This brand new full-colour 80 page hardback album by renowned Railway photographer Gavin Morrison looks back over 50 years of the Deltics, including 85 colour illustrations concentrating almost exclusively on the type's BR service days and a small number of post-preservation images. The vast majority are previously unpublished and all are accompanied by an highly detailed and informative caption.
With the desperate need to replace its ex L.N.E.R. 'Pacific' steam locomotives on the East Coast main line, English Electric constructed the 22-strong 'Deltic' class for British Railways. Developed from the prototype DP1 which has been preserved as part of the National Collection since 1963, the class derived their nickname from the use of the Napier Deltic diesel engine. Initially allocated to Haymarket, Gateshead and Finsbury Park depots, the type proved highly successful on the East Coast express services for which they were specially designed. However, as a class of only 22, the cost in maintenance was high. When the HSTs were introduced, the decision was taken to withdraw the type. In the last years of BR service, the class was to see operation away from their traditional route and was used regularly on services between Liverpool and Newcastle and less demanding tasks on the East Coast Main Line. All of the class was withdrawn from service between January 1980 and January 1982 with six eventually being preserved. Over the 30 years since the type's withdrawal, the remaining members have been seen on many preserved lines and the main line.
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