As high performance locomotives the
Deltics were used on the most notable of Eastern Region services. Many
of these services carrying names and prestigious headboards, one such
name probably inspiring more schoolboys towards railways as a hobby, and
later careers, than any other: "The Flying Scotsman".
The 10 o'clock "Flying Scotsman"
departures from London King's Cross and Edinburgh Waverley, in opposing
directions, were the stalwart of daytime Anglo-Scottish services and
always powered by the most prestigious locomotives of each railway era.
Their departures and arrivals met by Station managers and their timing
schedules religiously adhered to wherever and when ever possible.
Other daytime trains also
ranked highly: the non-stop "Elizabethan", sadly short lived in
the Deltic era due to the omission of corridor connections on the
locomotives - relief crews having to ride the rear, uncomfortable and
noisy cabs; "The Heart of Midlothian"; "The Queen of Scots
Pullman"; "The Aberdonian" - at first an overnight service,
later becoming both daytime and night-time services; "The Talisman".
All evoking passion and pride in the operation and running of the
Shorter hauled services included:
"The Tees-Tyne Pullman"; "The White Rose Pullman"; "The
West Riding"; and "The Yorkshire Pullman". In later years the
Pullman services would give way to the "Executive" trains but the
significance would remain and the Deltics would continue to maintain the
importance of regular high speed timings and schedules.
1960's Titled Trains Brochure
"The Car Sleeper Ltd"
"The Bradford Executive"
"The Flying Scotsman"
"The Harrogate Sunday Pullman"
"The Heart of Midlothian"
"The Hull Executive"
"The Hull Pullman"
"The Leeds Executive"
"The Newcastle Executive"
"The Night Aberdonian"
"The Night Capitals"
"The Night Scotsman"
"The Queen of Scots Pullman"
"The Silver Jubilee"
"The Tees-Tyne Pullman"
"The West Riding"
"The White Rose Pullman"
"The Yorkshire Pullman"