No steam at Bury Bolton Street station, the diesels have taken over. The locomotive is Deltic No. 55022 'Royal Scots Grey' built by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry in Newton le Willows in 1961. This Company built many locomotives, steam and diesel, for Britain's railways and also for export, it is now a housing estate.
The Deltics were very popular amongst railway enthusiasts in the diesel era being a powerful express passenger locomotive operating exclusively on the East Coast Route from King's Cross to Edinburgh. Only 22 examples were built and all were named, some after regiments of the British Army associated with the East Coast route e.g. 'The Durham Light Infantry' and some after Derby winning racehorses e.g. 'St Paddy'.
By the late 1970s the Deltics had been supplanted from front line duties by the arrival of the new High Speed Trains (HSTs) and thus began to appear on secondary sevices such as trains to Cleethorpes and on transpennine Newcastle to Liverpool trains.
By the early 1980s all the Deltics had been withdrawn from traffic but their story does not end as six of them were preserved.
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