Welcome to the homepage of the BDP. From now on the latest updates, news, etc will appear here and then will migrate to the relevant part of the site to be replaced by the next new item.
Returning visitors will know all about us and our aims, new visitors may like to browse the site starting with the 'About us' link to the left.
A couple of pages on the (original) locos have been added, see the link 'Baby Deltics' to the left. Your comments are welcome.
A limited number of worksplates replicas cast in aluminium are available for sale. They are the same design as the ones to be carried by our recreated loco. These will be highly polished and painted, when finished they will be indistinguishable from those mounted on the loco. They are available at £85 each and can be ordered here - see the sales page for details.
The connections between the shortened nose at no. 1 end and the main solebar have now been completed. This end was more difficult than the other because of an error made when removing the original nose, the cut was made too far towards the front of the loco meaning that the taper section of the dragbox was breached. Whilst this was a nuisance it has been repaired satisfactorily and with the completion of the solebars means that next time we need to move the loco we can do it with a shunt engine and not by hand-pushing it - a relief to all involved!
Work in the last period has focussed on the new roof structure. There was little point in trying to modify and reuse the Class 37 roof - they are full of hatches and exhaust ports, none of which are present on Baby Deltics. Using a section of the old roof as a sample, a series of new curved sections were rolled to shape from taper flange channel and now form the intermediate transverse skeleton seen in the photo below, the end sections being rolled from angle. The longitudinal sections are of angle cut to fit in between the 'hoops'.
To complete the structure and add critical strength along the length the fillets seen in the other photo were laser cut and welded into the channel in-situ.
It is nearly all fully-welded now - only the section above the control cubicle is still to do - and once complete the new skin will be welded on to complete the roof.
Of note is that almost everything visible in the photo below is new; body superstructure, solebar to cant rail; bodyskin; roof; cab bulkhead.