Why no Deltic?

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

As soon as the line-up for Four Trains was an­nounced, there was crit­i­cism that a Deltic was ab­sent.

The plans in­volved the trains that the Class 55s re­placed (steam), and the trains that re­placed the Deltics (High Speed Trains). But the 17 years dur­ing which the twin-en­gine 100mph diesels formed the main ex­press trac­tion were al­leged by many on so­cial me­dia to have been for­got­ten. RAIL’s Twit­ter and Face­book pages were both in­un­dated with calls for the Class 55 to be in­cluded.

Net­work Rail’s Manag­ing Direc­tor on the Lon­don North Eastern and East Mid­lands route, Rob McIntosh, un­der­stood the calls. Speak­ing to RAIL, he said: “The Deltic is part of the East Coast Main Line story. When I dis­cussed it [idea of Four Trains] the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum said it [D9002] had to be there.”

The lo­co­mo­tive (D9002 The King’s Own York­shire Light In­fantry) is main line-reg­is­tered and so could be used. The de­ci­sion was made for it to be on the rear of the rake of Mk 1s hauled by A3 60103 Fly­ing Scots­man, but this still didn’t ap­pease many on so­cial me­dia.

McIntosh ac­knowl­edged the de­ci­sion, but said: “I only have four tracks.” He added that Deltics have a “pre­cious place in the heart of York­shire”.

D9002 was able to be part of a line-up at York sta­tion, when the Four Trains and the Deltic were show­cased at the south end of the sta­tion. McIntosh praised his staff for that: “That was magic from sig­nallers on the day. Crowd man­age­ment was a con­cern, but we thought ‘let’s get them to the sta­tion’ - which was an idea we came up with three weeks ago.”

NET­WORK RAIL.

From left to right: D9002 The King’s OwnYork­shireLightIn­fantry, A3 60103 Fly­ingS­cots­man, Vir­gin Trains East Coast 43238 Na­tional Rail­way Mu­se­um40Years1975-2015, VTEC Mk 4 Driv­ing Van Trailer 82205 and Hi­tachi Rail Europe 800101.

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