_________________ D9009/9009/55009 _________________


2699 - Photo: Pete Robins.

55009 (D9009) "ALYCIDON"  makes a fine sight as it passes Scremerston with the 1M04 07:18 Edinburgh - Carlisle service on the 16th June 1981.



2637 - Photo: Paul Bettany.

English Electric No. 2914.

Vulcan Foundry No. D566.

Date To Service: 21st July 1961.

Original Allocation: Finsbury Park, London (FP).

Named: 21st July 1961 at Doncaster Works without ceremony (in honour of racehorse owned by 17th Earl of Derby, won The Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup, Corporation Stakes and Doncaster Cup. "ALYCIDON" was sire to "MELD").

Date Withdrawn: 2nd January 1982 - Preserved by the Deltic Preservation Society.

Allocation History

34G 21.07.61. 64B o/l 11/67. 64B 12/67. 34G 6/68 (act 5/68). FP 5/73. YK 5/81. Withdrawn 02.01.82. To ZF 05.01.82. Sold to Deltic Preservation Society (DPS) 20.8.82 for 16,550.09p (exc. VAT) and moved to NYMR, Debut on 22.08.82.
Year Highlights
1961

21.07.61
Ran light from Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, to Doncaster Works - accepted into BR service and allocated 34G, Finsbury Park TMD. "ALYCIDON" nameplates fitted without ceremony.



1829

"ALYCIDON"
Bloodline & Family Tree:

Foaled in 1945 Alycidon was owned by 17th Earl of Derby and was the last of many great racehorses to carry his colours. Alycidon won the Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup, Corporation Stakes and Doncaster Cup in 1949. The total prize money earned for eleven wins during his career was 37,201. There used to be an "Alycidon Stakes" run at Goodwood during July, no doubt in honour of the 1949 Goodwood Cup win. During 1955 Alycidon was the leading sire and his finest fillie was non other than Meld. Also included in Alycidon's descendant's are Charlottown (1966 Derby), Lupe (1970 Oaks) and the great Troy, winner of the 1979 Derby and King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

ALYCIDON
1945
DONATELLO
1934
BLENHIEM
1927
1930 DERBY

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2598/60087

BLANDFORD
1919
SWYNFORD
1907
JOHN O'GAUNT
1901
CANTERBURY PILGRIM
1893
BLANCHE
1912
WHITE EAGLE
1905
BLACK CHERRY
1892
MALVA
1919
CHARLES O'MALLEY
1907
DESMOND
1896
GOODY-TWO-SHOES
1899
WILD ARUM
1911
ROBERT LE DIABLE
1899
MARLIACEA
1902
DELLEANA
1925
CLARISSIMUS
1913
RADIUM
1903
BEND OR
1877
TAIA
1892
QUINTESSENCE
1900
ST. FRUSQUIN
1893
1896 2000 GUINEAS

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2574/60075

MARGARINE
1887
D.DI. BUONINSEGNA
1920
BRIDGE OF EARN
1906
CYLLENE
1895
SANTA BRIGIDA
1898
DUTCH MARY
1915
WILLIAM THE THIRD
1898
PRETTY POLLY
1901
1904 ST. LEGER, OAKS & 1000 GUINEAS

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2560/60061

AURORA
1936
HYPERION
1930
1933 DERBY & ST. LEGER

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2502/60037

GAINSBOROUGH
1915
1918 DERBY, ST. LEGER & 2000 GUINEAS

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2597/60086

BAYARDO
1906
1909 ST. LEGER

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2578/60079

BAY RONALD
1893
GALICIA
1898
ROSEDROP
1907
ST. FRUSQUIN
1893
1896 2000 GUINEAS

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2574/60075

ROSALINE
1901
SELENE
1919
CHAUCER
1900
ST. SIMON
1881
1884 ASCOT GOLD CUP

Carried by:
Gresley A3 4481/60112

CANTERBURY PILGRIM
1893
SERENISSIMA
1913
MINORU
1906
1909 DERBY & 2000 GUINEAS

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2561/60062

GONDOLETTE
1902
ROSE RED
1924
SWYNFORD
1907
JOHN O'GAUNT
1901
ISINGLASS
1890
1893 DERBY, ST. LEGER & 2000 GUINEAS

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2562/60063

LA FLECHE
1889
CANTERBURY PILGRIM
1893
TRISTAN
1878
PILGRIMAGE
1875
MARCHETTA
1907
MARCO
1892
BARCALDINE
1878
NOVITIATE
1882
HETTIE SORREL
1891
PETER
1876
V'S LOOKING GLASS
1885


26.10.61
1B21 15:20 Sheffield - King's Cross, "The Sheffield Pullman" to Grantham (loss of power) - A3 Pacific 60102 "SIR FREDERICK BANBURY" forward.

