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Dawn Of The Diesels

By Rob66
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By the early 1980s all the Deltics had been withdrawn from traffic but their story does not end as six of them were preserved.

Thanks for looking.

Tags: Railway Train Transport East lancashire railway Bury Deltic 55022 Royal scots grey

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Richsr Plus
9 90 222 England
28 May 2010 12:16PM
Like the details and tones in this - work for me.
Regards Richard

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CliveA 10 5 United Kingdom
28 May 2010 4:02PM
Memories of them replacing the pacifics on the 'Queen of Scots' pullman coming to Harrogate. They looked majestic in two tone green, something that was robbed when BR blue took hold. Nothing could change the stirring sound they made though and seeing them at night bombing through York sent tingles up my spine.
Glad they saved so many
Clive
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
28 May 2010 9:46PM
Like the processing in this great shot. - gary
Suehh 9 39 6 England
29 May 2010 7:16PM
Interesting detail in this - lots to see. Love the colour - really stands out - which I personally like.

Sue

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