Having only just mounted their loco (37372) on Brighton Belle accommodation bogies and issued a press release last week the Baby Deltic Project (BDP) learnt the following day that a pair of Class 20 bogies had been made available to them.
The bogies are surplus to the requirements of Direct Rail Services Ltd and have already been delivered to Barrow Hill.
Although they are minus traction motors / gearcases and brake cylinders this is a massive step forward for the project.
Said project spokesman Simon Hartshorne “This has come out of the blue, we are very grateful indeed to DRS for making these bogies available to us, two weeks ago we were faced with a seemingly impossible search for bogies and now we are well on the way to having everything that we need to complete the recreation of a Baby Deltic.”
“People have been very supportive during our six months of need, we certainly found out who our friends were when we needed help. We owe a debt of gratitude to the 5BEL Trust for loaning us accommodation bogies to keep us mobile and to Barrow Hill Roundhouse for giving us a home.”
“We’ll start to draw up a plan for the conversion which will be published in due course, but for the meantime we are back on track.”
Apologies everyone for the issue of the previous press release – that’ll teach me to read the inbox from the first message up! Matt