1962

26.04.62
1E29 12:20 Hull - King's Cross, from Doncaster (failed at Doncaster) - A1 Pacific 60128 "BONGRACE" forward.
18.06.62
New timetable begins including full Deltic diagrams - many locomotives are specially prepared for the celebrations and D9009 is stand-by at King's Cross for either 1A12 09:30 King's Cross Edinburgh, "The Elizabethan" (powered by D9012 "CREPELLO") or 1A16 10:00 King's Cross - Edinburgh, "The Flying Scotsman" (powered by D9020 "NIMBUS").

1963
 
1964
 
1965

17.10.65
Released from Doncaster Works after fitting of cast bogies (bogies No.1 1041 replaced by 9000-31 & No.2 1042 replaced by 9000-32).

1966

21.03.66
1st EE maintenance contract expires - mileage recorded at 763,116.

1967

15.03.67
Released from Doncaster Works, after General repair, with full yellow ends applied.
14.10.67
Locomotive achieved 1,000,000 miles.
03.12.67
Transferred to 64B Haymarket (ex 34G Finsbury Park) - until completion of dual braking to the fleet. It is doubtful, however, that D9009 was ever serviced as a Haymarket locomotive as it was seriously damaged by fire only five days later and remained at Doncaster Works until June 1968, by which time the transfers had been reversed - see 08.12.67.
08.12.67
D9009 was allocated to Haymarket TMD on the 3rd December 1967 for a loan period whilst the fleet were equipped with air brakes - those already fitted were allocated to duties out of Finsbury Park diagrammed with air-braked stock. However, D9009 only worked five duties whilst allocated to Haymarket as on the 8th December 1967, whilst working the 1A46 17:00 King's Cross - Newcastle "Tees Tyne Pullman", the locomotive caught fire at St. Neots and had to be shopped at Doncaster for extensive repairs to fire damage. It was in fact the worst fire in Deltic history with one end cubicle destroyed and damage to instrumentation in the cab. Whilst at Doncaster it was decided to give No.9 its classified overhaul and it did not re-appear until 14th June 1968, then equipped with air brakes and painted in blue livery.

1968

14.06.68
Released from Doncaster Works, after General repair, in blue livery and equipped with dual braking (on 11.12.67 for fire damage).
16.06.68
Officially transferred to 34G Finsbury Park (ex 64B Haymarket) after completion of dual braking to the fleet (transfer moves actually occurred early May 1968 to coincide with the new timetable).

1969

12.07.69-22.02.70
Carrying 'D' prefix on 12.07.69 but dropped by 22.02.70 (most likely date for this would be after Intermediate repair dated 24.10.69-07.11.69).

1970

17.10.70
Released from Doncaster Works, after Intermediate repair, with ETH equipment fitted.

1971
 
1972

29.10.72
It is reported that on Sunday 29th October 1972, whilst stopped at its home depot of Finsbury Park, 9009 was chosen as the recipient of experiment DL/381. This was the removal of its No.1 end digital route indicators and the replacement with a black film to the outside of the glass panes with two 6" circles cut out to coincide with first and last digit lamps - the cut outs accommodating translucent white discs. This later became known as the 'domino' headcode and was fitted to all locomotives by 1974. Sightings of the locomotive would suggest this was actually carried out at a later date during November 1972 and that a date close to 24/11 would be more accurate. After release from Doncaster Works on 16th November it is likely 9009 returned to Finsbury Park for attention and that the experiment was first applied then - first sighting so far after 16th November is 1N27 18:00 King's Cross - Newcastle on 24th November.

1973

05.02.73
Shopped at Doncaster Works for Unclassified repair - work included the continuation of experiment DD/381 saw the No.2 end digital route indicators removed in favour of a black adhesive film with two 6" translucent circles fitted to the inside of the glass route indicator panels. No1 end had been similarly treated (officially) at Finsbury Park on 29.10.72.

The No.2 end was similarly treated at Doncaster Works after entry there on the 5th February 1973 - though in this instance the film was applied to the inside of the glass panel and in reports from Finsbury Park depot to the CM&EE at York dated 10.05.73 and 06.07.73 it is stated that the only problem with the films applied to the outside of the glass panels was a small area of loss of adhesion. On 23.10.73 the No.1 end was altered to the style applied by Doncaster Works, insomuch that both ends now carried the films applied to the inside of the glass panels.

