The Class 55 English Electric Deltic group of diesel locomotives took over running the main London - Scotland service from the 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotives in the early 1960’s and remained in service until 1981.
D9019 entered service on December 29th 1961, based at Haymarket depot in Edinburgh, and received her Royal Highland Fusilier nameplates at a ceremony in Glasgow in September 1965. Renumbered 55019 in November 1973, the loco was one of only five members of the class to undergo and extensive general overhaul, this being carried out during an eight month visit to Doncaster Works.
As 55019 she was withdrawn on December 31st 1981, after hauling the 16.30 Aberdeen-York between Edinburgh and York - this was the final BR Deltic hauled service train. It was therefore appropriate that the loco should become the first to operate a train in preservation, an event which took place at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway eight months later, on August 22nd 1982. The locomotive remained on the NYMR until 1987, when she moved to the Midland Railway Centre and later the Great Central Railway. Here she is seen at the latter with a train from Leicester.
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