The Baby Deltic Project today announced its intention to create a replica of an EECo Type 2 (Class 23) ‘Baby’ Deltic, using its test-bed loco 37372 as the starting point.
The project, which has sought and been granted the patronage of the following august organisations;
• National Railway Museum,
• Transport Trust,
• Napier Power Heritage Trust, and
• Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust,
will be formally launched at the forthcoming ‘Model Rail Live’ event to be held at Barrow Hill Roundhouse on 25/26 September 2010.
The decision to build a replica of this long absent locomotive type follows the presentation of a detailed feasibility study to Project members at a meeting in early July. The study investigated the options available for conversion, the engineering processes required, the facilities required and the likely cost of conversion.
In brief, the Project intends to shorten the nose and body length of 37372, restyle the body and mount the loco on Class 20 bogies so as to reproduce, so far as reasonably practicable, the appearance of a Class 23.
The bogies (a fundamental part to the recreation) have been acquired already while the heart of the loco – the sole remaining Napier T9-29 engine – has been rebuilt from a ‘seized solid’ hulk to an operational unit by Project members over the last two and a half years.
The conversion will be undertaken within the Deltic Preservation Society’s depot at Barrow Hill, Chesterfield where the Project will maintain a display and periodically offer the opportunity to inspect the work in progress.
The timescale for the conversion will be almost entirely determined by the funds available; the Project has sufficient funding to undertake the underframe conversion work for the bogie change and to begin the loco shortening but not, at the time of this release, to complete the work. The conversion will not be started in earnest until the funds are in place.
With an estimated £30,000 required to complete the project, an appeal for funding will be launched on 25 September, for details of how you can help the project please;
• Write to The Baby Deltic Project, c/o Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Campbell Drive, Staveley, Chesterfield, S43 2PR
• E-mail the Project at infoATthebabydelticproject.co.uk
Since the above press release was written there have been some changes.
Principally, the work is now being undertaken in the Roundhouse at Barrow Hill.
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