Later reports made by Finsbury Park on 23.10.73 (100,00 miles since start of experiment), 11.12.73 (115,000 miles) and 08.02.74 (140,000 miles and twelve months since film applied to inside of glass panel) stated that there was no loss of adhesion of the films applied to the inside of the glass surfaces and the experiment was deemed a success and adopted to all members of the class.
09.06.73
1E21 10:25 Penzance - Bradford, "The Cornishman" from Leeds.
05.10.73
1B66 15:30 King's Cross - Cambridge.

1974

26.01.74
Locomotive officially renumbered 55009 (carried by 24/01).
08.03.74
1M49 21:50 York - Aberystwyth, to Stockport (first appearance of a Deltic on this service) and 1E42 22:50 Shrewsbury - York, from Stockport.

1975

11.03.75
To Doncaster Works for Intermediate repair (due 07/03). The locomotive was shopped for no specific defect and the original release date was anticipated as being 18.04.75, however, due to a severe shortage of spares to make up power units the date was subsequently amended in excess of ten times. On entrance to works 55009 gave up both units in favour of 55018 which, also on Intermediate repair, was waiting power units (having arrived works on 11.11.74). 55018 was released 21.03.75 which suggests neither power unit received attention prior to re-fitting. 55009 was finally released 05.02.76.

1976

27.03.76
From the 27th March 1976 the individual mileage records for the Deltic fleet were abandoned by BR. Up until this date 54,705,000 miles had been achieved by the 22 units. 55010 "THE KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERER" held the record for individual miles with 2,535,411 - second was 55006 "THE FIFE & FORFAR YEOMANRY" with 2,534,563. 55010 was the first Deltic to record 2,000,000 miles during January 1973, whilst 55009 "ALYCIDON" was the last in October 1974.
15.09.76
1D00 08:30 King's Cross - Cleethorpes and 1A25 12:56 Cleethorpes - King's Cross.

1977

20.07.77
On the 20th July the 1E17 10:35 Aberdeen - Kings Cross "The Aberdonian" was delayed by a loco failure on the Tay Bridge and was reported as running 70 mins late (14:08) at Kirkaldy behind 40162 (HA). The coaches off the down 1S12 "The Silver Jubilee" were used to form the 14:00 dep from Edinburgh enabling "The Aberdonian" to go forward at 15:05 (five minutes later than the up 1E20 "The Silver Jubilee") as a combined service calling at Dunbar, Berwick, Newcastle, Darlington, York, Peterborough and Stevenage. Despite these extra calls and a signal stop at Drem 55009 was able to bring the train into King's Cross at 21:09 - only thirty-two minutes late. 55009 carried "The Silver Jubilee" headboard but the coaches carried "The Aberdonian" paper labels.
17.10.77
During the week commencing 17th October 1977 unofficial industrial action led to the removal of Deltics from all ECML workings. Action was taken by maintenance staff angry at the proposed closure of Finsbury Park Depot with the introduction of the new HST fleet, which was to be maintained at the new Bounds Green Depot. Maintenance staff 'blacked' the Deltic fleet thus all engines remained 'laid-up' at various installations until the dispute was settled on October 21st. A list of how the dispute affected the class is as follows:

 
Locomotive: Notes:
55001 Haymarket TMD 13/10 - 23/10. Worked 1E35 20:20 Edin - KX 23/10.
55002 Finsbury Park TMD 14/10 - 23/10. Worked 1N29 19:00 KX - N'lce 23/10.
55003 Haymarket TMD 14/10 - 23/10. Worked 1E25 12:15 Aber - KX from Edin 23/10.
55004 Finsbury Park TMD 13/10 - 23/10. Worked 1S21 11:00 KX - Edin 24/10.
55005 Doncaster Works 'Intermediate' 31/03 - 21/10. Worked 1E48 21:15 Aber - KX from Doncaster 26/10.
55006 Finsbury Park TMD 11/10 - 24/10. Worked 1L22 15:55 KX - Leeds 24/10.
55007 York TMD 10/10 - 25/10. Worked 1A06 08:05 YK - KX 25/10.
55008 Gateshead TMD 13/10 - 24/10. Worked 1A40 20:30 N'cle - KX 24/10.
55009 York TMD 17/10 - 23/10. Worked 0D01 12:00 YK - Doncaster 23/10.
55010 Haymarket TMD 13/10 - 24/10. Worked 1E20 15:00 Edin - KX 24/10.
55011 Gateshead TMD 14/10 - 24/10. Worked 1A07 07:25 N'cle - KX 24/10.
55012 York TMD 14/10 - 24/10. Worked 1A06 08:05 YK - KX 24/10.
55013 Haymarket TMD 15/10 - 23/10. Worked 1E39 22:30 Edin - KX 23/10.
55014 Gateshead TMD 14/10 - 25/10. Worked 1A15 09:20 N'cle - KX 25/10.
55015 Finsbury Park TMD 08/10 - 25/10. Worked 1N00 01:00 KX - N'cle 26/10.
55016 Haymarket TMD 15/10 - 19/10. Sent to Doncaster Works 19/10 for 'Light repair' behind 40063.
55017 Doncaster Works 'Intermediate' 03/10 - 19.01.78.
55018 Doncaster Works 'Intermediate' 30/06 - 10/12.
55019 Finsbury Park TMD 14/10 - 23/10. Worked 1D00 08:25 KX - Cleethorpes 24/10.
55020 Holbeck TMD 10/10 - 23/10. Worked 1A47 00:43 Leeds - KX 24/10.
55021 Gateshead TMD 14-10 - 24-10. Worked 1S28 07:00 N'cle - Edin 24/10.
55022 Finsbury Park TMD 14/10 - 23/10. Worked 1S43 18:00 KX - Edin 23/10.

