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.
Having completed the structural modifications to the no. 1 nose, we are now continuing with the cab repairs at that end. A brace is welded in to prevent the nose bulkhead distorting when its lower section is removed and with the corner upright replaced with new steel the whole cab side can be removed and replaced.
This area is subject to considerable corrosion, not only because of its age but because the drains below the droplight windows have been blocked since about 1968. With no means of escape the rainwater sits at the lowest point and, helped by the electrolytic corrosion between aluminium conduit and steel structure, eventually finds its own way out.....
And so it continues; the relentless process of removing old rusty steel and replacing it with new. This weeks photos show the no. 1 end cabs in a sequence continued from last week's update, the remainder of the Secondman's side cab framework part-way through and complete and then some nice welding suitably inspected for cracks. Look for tiny red hairlines in the weld, these indicate surface cracks - don't spend too long looking, there aren't any.
Work on the cabsides has been completed now with (since these photos) the undercoat paint applied on both sides. The bodyskin will not be welded on for some time because of the amount of pipework, etc., required to go back in and the work on the cab floor (conduit runs, pipework, parking brake gear, etc.,) all of which will be impeded if the cab sides are skinned.
The framework for the nose-end doors has been welded in at no. 1 end and over the next couple of weeks the new framework for the nose-end sheeting will be added and the nose top (seen in previous news updates) will be added too.