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photoblog image Great Central Gala Selection 1/7

Great Central Gala Selection 1/7

I attended two galas at the Great Central Railway, Loughborough during the summer that I haven't shown images from as yet.  This week features a few of the highlights during those events.

 

Owned by the Deltic Preservation Society number D9009 Alycidon was at Loughborough for a considerable time during the summer.  Here she departs Quorn for Leicester on a passenger train, a slightly lower speed journey than when she ran on Scotland bound expresses on the East Coast Main Line from Kings Cross.

 

Named at Doncaster Works on July 21st 1961 before introduction to traffic, D9009 maintained the 'racehorse' tradition of the LNER by commemorating the winner of the 1949 Ascot Gold Cup. Based at Finsbury Park in North London, Alycidon was one of eight 'racehorse' Deltics stabled there. In May 1981, she moved to York after the closure of Finsbury Park and was one of four Deltics prepared to work a series of farewell railtours during their final six months of operation. Her final outing in BR service was on January 2nd 1982 as standby locomotive for the 'Deltic Scotsman Farewell'.

Great Central Gala Selection 1/7

I attended two galas at the Great Central Railway, Loughborough during the summer that I haven't shown images from as yet.  This week features a few of the highlights during those events.

 

Owned by the Deltic Preservation Society number D9009 Alycidon was at Loughborough for a considerable time during the summer.  Here she departs Quorn for Leicester on a passenger train, a slightly lower speed journey than when she ran on Scotland bound expresses on the East Coast Main Line from Kings Cross.

 

Named at Doncaster Works on July 21st 1961 before introduction to traffic, D9009 maintained the 'racehorse' tradition of the LNER by commemorating the winner of the 1949 Ascot Gold Cup. Based at Finsbury Park in North London, Alycidon was one of eight 'racehorse' Deltics stabled there. In May 1981, she moved to York after the closure of Finsbury Park and was one of four Deltics prepared to work a series of farewell railtours during their final six months of operation. Her final outing in BR service was on January 2nd 1982 as standby locomotive for the 'Deltic Scotsman Farewell'.

comments (18)

These were hugely powerful locomotives which were state of the art when I was a kid and now they are museum pieces...
Brian Walbey: There's still a few running Bill and they do sound good.
A fine capture Brian of What looks to be a powerful loco. you must have been in your element here.
Brian Walbey: Part of a good day out Tim esoecially as it was my birthday. They were built for the London/Edinburgh services.
Blimey! British Railways never kept them as clean as this when they owned them. I vaguely remember seeing this beast after cycling from Cambridge to Huntingdon to train spot. Huntingdon which of course is on the Kings Cross line.
Brian Walbey: While you were cycling to Huntingdon my friend and I were cycling to Cambridge to spot.
I can only repeat..It does look powerful Brian..Good one.
Brian Walbey: They were very powerful at the time Ron,main line locos.of course.
nice capture, Brian. i like the colors on this one
Brian Walbey: One of several different liveries they had over the years Charles.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Dec 2010, 14:57
Brings back very happy memories of the ECML Brian
Brian Walbey: And I used to see them every day when I travelled into Kings Cross to work.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Dec 2010, 15:06
This one looks different from all the other trains I've seen from you guys, Brian. Interesting colors, too, especially the neon green.
Brian Walbey: This is a mixed bag of steam/diesel series Ginnie and when I worked in London in the 60's/70's I used to see these every day. They were built for the London/Edinburgh long distance services.
While I like trains I know nothing about them, and judge them solely sound good, look good and/or smell good. So mostly steam trains.
This one looks good.
Brian Walbey: These look good and sound good and powerful Sheila.
One of the better looking diesels Brian, but in reality very expensive to maintain. I look forward to seeing the rest of your Gala pictures.
Brian Walbey: They were indeed Les. Next week is something else then Christmas week is the Steam Railway gala, I've got some catching up to do.
Now as a non-rail enthusiast, I rather like this engine.
Brian Walbey: They sound as good as they look Chad.
Great statement of power, very good angle and great colour, nice one Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks John. (BTW there is a brief apology on the SC thumbnails page re the shutdown, I saw your comment to Chris.)
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2010, 17:08
Like Bill, it seems somewhat "odd" that something that still seems relatively modern should now be cast aside and used just by the preservationists. She looks in fine fettle; I can almost feel her throbbing from here.
Brian Walbey: She goes very well Alan and sounds a treat, a deep throaty roar.
Great image,very well turned out by the enthusiasts so bright and shiny
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, a few of these survived fortunately, and I say that not being a great diesel fan.
Good shot Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda.
It's a really well taken picture of a remarkably smart-looking and well-preserved engine.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ellie.
Interesting to read the history behind this powerful & well maintained engine, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes and a few still survive Beverly.
i just love the look of these type, seem to bring me back to childhood for some reason
Brian Walbey: They really were top class engines Derek, thank goodness they weren't all scrapped.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Dec 2010, 21:55
She's a beauty, Brian, and you have a heroic perspective here.
Brian Walbey: She is indeed Ray, thanks.

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