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Date: 01/14/20 18:03
Deltic locomotive at London Kings Cross, 1977
Author: eminence_grise

Class 55009 "Royal Highland Fuselier" is shown on a northbound passenger train at London Kings Cross station in December 1977. 

Deltics were named for racehorses and Army Regiments.



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Date: 01/14/20 18:59
Re: Deltic locomotive at London Kings Cross, 1977
Author: krm152

Definitely like the Deltics.  They look and sound good.
Thanks for the posting.
ALLEN



Date: 01/14/20 19:39
Re: Deltic locomotive at London Kings Cross, 1977
Author: F7sForever

Way cool! Are these the ones that have EMD motors? I am going to have to look into these a bit more.

Jody

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Date: 01/14/20 20:57
Re: Deltic locomotive at London Kings Cross, 1977
Author: eminence_grise

F7sForever Wrote:
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> Way cool! Are these the ones that have EMD motors?
> I am going to have to look into these a bit more.
>
> Jody
>
> Posted from iPhone

They had a pair of Napier diesels, these were unique in that they were opposed piston, arranged in a triangle with three crankshafts. They were very complex, but were serviced by the manufacturer every so many hours (like aircraft engines). They were mounted so as to be able to be replaced in a single shift. They were loud and in certain conditions, very smokey.



Date: 01/15/20 04:16
Re: Deltic locomotive at London Kings Cross, 1977
Author: exhaustED

Called 'Deltics' due to their delta-shaped triangular configuration of cylinders in each of their 2 engines. Each engine had 18 cylinders. Combined power of these was 3300hp, they 100mph locomotives. The one in the photo above was actually 55019, not 55009. 55009 was named 'Alycidon' after a famous racehorse.



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Date: 01/15/20 04:26
Re: Deltic locomotive at London Kings Cross, 1977
Author: 55002

A thing of beauty. Guess why I'm '55002' on here!!!!!    Chris uk.




Date: 01/15/20 04:27
Re: Deltic locomotive at London Kings Cross, 1977
Author: exhaustED

Oooh, my favourite livery for a Deltic - stunning! 



Date: 01/15/20 15:53
Re: Deltic locomotive at London Kings Cross, 1977
Author: NDHolmes

eminence_grise Wrote:
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> They had a pair of Napier diesels, these were
> unique in that they were opposed piston, arranged
> in a triangle with three crankshafts.

Truly one of the weirdest large engine designs of all times.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napier_Deltic

I've been fascinated by these critters since I first learned of them and I'd love to see one actually operate, but somehow my trips to the UK never seem to correspond with when the surviving Class 55s are actually out and moving.



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