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47 596 Test Run

47 596 successfully underwent a loaded lest run on 2nd January 2012 with 2 locos and six coaches in tow some 400+ tonnes on the 14:00 Dereham – Wymondham Abbey.  This was the first run out since engine repairs were started in 2009.  The following three photos from the test run are from and credited to Geoff Tibble:

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Severn Valley Railway Special Workings – 02/02/12

Bill Pizer’s photos of some recent special workings on the SVR.  D8188 arrives at Highley with the 12.05 ex Arley ‘mixed goods’, D8188 at Bewdley North with the 12.45 Highley-Kidderminster ‘mixed goods’, D8059 leaves Kidderminster with the 14.15 ‘crane’ to Bewdley 02/01/12:

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GCR(N) Xmas Holiday Trains 27 & 28/12/11

Bill Pizer’s photos of the GCR(N) Xmas holiday trains.  20 154 departs Ruddington with the 14.30 to Loughboro’ 27/12/11.  20 154 at Rushcliffe South with the 15.10 Loughboro’-Ruddington and 20 154 calls at Rushcliffe Halt with the 15.10 Loughboro’-Ruddington 28/12/11.

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Edinburgh Explorer 2 – 19/11/11

Two photos from Jon Dunster of 50 044 and 50 049 at Chevington loop and after arrival at Edinburgh with Spitfire Tours “Edinburgh Explorer 2”.

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2011 Report for Deltic’s 55 022 and 55 016

I’m very proud that ‘Royal Scots Grey’, ‘Gordon Highlander’, myself and our much valued great support team have played a big part in the amazing 50th year of the Deltics. Following is a round up of the year’s events for ‘Royal Scots Grey’ and ‘Gordon Highlander’.

January began with us resurrecting D9016’s defective engine that had been out of service for around 7 years and the loco ran up and down Baron Street Yard at the ELR late at night on the 4th. 55 022 took part in the ELR’s Diesel Theme Day on the 8th and then took the Class 40 Preservation Society’s D335 to Barrow Hill on the 11th. The following Saturday saw both 55 022 and D9016 operate the diesel diagram at the ELR after which 55 022 was placed inside Buckley Wells Carriage & Wagon shed for painting.

February was rather quiet operationally!! The last day of the month saw 55 022 being rolled out of the shed painted in ‘York Railtour’ livery and carrying celebratory birthday banter on the 28th, exactly 50 years from the date when ‘RSG’ was delivered to British Railways.

March, saw the special 50th Birthday 3 day railtour which saw ‘RSG’ run to Carnforth on the 3rd and then operate from Preston to London Euston next morning, London Kings Cross to Edinburgh and return on the 5th and Euston back to Preston on the 6th and immediately back light to Bury. The loco operated faultlessly over the 1,250 or so miles covered, highlights of the memorable three days were the Queens Piper playing us out of Kings Cross and the proud chaps from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regimental Association meeting us on arrival at Edinburgh. At the ELR, D9016 played his part in the Spring Diesel weekend on Sunday 6th and 55 022 operated the diesel diagram on Saturday 19th.

April turned out to be most memorable and events took many by surprise!! 55 022 headed light engine on the 10th from Bury to North Blyth to operate the ‘Rio Tinto – Alcan’ tank trains for GB Railfreight and worked all of the North Blyth to Lynemouth trains hauling 21 PCA tank wagons until the 21st. ‘RSG’ then returned home to join D9016 for the ‘Deltic 50’ event at the ELR over the 4 day Easter holidays. Due to 22 being away, ‘Gordon’ stood in on the 15th working a Footplate Experience Day. After the Easter ELR event, 22 returned to Northumberland on the 26th from Hopwood Ground Frame after being hauled to the ELR’s mainline connection by 71000 ‘Duke of Gloucester’ together with the steam loco’s support coach and spent the last few days of the month back on the ‘Alcans’.

