NRM”s “Deltic” returns to action – now set for main line service

Published: 09:36AM Oct 20th, 2011

A main line return is planned for No. 55002, the restoring group has set up a dedicated fund for this purpose.

NRM”s “Deltic” returns to action – now set for main line service

THE National Railway Museum is set to return its newly restored ‘Deltic’ 55002 The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry to the main line, hopefully in 2012. The loco, which has undergone an extensive restoration over the past two years by the NRM’s ‘KOYLI Group’ volunteers, successfully returned to service at the NYMR diesel gala on September 17-19, and visited the Wensleydale Railway a week later. Only a couple of minor problems were encountered, unsurprising given that the loco had not operated for around 14 years. These were a field divert problem on one power unit and a small fuel leak.

Returning 55002 to the main line is likely to cost £25,000, and an appeal has been launched via to raise funds to help pay for OTMR, TPWS and other costs associated with main line registration. It is possible that the loco could be Network Rail certified in time for it to be used on shuttles between York and Shildon in connection with the ‘Railfest’ event being held over the bank holiday week from June 2-10. Later on that month, June 18 marks the 50th anniversary of ‘Deltics’ taking over the Flying Scotsman service, which could also offer scope for some form of commemorative working.

David Russell

Responses to “NRM”s “Deltic” returns to action – now set for main line service”

Current Issue: Dec 2015

Issue Dec 2015

48 pages of modelling
A last look at Warren Lane
Modelling container terminals
'Hymeks' then and now
; savouring the gutsy Type 3s in preservation and BR days
Network Rail investment woes
Freightliner scraps coal wagons
Type 3 makes Borders Railway history
Train Ferry farewell
: Cross-Channel freight before the Tunnel
D818's inglorious end: How the 'Warship' was saved... then lost
Branch Line Society: 60 years young and still going strong


Buy this issue now

• Next issue on sale: December 17, 2015

Issue 235

Issue 235
Dec 2015

Essential reading for today's rail enthusiast

Subscribe and get this issue

Buy it now


Other News

ScotRail unveils first of 40 new-look trains

ScotRail unveils first of 40 new-look trains

The first of 40 refurbished Class 158s for Abellio ScotRail has been unveiled at Knorr-Bremse RailServices at Springburn.

Read More »

Eurostar power car joins National Collection

Eurostar power car joins National Collection

A Class 373 vehicle has been unveiled in the famous Great Hall in the NRM, York.

Read More »

View all...


Related magazines:

Heritage Railway magazine The Railway magazine Old Glory magazine

Use our handy tool to find your nearest stockist!
Find your nearest Stockist

Advertising Deadline:

Trade Advertising Deadlines:
January 2016 - Dec 3, 2015
February 2016 - Jan 7, 2016
For more information contact our Advertising representative:

Book advertising here

Next Issue Out:

December 17, 2015