The Preservation Era.
The new chapter of the legendary 'Deltics' following the 2nd January, 1982 and the end of an era. Eventually, and to the surprise of many, no fewer than six 'Deltics' escaped the cutter's torch. This programme charts the 11-year progress of the groups that helped save them and shows how the 'Deltic' legend is kept alive today.
The programme includes:
Doncaster, 1982 - the infamous Deltic Open Day
the handing-over ceremony for 55 009 and 55 019 and D9000
the first runs on the North York Moors
9000 and 55 016 in blue on the Nene Valley
the handing over of Tulyar
the first double-header in preservation - the Silver Jubilee
55 015 & 55 016 at the Keighley & Worth Valley Gala
55 019 at Butterley
green repaints for D9000 & D9016
the Didcot Gala
55 002's only runs since withdrawal
9019 at Great Central
55 015 on the NYMR and on fire
D9000/D9016/9019 & 77 015 at the Severn Valley
Tulyar & Alycidon with blue cab repaints
9019 on the Mid-Hants and returning to the GCR by road
D9000 and D9016 at the Paignton Galas
and ... the return of Crepello, exclusively for our cameras!
Plus much more.
There is also a cab ride on Tulyar, a close look at the heavy restoration of Alycidon at ICI Wilton, pre-start checks on Royal Highland Fusilier, Gordon Highlander & Royal Scots Grey at Old Oak and conversations with the volunteers who keep the locos running.
Plus Bonus Footage looking at the return of 'Deltics' to the East Coast Main Line.