May saw 55 022 continuing to operate the North Blyth to Lynemouth services for GB RailFreight, until the 18th when she travelled light engine to Bo’ness via Carlisle. Despite the doubts of many ‘apparent experts’ advice on the internet, ‘RSG’ performed soundly and as planned on all the ‘Alcan’ workings and the only defect requiring attention was replacement of two engine room light bulbs. Luckily some fantastic sunny weather allowed hundreds of photographers to take some great photos of these special workings. The loco then worked between North Berwick and Kyle of Lochalsh and back on the 28th. The next day amazingly saw 55 022 detached from the empty SRPS train at Bo’ness and run light to Craigentinny and then onwards to Fort William. Returning the next day hauling the ‘Alcan Tanks’ for GB RailFreight as far as Mossend Yard, then light back to Bo’ness. The same day saw 22 featured on the BBC ‘Breakfast’ show working the North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcans’. 55 022 remained at Bo’ness for the remaining days of the month and in to June.

June was rather quiet following the previous couple of months and the only mainline work for 55 022 was the overnight trip on the longest weekend of daylight from Linlithgow to Wick and Thurso on the 17th and 18th. The following day she worked an SRPS service train from Bo’ness to Manuel Junction in tandem with tiny steam loco number 17 as part of her return to Bury, this also saw the loco haul 37 676 to Carnforth and continue light to Bury the next day where she worked a Footplate Experience day on the 27th.

July started with both 22 and 16 playing a small part in the Railway’s summer diesel gala between the 1st and 3rd of the month, 22 left home the following week for Carnforth, hauling the coaches to Doncaster on the 8th and then headed South West towards Paignton the next day. A small exhaust fire at Whiteball Tunnel saw the loco hauled by the accompanying West Coast Railway’s Class 47 for the rest of the outbound journey. Fortunately ‘RSG’ was OK and worked back from Paignton to Doncaster in tandem with the 47. Next day she returned home to Bury via Barrow Hill, where the CFPS’s 40, D335 was collected en-route. The only other working that month saw D9016 work it’s so far one and only normal days diesel diagram at the ELR!!

August began on the 3rd with 55 022 running from Bury to Ramsbottom and Heywood driver training for GB RailFreight, then running light to Peterborough on the 19th to work their staff train to Weston-Super-Mare the next day. This also included an E.C.S. run to the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard where the stock was serviced for the return to Peterborough. Sunday 21st, saw 22 hauled to Doncaster by 66 726 in the company of 2 other GBRF 66’s. The loco was stabled at the Royal Mail Terminal before heading home to Bury on the 23rd. The following Sunday saw 22 operate the ELR’s diesel diagram and also on the Bank Holiday Monday as part of the ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’, unfortunately no day for a bear or anyone to enjoy picnic as it rained for most of the day!!

September turned out to be fairly busy beginning on Friday the 2nd when 22 left Bury for Crewe and worked to and from Weymouth the next day, returning back to Bury on the Sunday. 9 days later she ran light to Carnforth and then made the long journey from Crewe to Oban and return on Tuesday the 14th, returning to Bury next day and then worked another Footplate Experience Day on Friday 17th. GB RailFreight were short of operational locos and required the services of 22 once again for the ‘Alcan Tanks’ and the loco ran light engine to Lynemouth on the 22nd. The North Blyth services were operated until the 27th when the loco ran light to Carlisle, remaining stabled in the Station until the 29th when she headed back home to Bury.

October will live in Deltic Fan’s memories for many years, the action started on the 5th when ‘Gordon Highlander’ was rolled out of Buckley Wells Carriage and Wagon shed, looking smart with his new full yellow nose ends and an appeal was started to raise funds required to return the loco to mainline operation. Thanks to all who have donated, this has so far raised just over £550.00 towards the huge sum involved. Next morning saw 55 022 depart from home hauling D9016 to Barrow Hill, from where D9009 was collected from the Deltic Preservation Society’s depot. The three then travelled to the Wensleydale Railway’s mainline connection and collected 55 019 and 55 002, all 5 then travelling the short distance up the East Coast Main Line through Darlington and on to Locomotion/NRM at Shildon. The weekend of the 8th and 9th saw these 5 joined by D9015 and the prototype ‘Deltic’ on display at the ‘Magnificent 7’ event, this was attended by thousands of Deltic fans and the event included two photo shoot evenings and a 5 loco simultaneous start up on the Sunday afternoon. 55 022 hauled D9009, 55 002, 55 019 and D9016 to Castleton on Tuesday 11th with ‘Gordon Highlander’ hauling the locos in to Bury ready for the following weekend. ‘Gordon’ began working a Driving Experience Day at the ELR on Friday 14th; unfortunately he had to be rescued by Class 47 D1501 on Broadfield Bank due to a defective engine governor. 55 022 was ready to take over at Bury and completed the rest of the day. The following morning saw the start of the ELR’s ‘Deltic Gathering’ with ‘Royal Scots Grey’ and ‘Gordon Highlander’ being joined for two days of intensive Deltic operation by ‘Kings Own Yorkshire Light infantry’, ‘Alycidon’ and ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’. The highlight for many was the Saturday evening ‘Beerex’ train with all 5 locos hauling 6 coaches up the hill to Rawtenstall. This was particularly memorable for myself as I was very privileged and appreciative to be driving 22 at the head of the train. Tuesday 18th saw the unusual site of ‘RSG’ hauling 3 other Deltics and an Harsco Rail Grinding machine from Bury up to Castleton, 22 then continued to Barrow Hill returning 9 and 19 to their home and then on to York to drop 2 off at the National Railway Museum, leaving 22 to head back home alone. Finally ‘Gordon’ celebrated his 50th birthday on the 27th.

