Leighton "Deltics" 1997-2017
The prototype "Deltic" was a common sight locally on express passenger turns from 1955-58 then all went very quiet on the "Deltic" front locally for almost 20 years. 55022 then worked 3 WCML tours in 1997.
These tours were:
Euston - Manchester "West Coast Deltic Pioneer" on 080397
Euston - Bristol "Cross Country Deltic" via BNS outward on 130497
Euston - Scarborough Past Time Tour 050797
Then in the Summers of 1998/99 55022 had a booked Sats Only service train working through Leighton..
1O99 0658 Birmingham NS- Ramsgate which called at Int'l, Cov, via WCML to Kensington O, Bromley S, Chatham, Faversham, Margate and Ramsgate.
(The return working was via Oxford.)
55022 was reported up Light on a route learner on 301101
Purple liveried 55016 visited Leighton, albeit failed, behind 66156 on 1Z53 Colchester - Holyhead Railtour on 140603.
55019 made possibly her first ever visit to the local area working a 1Z56 Preston - Salisbury and return railtour on 020705.
55009 then was the main line haulage for 0Z39 Bury-Alton Mid Hants convoy of 37901,
33109,20087 and 47402 which worked via the WCML.
55022 now in blue made a welcome return on Preston - Euston and return positioning tours on 04 and 060311.
Occasional light engine moves followed but the recent highlight was 55002's first local visit hauling classmates 55019 and 55009 from East Grinstead to NRM York via Burton and Barrow Hill on October 9th 2017 . This was after the Bluebell Railways Deltic event the weekend before.
Like em or loathe em, you cannot mistake that hairs rising on the back of your neck moment on hearing Napier music on the breeze as a mighty Deltic approaches.
Long may it continue!!