Class 55

Never was there a more poignant symbol of East Coast Mainline power than the Class 55 Deltic, a locomotive built to see off the last of the LNER Gresleys and bring about a new era of High speed travel until the advent of the HST in the 1970s.

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Wearing the name and number of long fallen classmate 55007 ‘Pinza’, the actual locomotive is production Deltic premier D9000 or 55022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’. Recently this locomotive has gone under many names of scrapped examples, including 55003 ‘Meld.’

The locomotive has also been adorned in what is personally my favourite Deltic livery, the Finsbury Park blue, distinguishable by its white cab surrounds. This was done as a way of boosting morale at the Finsbury Park locomotive shed in north London at a time when the depot was facing closure.

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In somewhat slightly more exotic surroundings to its usual East Coast Mainline stomping ground, preserved British Railways Class 55 Deltic number D9009 (55009) ‘Alycidon’ roars along the River Teign at Teignmouth with the 1Z29 Derby to Kingswear, the ‘The Torbay & Dart Explorer.’ This is only the second time Alycidon has visited the South West, and the first time since it’s début tour on the ‘Mazey Day Cornishman’ service of June 2013. (04/07/2015)

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Giving it some gun is preserved Class 55 Deltic number D9009 ‘Alycidon’ working the ‘Mazey Day Cornishman’ from Penzance to Tame Bridge Parkway past Teignmouth. (29/06/2013)

Special thanks to my brother for taking the picture! 😀

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An interesting passing of the former and the current kings of the East Coast Mainline. In the background, the present, a Virgin Trains East Coast Class 91 departs Peterborough bound for London King’s Cross, while in the foreground, the past, with preserved Class 55 Deltic, 55007 ‘Pinza’ (or 55022 in disguise) reverses in the siding on the Nene Valley Railway.