November began for us on the 11th when 55 022 worked yet another of the ELR’s ever popular Deltic Footplate Experience Days, followed by the Railways full day diesel diagram on Saturday 19th. The Napier T18-37K engine purchased from the PTF-3 Restoration Project in the USA arrived at Beaver Sport’s warehouse and we soon hope to start work preparing it for loco use. The last few days of the month saw 22 set off once again light engine to Carnforth on the 28th and then hauled by 57 601 in the early hours next morning to Worcester on the rear of the coaching stock. From where she worked the long trip to Perth and back, being used as the ‘Lickey Banker’ on the empties back to Carnforth assisting 57 601. ‘RSG’ then remained at West Coast’s depot for a few days.

December started immediately on the 1st when 22 was hauled with a few coaches to Bo’ness by a West Coast Class 47. The next day saw 2011’s final railtour with the loco working from Linlithgow to Lincoln and return, for the City’s famous Christmas Market. All went fine as far as York on the outbound journey, just after leaving there, a lack of power was noted, this turned out to be a fractured Reg Air pipe to the number 1 engine. The low power output was soon rectified by altering the engine control valves. This meant that both engines were speeding up simultaneously and a superb run was enjoyed on the return journey. The loco was running as originally built and before modifications were made due to the fitting of Electric Train Heating, and wow did she move!! Luckily the Reg air problem was soon repaired after the loco arrived back home following a run from Bo’ness being hauled to Carnforth with more coaches by the 47 on the 4th and onwards to Bury the same evening, completing what has been a fabulous year!!!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our support team who have helped out with all of this years activity’s both mechanically and with our sales etc. Everyone involved in any way at the East Lancashire Railway with operating and maintaining 16 and 22 and getting us on and off the mainline, often at unsociable hours. Spitfire, Pathfinder, SRPS Railtours and GB RailFreight for hiring 55 022 for use on the mainline. The Train Operating Companies and their operational staff involved in operating ‘RSG’. All involved at the East Lancashire Railway, National Railway Museum, Locomotion at Shildon, the KOYLI Group and the Deltic Preservation Society for their co-operation in organising the special events in October. Guy Middleton for organising railtour bookings and Kevin McCormick for hosting the website.

Finally a huge thank you to all for their much valued support, kind and encouraging comments, excellent support of our sales and raffles which help raise funds to ensure we can continue maintaining and operating ‘Royal Scots Grey’ and ‘Gordon Highlander’.

I’m sure that no one could ever have imagined in their wildest dreams that the 50th year and virtually 30 years after B.R. service ended, so much could have happened, and let’s hope that 2012 will be just as good as what turned out to be such a special year in 2011!!!!

We hope to soon complete our new book project, a full colour production featuring solely on 2011’s fascinating Deltic happenings, please ensure you purchase a copy, as this will assist us greatly with our fundraising. Following is a list of the huge amount of workings carried out last year by 55 022 and D9016. Plans are developing for Railtours and operation at the East Lancashire Railway and hopefully some other preserved Railway’s this year and details will be announced on this website as soon as they are finalised. Finally I hope all Deltic fans have had a Great Christmas and I’d like to wish everyone all the best for the New Year.

Thanks Very Much and Best Wishes,

Martin Walker

8th January 55 022 ELR Diesel Theme day.

