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The Deltic Years: From Prototype to Preservation

The Deltic Years: From Prototype to Preservation

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In 1961, with the steam age entering its final years and attracting the full attention of enthusiasts, few could have foreseen that in 20 years time, the same the adulation lavished on the fast disappearing steam locomotive would be bestowed on a class of diesels.

But the Deltics were no ordinary locomotives. Their speed and power, then unsurpassed by any other diesel, their impressive appearance, unmistakable deep-toned roar and characteristic exhaust plumes were to set them apart from other classes. Like the steam locomotives they replaced, they developed individual personalities and commanded fierce loyalties from railmen and enthusiasts alike. For almost two decades they set new standards of speed and reliability on the crack East Coast expresses and were only finally eclipsed by the arrival of the High Speed Train in 1978.

In this lively, personal and non-technical account, Hugh Watson tells the month-by-month, sometimes day-to-day, story of the Deltic years, from the early period of consolidation, through the middle years of achievement and domination, to the final period of sad decline, withdrawal and disposal. The highly charged and emotional scenes which greeted the commemorative last 'Deltic'-hauled train at King's Cross on the evening of 2 January 1982 have rarely if ever been paralleled in British railway history, and the moving account is sure to bring a tear to the eye of all but the most hard-hearted enthusiast!

The book concludes, however, on a note of optimism, with seven of these magnificent machines, including the prototype, now safely preserved so that future generations can continue to enjoy the unique sights and sounds of the 'Deltic' era.

A native of the North-east of England and a life-long railway enthusiast, Hugh Watson grew up with the 'Deltics' and followed their fortunes with pen and camera throughout their reign on the East Coast Main Line. He is Joint North-east Region Co-ordinator for the 'Deltic' Preservation Society, so is actively involved in the preservation of these much-loved locomotives.

Hardback with dust jacket, 19x25cm, 192 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Good/Very Good

ISBN: 9781852600952

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