TQ3083 : Deltic at Platform 5 - King's Cross

taken 43 years ago, near to Finsbury, Islington, Great Britain

Deltic at Platform 5 - King's Cross
Deltic at Platform 5 - King's Cross
Only 18 years after TQ3083 : Night scene at King's Cross Station, steam has vanished and an iconic diesel type is also on its last legs. Thought to be just arrived with a train from Peterborough, this Deltic was difficult to identify and my thanks to Martin Baumann, whose contacts confirm it is 55 015 "Tulyar".
Kings Cross Station

King's Cross railway station is a central London railway terminus opened in 1852.
King's Cross is the southern terminus of the East Coast Main Line, one of the UK's major railway backbones. Some of its most important long-distance destinations are Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh. It also hosts outer-suburban services to Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire as well as a regional service to Peterborough, Cambridge and Kings Lynn.
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Deltic Locomotives

The pioneering high performance “Deltic” (Class 55) diesel-electric locomotives were famous as the successors to steam on British Rail.

Built in 1961 and 1962 by English Electric, they were designed for the high-speed express passenger services on the East Coast Main Line between London King's Cross and Edinburgh. They gained the name "Deltic" from the prototype locomotive, DP1 Deltic, which in turn was named after its Napier Deltic power units.

Twenty-two locomotives were built: they dominated express passenger services on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) particularly London – Leeds and London – Edinburgh services until 1978 when InterCity 125 'High Speed Trains' were introduced. 1978–81 saw them gradually relegated to semi-fast or newspaper–parcel–sleeper services along the ECML. Withdrawal came at the end of 1981. Six locomotives were preserved and are still running today. (LinkExternal link The Deltic Preservation Society).

East Coast Main Line

The East Coast Main Line is a 393 mile long high speed electrified railway between London and Edinburgh, via Peterborough, Doncaster, York and Newcastle. It was constructed between 1846 & 1871 by several different rail companies.
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Friday, 20 January, 1978   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 23 March, 2013
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Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 302 831 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.9234N 0:7.3986W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 302 831
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