 11th January 55 022 Bury to Barrow Hill hauling Class 40 D335, Light engine Barrow Hill to Bury.

 15th January 55 022/D9016 ELR Diesel Diagram.

 3rd March 55 022 Bury to Carnforth Light Engine.

 4th March 55 022 Carnforth to Preston E.C.S. Preston to London Euston ‘The Royal Scots Grey’.

 5th March 55 022 Southall to Hornsey E.C.S., London Kings Cross to Edinburgh to Kings Cross ‘The Royal Scots Grey’, Hornsey to Southall E.C.S.

 6th March 55 022 London Euston to Preston ‘The Royal Scots Grey’, Preston to Carnforth E.C.S., Carnforth to Castleton Light Engine, Castleton to Bury hauling Steam ‘Black 5’ 45407 and support coach. D9016 ELR Diesel Weekend,

 19th March 55 022 ELR Diesel Diagram.

 10th April, 55 022 Bury to Tyne Dock to North Blyth Light Engine.

 11th -15th April 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 15th April D9016 ELR Footplate Experience Day.

 16th April 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’. Lynemouth to Tyne Dock Light Engine.

 17th April Tyne Dock to Heaton T.M.D. to Tyne Dock hauling GB Railfreight Class 66’s.

 18th April Tyne Dock to North Blyth Light Engine, GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 19th – 21st April 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 21st April 55 022 Lynemouth to Bury Light Engine.

 2ndd April 55 022/D9016 ELR Diesel Diagram/ ‘Deltic 50’ Event.

 23rd April 55 022/D9016 ELR Diesel Diagram/ ‘Deltic 50’ Event.

 24th April 55 022/D9016 ELR Diesel Diagram/ ‘Deltic 50’ Event.

 25th April 55 022/D9016 ELR Diesel Diagram/ ‘Deltic 50’ Event.

 26th April 55 002 Hopwood Ground Frame to Lynemouth Light Engine, Lynemouth to North Blyth GB Railfreight ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 27th April – 29th April 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 30th April 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’. Lynemouth to Tyne Dock Light Engine.

 1st May Tyne 55 022 Tyne Dock to Heaton T.M.D. to Tyne Dock hauling GB Railfreight Class 66’s.

 2nd May 55 022 Tyne Dock to North Blyth Light Engine. GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 3rd May – 6th May 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 7th May 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’. Lynemouth to Tyne Dock Light Engine.

 8th May Tyne 55 022 Tyne Dock to Heaton T.M.D. to Tyne Dock hauling GB Railfreight Class 66’s.

 9th May 55 022 Tyne Dock to North Blyth Light Engine. GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’

 10th May – 13th May 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 14th May 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’. Lynemouth to Tyne Dock Light Engine.

 15th May Tyne 55 022 Tyne Dock to Heaton T.M.D. to Tyne Dock hauling GB Railfreight Class 66’s.

 16th May 55 022 Tyne Dock to North Blyth Light Engine. GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’

 17th May 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 18th May 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’, North Blyth to Bo’ness via Carlisle Light Engine.

 27thMay 55 022 Bo’ness to Manuel Junction Empty Coaching Stock.

 28th May 55 022 North Berwick to Kyle of Lochalsh to North Berwick ‘The Kyle Crusader’.

 29th May 55 022 Greenhill Junction to Bo’ness Ground Frame E.C.S. Bo’ness Junction to Craigentinny to Fort William Light Engine.

 30th May 55 022 Fort William to Mossend Yard GB RailFreight ‘Alcan Tanks’. Mossend Yard to Bo’ness Light Engine.

 17th June 55 022 Manuel Junction to Linlithgow E.C.S. Linlithgow to Georgemas Junction ‘The Far North Challenger’.

 18th June 55 022 Thurso to Georgemas Junction to Thurso E.C.S., Wick to Georgemas Junction E.C.S., Wick to Linlithgow ‘The Far North Challenger’

 19th June Linlithgow to Bo’ness Junction E.C.S. Manuel Junction to Bo’ness E.C.S. Bo’ness to Manuel Junction in tandem with Steam loco No. 17. Linlithgow Up Passenger Loop to Carnforth hauling West Coast Railways 37 676.

 20th June 55 022 Carnforth to Bury Light Engine.

