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The Deltics and Baby Deltics (Kindle)

A Tale of Success and Failure

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By Andrew Fowler
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Modern Traction Profiles
File Size: 22.6 MB (.mobi)
ISBN: 9781473870109
eBook Released: 18th May 2021

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Andrew Fowler is a well known writer of railway history, with a regular feature in Railway Herald Magazine. The Deltic class 55 Locomotives were some of the most successful, first generation diesels introduced to British Railways, being constructed from 1960-1962 and numbering twenty two, in the production class. The prototype machine was constructed in 1956 and was tested extensively on express trains on the London Midland and Eastern Regions of B R, until 1960. The interest and enthusiasm, for the class is reflected in the fact, that six examples of the class are preserved, including the 1956 prototype. The Baby Deltics, were a derivative Locomotive design, using one rather then two engines, for use on outer suburban and short main line semi fast services. Only ten Baby Deltics were constructed between 1961-1962, for use on services out of London Kings Cross. The Baby Deltics were all withdrawn within a decade, as they were not very successful in main line service.

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About Andrew Fowler

Andrew Fowler has been writing articles for various railway magazines for many years, his native area is Lancashire, where he has been involved with railway preservation and historical research. 


He has a keen interest in both steam and first generation modern traction, this is his first book looking into two classes of early diesel traction.


He is a photographer by profession and has taken numerous railway pictures over the years, covering both historic and modern traction.

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