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.
One of the annoying things about having a loco with two ends is that once you've done a load of work at one end it has to be repeated at the other end. The theory is that it's always easier the second time around. This theory is, of course, nonsense.
Having completed (some months ago) all the work on shortening no. 2 nose end we are now repeating the process at no. 1 end with the same vim and vigour......
Seen in the photos below is the Driver's side solebar with a rough cut showing the offset between the two sections as a result of the shortening and the Secondman's side with a clean cut after the preparation for welding in the joining sections next time. The solebars take all of the buffing load and their importance in the overall structural strength cannot be understated.
Also shown is a conduit, or what remains of it. Aluminium corrodes just like steel does and this dusty tube was once a 1/16" thick conduit. All of this will be replaced with new conduit throughout.
Following on from last month's theme of repeating at the second end what has already been done at the other end is this - the removal of most of the remaining structure from no. 1 nose.
The structure which will replace it is almost entirely new, from the uprights and horizontals that form the framework, to the members forming the nose-end door aperture, to the external skin. the only pieces remaining from the original are (parts of) the floor plate, the bufferbeam and the two front corners at the top of the nose.