 27th June 55 022 ELR Footplate Experience Day.

 1st July 55 022/D9016 ELR Diesel Gala.

 2nd July D9016 ELR Diesel Gala.

 3rd July 55 022 ELR Diesel Gala.

 8th July 55 022 Bury to Carnforth Light Engine, Carnforth to Doncaster via Skipton E.C.S.

 9th July 55 022 Doncaster to Tiverton Loop, Paignton to Doncaster ‘The Devonian’.

 10th July 55 022 Doncaster to Barrow Hill Light Engine, Barrow Hill to Bury via Hope Valley hauling Class 40 D335.

 16th July D9016 ELR Diesel Diagram.

 3rd August 55 022 Bury to Ramsbottom to Heywood to Bury, hauling D9016 and 37 901 GB RailFreight Driver Training.

 19th August 55 022 Bury to Peterborough Light Engine.

 20th August 55 022 Peterborough to Weston-Super-Mare ‘GBRF Staff Train’. Weston-Super-Mare to Bishops Lydeard to Weston-Super-Mare E.C.S., Weston-Super-Mare to Peterborough ‘GBRF Staff Train’.

 23rd August 55 022 Doncaster Royal Mail Terminal to Bury Light Engine.

 28th August 55 022 ELR Diesel Diagram.

 29th August 55 022 ELR Diesel Diagram.

 2nd September 55 022 Bury to Crewe Light Engine.

 3rd September 55 022 Crewe to Weymouth to Crewe, ‘The Dorset Deltic Explorer’.

 4th September 55 022 Crewe to Bury Light Engine.

 13th September 55 022 Bury to Carnforth Light Engine.

 14th September 55 022 Crewe to Oban to Crewe ‘The Lochs and Glens Napier’.

 15th September 55 022 Carnforth to Bury Light Engine.

 17th September 55 022 ELR Freight Footplate Experience Day.

 22nd September 55 022 Bury to Lynemouth Light Engine. GB RailFreight Lynemouth to North Blyth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 23rd – 24th September 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 26th September 55 022 GB RailFreight North Blyth to Lynemouth ‘Alcan Tanks’.

 27th September 55 022 Lynemouth to North Blyth to Lynemouth GB RailFreight ‘Alcan Tanks’, Lynemouth to Carlisle Light Engine.

 29th September 55 022 Carlisle to Bury Light Engine.

 6thOctober 55 022 Bury to Barrow Hill hauling D9016, Barrow Hill to Castle Hills Junction hauling D9016 and D9009, Castle Hills Junction to Locomotion/NRM Shildon hauling D9016, D9009, 55 019 and 55 002.

 11thOctober 55 022 Locomotion/NRM Shildon to Castleton hauling D9016, D9009, 55 019 and 55 002. D9016 Castleton to Bury hauling D9009, 55 019, 55 002 and 55 022.

 14th October D9016 ELR Footplate Experience Day, removed midday due to governor problem. 55 022 ELR Footplate Experience Day replacing D9016.

 15th October 55 022/D9016 ELR ‘Deltic Gathering’ Event.

 16th October 55 022/D9016 ELR ‘Deltic Gathering’ Event.

 18thOctober 55 022 Bury to Hopwood Ground Frame hauling D9009, 55 019, 55 002 and Harsco Rail Grinder, Hopwood Ground Frame to Barrow Hill hauling D9009, 55 019 and 55 002, Barrow Hill to NRM York hauling 55 002, NRM York to Bury Light Engine.

 11th November 55 022 ELR Footplate Experience Day.

 19th November 55 022 ELR Diesel Diagram.

 28th November 55 022 Bury to Carnforth Light Engine.

29th November 55 022 Worcester to Perth to Worcester ‘The Scotsman’

30th November 55 022 Worcester to Birmingham New Street, Top and Tail E.C.S, with West Coast Railways Class 47.

1st December 55 022 Bo’ness to Manuel Junction E.C.S.

2nd December 55 022 Bo’ness Ground Frame to Linlithgow E.C.S., Linlithgow to Lincoln ‘The Santa Express’. Lincoln to Barnetby E.C.S., Barnetby toLincoln E.C.S., Lincoln to Linlithgow ‘The Santa Express’, Linlithgow to Polmont Junction E.C.S.

4th December 55 022 Carnforth to Bury Light Engine.

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