It is seventeen years since we last produced a main line Deltic cab-ride so we are long overdue for another one. Thanks to GB Railfreight and Beaver Sports we filmed the EMU transfer move from Yoker to Kilmarnock in October 2014 on board legendary locomotive 55 022 Royal Scots Grey. The train was conveying the 40th and final Class 334 unit for refurbishment at the Brodie’s Kilmarnock workshops.
The journey around Glasgow is likely to have you reaching for your rail atlas. After setting off from Scotrail’s Yoker depot, the first stage of the journey takes the Deltic along the Argyle Line where it dives under the city centre on the Low Level Lines via Anderston, Glasgow Central and Argyle Street. In our 20 years of producing cab-rides, this has to be one of the most bizarre cab sequences we have ever filmed! After climbing out of the tunnel at Dalmarnock, we continue across the city via Rutherglen North and West Junctions, Polmadie, Larkfield Junction, Terminus Junction and Shields Junction. From there we get a good run along the Ayr Line – even overtaking a passenger service – through Paisley Gilmour Street, Milliken Park and Dalry to Kilwinning. There, we bear left and head to Barassie. The Deltic runs round its train in the sidings before continuing over the delightful single-track route through Drybridge and Gatehead to Kilmarnock where 55 022 reverses the train into the Brodie sidings.
It was all filmed on a rather lovely autumn afternoon, and as a bonus, the Class 55 was ‘Wired for Sound’ to fully capture the unique Napier sound.
Produced by - Locomaster Profiles
Running time - 100 Minutes
Released - November 2014