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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

55022

This post (31st August 2010) is composed entirely of pictures of the class 55 locomotive, 55022 Royal Scots Grey, from three different contibutors.
The Deltic locomotive was built at the local Vulcan Foundry (VF number D557) and was delivered to BR on 28th February 1961 - she was numbered D9000. She was officially named at a special ceremony at Edinburgh Waverley in 1962. The 'D' prefix was removed c1970 and she was renumbered 55022 two years later. Withdrawal from service occurred in 1982 and a year later she was purchased by the 'Deltic 9000 Fund' and taken into preservation. Her current home is The East Lancashire Railway and her present owner is Martin Walker of Beaver Sports (Yorkshire) Ltd.

The two light engine shots were taken by John Smith and Ken Young on 24th August 2010. The working was ELR - Crewe; John was at Earlestown while Ken preferred Bank Quay.

On the following day the loco and 13 coaches departed Crewe for Carnforth on a crew training run. On the return run the train stopped at Arpley Yard to obtain enough fuel for the Compass railtour engagement on August Monday (31st August 2010). She then returned to Crewe. Earlier in the day, unfortunately, a second training run had been aborted by DBS, leading to great disappointment among many of us waiting at Winwick.

Geoff Monks took the shot of 55022 on the training run with coaches at Froghall Lane Warrington on August 25th 2010.

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