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.
Two photos below show the most unglamorous side of the work being undertaken to recreate a Baby Deltic.
The photo on the left shows the joining plates on no. 2 nose end receiving the first run of weld prior to root inspection by NDT staff.
The photo on the right shows the work on the no. 1 end cab equipment, all of which needs to be removed to enable the refurbishment and then rebuild to a modified specification. All of the pipework is corroded, damaged or both and all of the cable & conduit is superfluous in its present arrangement. On a positive note we will be reusing the 'Ten-Vee' droplight scissors!
On an equally positive note, we would like to record our thanks to a small group of special supporters of the Project all of whom have a historical connection with the original locos - they comprise fitting staff from Finsbury Park and Drivers from Hitchin & Hatfield. The support from these people in the form of regular donations gives a boost to those working on the loco; knowing that our work is approved and recognised by people who worked on Baby Deltics 'the first time round' is rewarding indeed - thank you.
Work this week has concentrated on the manufacture of new roof sections. Whilst it would technically have been possible to use the roof sections from the donor loco they would have to have been very heavily modified and the main (i.e. engine room) roof was unsuitable as it was full of hatches and bore no resemblance to the Baby Deltic roof. There are three removable roof sections on the recreated loco - CWA (boiler) compartment, engine room and electrical compartment. As it happens the electrical compartment roof can be made fairly easily from parts of the boiler roof from the donor and this is what we've done.
Seen in the photos below from above and from the side is the framework for the engine room roof in place on the loco.