News – 10/01/11

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the very best for 2011.

Apologies for the lack of recent updates, it has been a bit hectic over the festive season but a normal service is now resuming……  Many thanks to everyone who has submitted gen and photos for use on this site, these will be appearing in the next couple of days.

47 367

The Stratford 47 Group’s 47 367 had its Number 1 bogie swapped with a reconditioned replacement at Weybourne workshops on the North Norfolk Railway over the 27th and 28th December.  Further details about the loco and group can be found on their website.
47 367 bogie swap at Weybourne 27/12/10 Photo courtesy Andre Kent

47 367 bogie swap at Weybourne 27/12/10 Photo courtesy Andre Kent

47 367 in the yard at Weybourne after its successful bogie swap 28/12/10 Photo courtesy Andre Kent

47 367 in the yard at Weybourne after its successful bogie swap 28/12/10 Photo courtesy Andre Kent

55 002

The holiday period has seen a busy time at the NRM with more work carried out on 55 002.  A big plus has seen the delivery of 2 brand new battery box covers for the loco after the original ones went “missing.”  A big thank you to Martin Walker for lending us one from 55 016 as a pattern.  The boiler roof section has seen repairs and repaint, this is now ready for the silencers to be fitted.  No 1 roof section has seen the header tank fitted and 3 of the 4 radiators, the 4th radiator ex Carr loco requires further work on before fitting .  More glossing of the engine room as taken place, including painting of the oil tanks and walls.

Brand new battery box cover Photo courtesy Pete Stojanovic

Brand new battery box cover Photo courtesy Pete Stojanovic

A repaired and painted boiler roof section Photo courtesy Pete Stojanovic

A repaired and painted boiler roof section Photo courtesy Pete Stojanovic

New volunteer Liam connecting up the header tank Photo courtesy Pete Stojanovic

New volunteer Liam connecting up the header tank Photo courtesy Pete Stojanovic

Radiators fitted to No 1 roof section Photo courtesy Pete Stojanovic

Radiators fitted to No 1 roof section Photo courtesy Pete Stojanovic

55 022

55 022 ‘ROYAL SCOTS GREY’ CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN STYLE!!

As many will know 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction to British Railways service of the iconic production version of the English Electric Type 5 ‘Deltic’ Diesel-Electric locomotives.

It gives me great pleasure that the 1st of the Class to be built, 55 022 continues today to operate on the Main Lines of the UK Rail Network, still hauling long trains, carrying hundreds of passengers at a speed of 100 Miles Per Hour. I’m sure that this fact is something that the EE designers would not have thought possible, back in 1961 when the majority of the small fleet of 22 locomotives were delivered!!

Despite being the first of the type off the production line, D9000 was the second locomotive to be delivered from EE’s Vulcan Foundry, as the loco was slightly delayed following installation of its short lived experimental flashing headlight. D9001 began the types BR career on 23rd February 1961, D900 followed 5 days later on the 28th. The remaining Class members, followed steadily until D9021 made the last entry in to service on 16th March 1962.

D9000 was originally allocated to 64B, Edinburgh’s Haymarket depot, where she spent the majority of her working life. The loco was named ‘Royal Scots Grey’ at Edinburgh Waverley station on 18th June 1962 and re-numbered 55 022 as the EE Type 5s became Class 55 under the British Rail TOPS Scheme.  The loco worked East Coast Main Line express services, until the type was replaced by the HST-High Speed Trains in 1976, and continued to earn her keep on secondary East Coast services and visited various parts of the UK during her final few months in BR Service working Railtours. The loco was the last to haul a passenger train in BR service, when she hauled the return Edinburgh to Kings Cross leg of ‘The Deltic Scotsman Farewell’ on 2nd January 1982, arriving at Doncaster Works three days later before being purchased by the Deltic 9000 Fund for preservation, eventually leaving the works on 8th September 1983.

A few years in preservation followed, initially being based at the Nene Valley Railway and visits to open days and other preserved railways became routine. In 1996 the loco was moved to Glasgow St. Rollox works, where work was completed to re-gain main line certification allowing ‘RSG’, to be the first Deltic to haul a passenger train on the National Network, when she departed for Kings Cross on 30th November. Unfortunately 22 only managed to get as far as Berwick, but after a return to St. Rollox she settled in to a second mainline career working charters throughout much of Britain and also marked the Class’s return to scheduled work with regular operation for Virgin Trains. The owners changed their name to Deltic 9000 Locomotives Ltd. (DNLL) and made its final passenger journey under their ownership on 11th August 2002, completing a trip between Liverpool Street and Norwich.  By this time DNLL’s finances were exhausted and the loco was stored at Hornsey TMD until purchased by Beaver Sports in July 2004.

A thorough overhaul and extensive renovation including re-skinning of most of the bodywork was completed by Deltic Preservation Society Commercial Services, Contractors at Barrow Hill, with the loco being once again registered for main lime operation in August 2006. The last 4 years have seen the loco work to many parts hauling passenger charters, as well as operating regularly at her East Lancashire Railway home and at other preserved railways and events.

To celebrate ‘Royal Scots Grey’s 50th birthday a series of special trains are being operated by Spitfire Railtours over the 1st weekend of March. Friday 4th see’s a Preston to London Euston ‘positioning move’, followed by the main tour on Saturday 5th, a very fitting Kings Cross to Edinburgh and return journey, exactly what D9000 was designed to do all those years ago!! Followed on the Sunday, by a Paddington to Preston journey, all three days giving a total of around 1250 miles of travel behind EE’s finest.

Full details and a booking form can be found on our website http://www.royalscotsgrey.com or can be obtained by calling Beaver Sports on 01484-512354. We hope that all will join us in wishing ‘Royal Scots Grey’ and happy 50th Birthday and we look forward to many more years enjoying that distinctive Napier roar throughout the UK……..

Martin Walker

Recent Workings

Several preserved loco’s have been in use recently on Santa specials and thunderbird duties across the country:
A snowy scene at Toddington TMD 18/12/10 Photo courtesy Mike Pember

A snowy scene at Toddington TMD 18/12/10 Photo courtesy Mike Pember47 376 and 47 105 at Toddington TMD 18/12/10 Photo courtesy Mike Pember

47 376 and 47 105 at Toddington TMD 18/12/10 Photo courtesy Mike Pember

47 376 and 47 105 at Toddington TMD 18/12/10 Photo courtesy Mike Pember

20 188 at Kidderminster 19/12/10. Following a points failure at the station, the engine was used to top and tail the last Santa Special of the day Photo courtesy Nigel Smith

20 188 at Kidderminster 19/12/10. Following a points failure at the station, the engine was used to top and tail the last Santa Special of the day Photo courtesy Nigel Smith

20 188 at Kidderminster 19/12/10. Following a points failure at the station, the engine was used to top and tail the last Santa Special of the day Photo courtesy Nigel Smith

20 188 at Kidderminster 19/12/10. Following a points failure at the station, the engine was used to top and tail the last Santa Special of the day Photo courtesy Nigel Smith

D123 working the 14.10 Loughboro'- Leics North Santa train at Woodthorpe on 24/12/10 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

D123 working the 14.10 Loughboro'- Leics North Santa train at Woodthorpe on 24/12/10 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

 D7629 approaching Rushcliffe Halt with the 13.12 Loughboro'-Ruddington Mince Pie-ex 27/12/10 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

D7629 approaching Rushcliffe Halt with the 13.12 Loughboro'-Ruddington Mince Pie-ex 27/12/10 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

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Posted January 10, 2011 by presgen in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News