The Deltic Preservation Society’s 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier will be starring in the Poppy Line’s Diesel Gala on 25 – 27 May 2012. The loco will be coming in over the Sheringham level crossing.
As D9019, the Deltic entered service on 29 December 1961, based at Haymarket depot in Edinburgh. She received her Royal Highland Fusilier nameplates at a ceremony in Glasgow in September 1965. Renumbered 55019 in November 1973, the loco was one of only five members of the class to undergo an extensive general overhaul, this being carried out during an eight month visit to Doncaster Works.
55019 was withdrawn on 31 December 1981, after hauling the 16.30 Aberdeen-York between Edinburgh and York – this was the final BR Deltic-hauled service train. It was therefore appropriate that the loco should become the first to operate a train in preservation, an event which took place at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway eight months later, on 22 August 1982.
It will be the first time that a Deltic has run on the North Norfolk. Current plans are for the loco to stay on the Poppy Line for a few weeks after the Diesel Gala, with at least three more running days.
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