Finsbury Park - 6; Gateshead - 4; Haymarket - 5; Doncaster Works - 3; York - 3; Holbeck - 1; Locomotives moving in this period - 1 (55016, Haymarket to works).

1978

13.01.78
1P32 11:30 King's Cross - Cambridge (last of class to work a Cambridge Buffet Express) and 1Bxx 13:30 Cambridge - King's Cross.
24.09.78
1xxx 09:00 Edinburgh - Inverness, to Perth.
03.11.78
Three Deltics received plated over destination blinds at Finsbury Park, rather than during intermediate overhaul at Doncaster Works. The first, 55009 "ALYCIDON", underwent this treatment on the 3rd November 1978 one month prior to entering Doncaster for classified repair. The practice of plating over the panels was adopted with 55016 in 1975 during the locomotives Heavy General Repair (HGR) and carried out as and when the locomotives were shopped thereafter. As a cost cutting exercise the treatment was abandoned in 1978 and locomotives were to be so treated only if the glass panels became broken. At this time six locomotives were still equipped with glass panels and destination blinds, although the later had been disused in favour of black blinds with white spots since 1975, those being 55007/8/9/15/20 & 22. Three of these locomotives; 55008 "THE GREEN HOWARDS", 55020 "NIMBUS" and 55022"ROYAL SCOTS GREY" retained the blinds until withdrawal whilst the remaining three; 55007 "PINZA", 55009 "ALYCIDON" and 55015 "TULYAR" all received plated marker panels at their home depot, Finsbury Park, in 1978 and 1979.

The dates (in order) are as follows;

Locomotive:

Date Work Carried Out:

Notes:

55009

03.11.78.

Prior to Intermediate overhaul in December '78.

55007

26.04.79.

Released from Intermediate 11/78.

55015

28.06.79.

Whilst undergoing 'B' exam at FP, released from Intermediate 05/79. first train was 1L44 16:05 King's Cross - York on 29.06.79.

01.12.78
To Doncaster Works for final Intermediate repair (off 24.03.79).

1979

26.03.79
2C20 17:10 Edinburgh - Cardenden.
21.08.79
White window surrounds applied at Finsbury Park.

The full list for white window application (in order) is as follows:

Locomotive:

Date White Windows Applied:

First Train & Notes:

55003

06.04.79

'The Northumbrian' railtour on 07.04.79.

55015

12.07.79

Whilst on FP from 10.07.79, prior to going to Stratford for open day on the 14th July.
Worked 1D04 17:05 King's Cross - Hull on 15.07.79.

55007

03.08.79

Whilst stopped on FP from 25th or 26.07.79.
Worked 1L42 12:20 King's Cross - York on 03.08.79.

55018

14.08.79

Worked 1L44 16:05 King's Cross - York on 15.08.79.

55009

21.08.79

Whilst on FP for 'C' exam 16/8 - 21/8.
First train believed to be 1L42 12:20 King's Cross - York on 21.08.79.

55012

15.10.79

Whilst on FP 11.10.79 - 15.10.79.
First train unknown but worked 1M58 08:15 Newcastle - Liverpool on 16.10.79.

14.10.79
1Zxx 09:25 York - Carnforth, "The Deltic Detour" DPS railtour (via Selby, Leeds & Settle Jct) and 1Zxx 17:05 Carnforth - York return (route as out).
28.12.79-09.01.80
Tinsley TMD - load regulator repairs.

