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.
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.
A two-day working party this week saw plenty of work being completed on the underframes, specifically the connections between the main frames and the shortened nose frames. Although much of the work had been done some time ago there were some areas which were all-but impossible to access without the loco being lifted.
Fortunately we have been able to hire a set of jacks from HNRC at Barrow Hill and the lift was, therefore, a doddle.
All the required work was completed apart from a small area of reinforcement at no. 1 end. It isn't clear yet whether a further lift will be necessary to complete this work or not.
Also, whilst the loco was in the air the opportunity was taken to weigh it providing a useful gauge of loco weight distribution in its new form.
Seen in the photos is no. 2 end with welding and preparation taking place and a view looking along the length of the loco sans bogies.