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.
More significant progress this week with the completion of the engine room roof section. Involving a considerably-easier-than-previously shunt now that the buffers and drawgear are reinstalled (previous update refers) the loco was positioned under the hoist at BH and the roof framework removed. Once settled on stands the laser-cut sheets were mounted, checked for alignment and tacked on before the lifting eye positions were marked and drilled followed by the laborious process of stitch-welding (inside) and seam-welding (top side) which took place over nearly two days. A coat of primer was applied to all surfaces before the roof was lifted back onto the loco and then shunted back into place.
Special thanks this week to Steve Williams (Sheaf Engineering) for the use of the hoist and Don Cambridge (BHESS) for the mag-drill and bit.
The photos are fairly self-explanatory......
Another week, another roof. This time the much smaller CWA roof - CWA being a BR acronym for Carriage Warming Apparatus, a boiler in other words. There's no CWA of any sorts in this recreation of the Baby Deltic though, the space will instead be used for compressors, exhausters and a traction motor blower. All of these still need a removable roof and here it is in frame form and then with the skin attached.
With the loco under the hoist again this week we took the opportunity to remove the electrical control cubicle and the fan mounting assembly and the third picture shows them all together on the ground. A good opportunity also to weigh the bits and assess the changes to the centre of gravity for when it comes to loco weighing much later on.
The final photo is a broadside of the loco which is gratuitous as the number of likes on Facebook always increases whenever a loco picture is published.
Finally, on a personal note, if any journalists would actually like a proper piece for your magazine or 'news' website, why not ask rather than just copy and pasting whatever we write here!