1980

01.02.80
1A23 08:50 Edinburgh - Aberdeen and 1G65 12:40 Aberdeen - Edinburgh.
04.05.80
1G07 08:45 Hull - King's Cross and 1G08 14:30 King's Cross - Hull (Rugby League specials).
13.11.80
1M77 15:30 Newcastle - Liverpool and 1E89 20:40 Liverpool - York.
23.11.80
1Zxx 17:30 Doncaster - Finsbury Park, "The The Yorkshire Terrier" (Worcester Locomotive Society special).

1981

03.05.81
1G48 15:25 King's Cross - Bradford (rugby league cup final special).
25.05.81
1Z15 Finsbury Park - Nene Valley, "The Deltic Fenman II" railtour (via Cambridge & March) and 1Z15 Nene Valley - King's Cross return (via ECML).
31.05.81
1L43 16:05 King's Cross - York (carried headboard "Farewell Finsbury Park").
01.06.81
Locomotive transferred to York TMD (ex Finsbury Park).
02.10.81
2G92 11:05 North Berwick - Edinburgh (assisting failed DMU).
17.10.81
1F52 06:45 Newcastle - Inverness, "Merrymaker" to Perth and 1F52 Inverness - Newcastle, "Merrymaker" from Aberdeen (17:25).
14.11.81
1Z37 09:20 King's Cross - Carlisle, "The Deltic Cumbrian" railtour (via S&C) and 1Z37 Carlisle - King's Cross return (via Newcastle).
18.11.81
1F50 07:00 Edinburgh - King's Cross (Association of University Teachers charter).
12.12.81



0527 - Image: Mike Cooper.

1Z55 09:42 Edinburgh - Aberdeen, "The Grampian Deltic" railtour and 1Z55 15:43 Aberdeen - Edinburgh return.
14.12.81
1E13 10:25 Aberdeen - King's Cross, from Edinburgh to York (vice HST).
15.12.81
1M04 07:18 Edinburgh - Carlisle (last Deltic visit to Carlisle) and 1S15 15:53 Carlisle - Edinburgh.
19.12.81
1G10 08:20 King's Cross - Norwich, "The Deltic Broadsman" railtour (via Grantham and Sleaford) and 1G10 13:00 Norwich - Liverpool Street return (via Ipswich).
27.12.81
1M69 09:45 Edinburgh - Liverpool, from York (carried headboard "Trans-Pennine, Deltic Lament") and 1E22 19:10 Liverpool - York.
29.12.81
1G06 King's Cross - Hull, "The Deltic Executive" (via Harrogate & York - final Deltic at Hull) and 1G06 Hull - King's Cross return (via Doncaster).

1982
02.01.82
0G50 08:05Peterborough - Newcastle, back up locomotive for farewell railtour and 0G50 Newcastle - Peterborough.
Locomotive withdrawn.
05.01.82
To Doncaster Works for disposal.
May 1982
During May 55009 was purchased by the Deltic Preservation Society for the sum of 16,550.09p.
20.08.82
Ceremony at Doncaster Works as 55009 and 55019 are handed over to the DPS. Loco moves as 9X30 14:00 Doncaster - Thornaby (behind 37100).
21.08.82
9X30 Thornaby - Grosmont (behind 37005 - arrive Grosmont 07:30). First moves in preservation at NYMR were as folows:14:55 Grosmont - Pickering and 16:20 Pickering - Grosmont.
16.12.82
On December 16th 1982 the auctioneers Christies held an unusual sale at their showroom at Old Brompton Road, London. Included in the sale were five Deltic nameplates and one Deltic locomotive! 55015 went under the hammer as well as plates from 55009 "ALYCIDON", 55012 "CREPELLO", 55013 "THE BLACK WATCH", 55015 "TULYAR" and 55019 "ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER". Below is a table of events at the sale:
Nameplate/Locomotive Anticipated catalogue sale price.
(Not reserve price)
Bidding started at. Final Offer. Remarks.
"ALYCIDON" nameplate 1000-1200 500 1000 Sold.
"CREPELLO" nameplate 1000-1200 400 900 Sold.
"THE BLACK WATCH" nameplate 1300-1500 500 950 Sold.
"TULYAR" nameplate 1000-1200 400 900 Sold.
"ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER" nameplate 1300-1500 500 1100 Sold.
55015 "TULYAR" locomotive 10,000-15,000 4000 5,500 Reserve price was not reached

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