_________________ D9016/9016/55016 _________________


3023 - Photo:  Russell Watkins.

55016 (D9016) "GORDON HIGHLANDER" stands in front of the weigh house at Doncaster Works on the 11th April 1976. The locomotive was the first of five Deltics to be given Heavy General Repairs in an attempt to prolong the classes careers, however, the cost of such overhauls was deemed to high and instead the projected life-span of the class was shortened and withdrawals began in late 1979.



2644 - Photo: Paul Bettany.

English Electric No. 2921.

Vulcan Foundry No. D573.

Date To Service: 27th October 1961.

Original Allocation: Haymarket, Edinburgh (64B/HA).

Named: 28th July 1964 at Aberdeen with ceremony (name previously carried by LMS 'Royal Scot' No. 46106 and LNER 'D20' (GNR class F) No. 62277).

Date Withdrawn: 30th December 1981 - Preserved by the D9000 Fund, later Deltic 9000 Locomotives Ltd, currently owned by Martin Walker.

Allocation History

64B 27.10.61. 34G o/l 11/67. 34G 12/67. 64B 6/68 (act 5/68). HA 5/73. ZF (S) 1/79-26.09.79. YK 5/79. Withdrawn 30.12.81. Stored YK 1/82. To ZF 05.01.82. Bought by D9000 Fund Ltd. (£7,500 scrap value). To NVR 23.07.84. Restored to working order - running for the first time 8/85.
Year Highlights
1961

27.10.61
Ran light from Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, to Doncaster Works - accepted into BR service and allocated 64B, Haymarket TMD.

1962

14.10.62
1A32 14:00 King's Cross - Edinburgh, to Newcastle (boiler failure) - A2 Pacific 60535 "HORNET'S BEAUTY" forward, this failed at Drem and was replaced by D5340 and BR Standard 80006.

1963
 
1964

28.07.64
Named "GORDON HIGHLANDER" with ceremony at Aberdeen.



1907 - Photo: Gordon Lacy

1965

14.07.65
Released from Doncaster Works after fitting of cast bogies (bogies No.1 1005 replaced by 9000-3 & No.2 1006 replaced by 9000-4).

1966

21.03.66
1st EE maintenance contract expires - mileage recorded at 777,192.
27.11.66
Locomotive undergoing audible testing of standard fitted warning air horns (fitted below buffer beam) between Arelsley and Great Ponton with D9007 (syphonic nose cone fitted) and D9018 (bonnet fitted
horns - later fitted as standard).

1967

07.10.67
Released from Doncaster Works, after General repair, in blue livery and equipped with dual braking (the first to be so treated). Following release 9016 was virtually on air braking test runs from October 1967 until early 1968 - mainly on Heaton-York-Edinburgh-Heaton trips.
03.12.67
Transferred to 34G Finsbury Park (ex 64B Haymarket) - to cover air braked diagrams until completion of dual braking to the fleet.

1968

16.06.68
Officially transferred to 64B Haymarket (ex 34G Finsbury Park) - after completion of dual braking to the fleet (transfer moves actually occurred early May 1968 to coincide with the new timetable).
26.09.68
To Doncaster Works for General repair (off 08/11). During this overhaul equipment not normally removed was dismantled to ascertain condition on CM&EE's instructions - this was to establish future overhaul requirements for the class.

1969
 
1970

 

1971

12.10.71
Released from Doncaster Works, after Light repair, with ETH equipment fitted - the 'D' prefix was dropped from the number at this time.

1972
 
1973

16.02.73
0A34 Doncaster - Lincoln and 1A34 17:35 Cleethorpes - King's Cross, from Lincoln (class 47 failure - 121 late at Grantham).

1974

16.03.74
Locomotive renumbered 55016 w/e 16/03.

1975

05.07.75
To Doncaster Works for Heavy General Repair (off 27.04.76).  This included the plating over of route indicators, sand-box fillers and cab quarter light windows (the first to be so treated).
55016 was the first of the class to be shopped for HGR, however, only four other members would follow as the cost for renewal of inner and outer body-skins and rewiring outweighed the projected future use of the class (in full order: 55016 05.07.75 - 55019 27.02.76
- 55002 16.03.76 - 55021 22.04.76 and 55013 25.05.76). Only 55016 received a 'full' HGR whilst the other four locomotives had work curtailed from the repair in varying degrees. With the scrapping of HGR's the class reverted to Intermediate and Light repairs, although, as another cost-cutting exercise, 55015 was allowed to run without classified repair from October 1975 until February 1979 to ascertain how long the locomotives could run without such work being carried out. The result was that classified repairs were given at two-yearly intervals only from 1979. 55016 only received one further classified repair, a Light, in October 1977.

