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.
We have been fortunate (once again, as regular followers of the project will know) to have been donated from Rolls-Royce DGS at Winsford a number of valuable and useful tools and fixtures used in the overhaul and repair of 9-cylinder Deltic engines.
As with the previous donation we have been gifted this equipment in return for donations to Rolls-Royce's chosen charity - this year it is
St. Luke's Hospice.
If you were considering a donation to the BDP over the next month or so we would urge you instead to make your donation to St. Luke's and support their most worthy work.
We are aware of an editorial piece in a minor railway magazine which disparages and demeans the BDP, and other groups with similar aims. After some consideration we have decided that not to provide a formal response to such an asinine piece is the best option.
Progress on the no. 2 nose end again this week. Following the removal of all the remaining old sections of the nose last time, a start has been made on the framework for the new nose end. Students of the loco (and geometry) will know that the nose on a Baby Deltic is shorter than a class 37, as a result the width at the leading end of the nose is greater. To account for this the framework needs to be remade to the correct width and this is our present workstream. The photo shows work carried out this week; note (1) the laser line showing the loco centreline, (2) the new leading corner at the correct width, (3) the abrupt end to the leading angle section denoting where the nose-end door frame will be attached. Thanks for all the support over the past week. (c) Watson & Crick, 1953.