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.
With work on the body virtually complete attention has turned to the nose ends. No. 2 end is the first to be dealt with - because it is easier as a result of damage caused when the loco was in a breakers yard. Seen in the two photos below is the work undertaken this week - removal of the entire nose superstructure.
Carrying out the work is Alex Coxon who is part of a work-experience scheme offered by the Baby Deltic Project. The scheme is an initiative established to offer practical opportunities to young persons who are at specialist engineering schools studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects and encourage youngsters to take an interest in railway heritage. Working under the supervision of a dedicated mentor, Alex has been cutting out corrosion, preparing sections for new steelwork, cleaning pipework, and undertaking general fabrication. It is hoped that Alex will continue to help with the BDP after his work experience comes to an end.
Work over the past couple of weeks has been on the cab floor. Wholly unseen when the loco is finished but critical at this stage; all of the pipework, conduit runs and air trunking (traction motor ventilation) has been removed. This serves two purposes; it allows the easy repair of the floor sections which are in fairly poor shape, especially where the trunking and floor have been in contact, and it provides a clear space for the installation of the new arrangement of cables, pipework and handbrake linkages - all of which are completely different in the recreated loco.
The photos below show the cab floor after the removal of the items no longer required and a nice view of the bodyside following the burnishing of paint blebs caused by welding on the reverse of the panels.
Friend of the Baby Deltic Project, Colin Alexander has written a splendid book about Pilot Scheme Diesels featuring, of course, Baby Deltics.
In an act of remarkable generosity the profits of this book are to be split between the Baby Deltic Project and the group restoring 'Co-Bo' D5705.
The book launches on 15 May 2017 and you can follow the link here to buy your copy and help the BDP. Many, many thanks to Colin for supporting the project.