1976
 
1977

01.02.77
1D02 12:15 King’s Cross - Cleethorpes, from Newark (class 47 failure. Depart 43 down) and 1A34 17:43 Cleethorpes - King’s Cross.
02.02.77
0M00 Gateshead - Derby (towing 46032 for works attention) and 0E00 Derby - Doncaster.
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

14.04.78
0V92 05:40 Haymarket - Perth and 5V92 07:48 Perth - Edinburgh (via Ladybank and Bridge of Earn - first of class via this route).
06.05.78
1G19 Newcastle - Spalding and 1G19 Spalding - Newcastle.
16.06.78
3J20 17:26 Brian Mills Depot - Sheffield, (to York) (parcels).

1979

10.01.79
To Doncaster Works for rectification, however, due to shortages of power units and their spares the locomotive was stored unserviceable for much of the year.
13.05.79
Locomotive transferred to York (ex Haymarket).
26.07.79
A report on the condition of 55016 taken at Doncaster Works 16:30 26.07.79 is as follows:

Locomotive awaiting attention at Doncaster Works since 10th January.

Exterior;
The outside is very dirty and covered with oil and 'other things'. The buffer beam equipment is intact.

No.1 Cab;
Assistants sliding window broken and out of runner - forced back into place to 'fill the hole'. The condition of the cab is tidy. The cover to the fuse box has been removed but still present - though one 15 amp fuse is missing. The drivers seat is loose but in place, meanwhile the hot plate pedal is operable but very rusty. Finally the AWS horn relay is missing.

No.1 Nose End & Cubicle;
All seems well in the nose end whilst all equipment is still in the cubicle. One cover is missing from the rear of the cubicle in the engine room.

No.2 Cab;
The drivers side sliding window is cracked and impossible to open and the catch is loose. Once again the AWS horn relay is missing. The drivers side small window wiper has come off and is in the cab.

No.2 Nose End & Cubicle;
As No.1 end.

Engine Room;
The engine room is very dirty and oily. The engine wells are empty with some pipes missing - the boiler is still in place.
26.09.79
Locomotive released from Doncaster Works. Repairs were later sanctioned for 55001, 55004 and 55020 also (all out of service at Doncaster for some considerable time), however, only 55004 would re-enter service as the cost to return it to work was far too great and 55001 and 55020 were condemned and cut-up instead.
07.10.79
Barrow Hill TMD - open day exhibit.
27.10.79
1Zxx Liverpool - Polmadie, "The Deltic Discoverer" LCGB railtour from Leeds (ex 25071 & 25125 - via S&C and Kilmarnock) and 1Zxx Polmadie - Liverpool return to Leeds (via Beattock - 25071 & 25125 forward). After travelling over the GSW route, taking the singled GB&K route north of Kilmarnock, the tour used the Larkfield spur beyond Pollokshields to reach Polmadie where the loco was re-crewed for the run south. A dead stand at Beattock was followed by some vigorous running southwards, around the 90mph mark most of the way to Carlisle, arriving nine minutes early. After re-crewing at Carlisle (with Leeds men) Ais gill was reached in 52 minutes and Skipton in 88.75 minutes for the 86.75 miles, Leeds was reached 27 minutes early where the class 25's were waiting to take over.
16.11.79
1M67 09:28 Newcastle - Liverpool and 1E88 16:05 Liverpool - Newcastle.

1980

06.02.80
1A23 08:50 Edinburgh - Aberdeen and 1G65 12:40 Aberdeen - Edinburgh.
09.10.80
1M41 21:50 York - Shrewsbury, to Stockport and 1E24 22:50 Shrewsbury - York, from Stockport.

1981

30.05.81
1D02 12:05 King's Cross - Hull and 1A28 16:30 Hull - King's Cross (final loco hauled 1D02 & 1A28 return).
25.07.81
1S97 12:00 Scarborough - Glasgow Queen St, from York.
28.11.81
1Z40 08:34 Finsbury Park - Exeter, "The Deltic Devonian" railtour (deputizing for failed 55002) and 1Z40 Exeter - Liverpool St. return (via Salisbury & Clapham).
21.12.81
1A08 08:07 York - King's Cross, to Peterborough (exhaust fire - fire brigade in attendance).
23.12.81
1D08 19:40 King's Cross - Hull (final train - though did work ECS back from Hull to York).
30.12.81
Locomotive withdrawn.

1982
05.01.82
To Doncaster Works for disposal. Remained at Doncaster Works until secured for preservation 10/83 and departed for Nene Valley Railway 30.07.84 as 9X32 10:20 Doncaster - Water Orton (towed by 31266).

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