Deltic 50 Event – Shildon

A selection of photos from the Deltic 50 Event at Shildon and associated rail moves:

Photos from Robin Johnson:

Photos from Steven Campbell:

Some photos from Brian Sherrington of the Deltic 50 event at NRM Shildon and associated moves (North Blyth to Heywood via Carlisle) and Heywood to Shildon (via Barrow Hill and Leeming Bar):


The 19.25 Bury to Rawtenstall service at this Saturdays East Lancashire Railway 50th Year of the Deltics
gathering should see the operation of Britain’s most powerful train ever!!

The train is rostered to be hauled by 5 iconic ‘Deltic’ diesel locomotives, lead by the 1st of 22 of the type built 55 022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’, with Class mates 55 019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’, 55 022 ‘Kings Own
Yorkshire Light Infantry’, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ and D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’ all powering the train.

The locomotives were built by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-Le-Willows, Lancashire
and powered by Twin 18 Cylinder Napier Deltic Engines, giving a power output of 3,300 Horse Power.
When introduced to service in 1961, the type were the most powerful locomotives in the world. They
remained the most powerful diesel locomotive in Britain right up until the withdrawal of the Class from
British Rail service in January 1982.

Following research by Pip Dunn, editor of Railways Illustrated magazine, the current known record in
Britain for the most powerful train is a 16 Car ‘Voyager’ type multiple unit with an output of 12,000hp
and the most powerful locomotive hauled train was 4 Class 50’s with a power of 10,800hp.

Unfortunately D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’ currently only has one operational engine, reducing it to 1650hp; the combined locomotive power hauling the 6 Passenger Carrying Coaches will be 14,850 Horse Power, considerably breaking the current record!!!!

Details regarding the special occasion celebrating the Deltic locomotives 50th anniversary can be found
on the East Lancashire Railway’s website

Details of all 5 operational Deltic locomotives and their owners can be found at , and

Accompanying Photo showing all 5 of the locomotives travelling from Shildon to the East Lancashire
Railway, passing Horbury, near Wakefield on Tuesday 11th October taken by Mark Allatt.


Posted October 16, 2011 by presgen in PD News 2011