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Issue Date: 11/01/2011
Issue Name: 50th Anniversary of the Class 55 Deltics / The Genius of Gerry Anderson
Producer: Buckingham Covers
11th January 1961. The first Deltic locomotives roll out of Vulcan Foundry Works. They were to dominate the express passenger services for over a decade. 50 years on, this splendid cover pays homage to a piece of British engineering history and features the 6 Genius of Gerry Anderson stamps, along with a Royal Mail, York postmark (11th January, 2011)
The Deltic Preservation Society
The Deltic Preservation Society owns 3 of the 6 surviving Deltics, restores and maintains these feats of British engineering, and makes appearances all over the country hauling trains on a variety of private lines.
Class 55 'Deltics' Locomotives: a quick history
The British Rail Class 55 locomotive was one of the greatest pieces of British engineering, combining elegant styling with ground breaking technology. Painted in the dark British Rail green on top with a strip of lighter lime green along the bottom, the dominated the express passenger services for over 10 years.
At the heart of the locomotive is the Napier Deltic Engine, which was originally commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1944.
The English Electric Company bought Napier, and wanted to use the company's Deltic engine to power a railway locomotive, leading to the production of the DP1 prototype in 1955. Originally modelled on a large American locomotive, its sleek high lines and set back cab made the DP1 an elegant and impressive machine.
One of the most distinguishable features of the Deltic was its sound - at high speeds the drone of the engine led to it being nicknamed Lancaster Bombers. British Rail ordered 22 further units, which served along the East Coast Mainline from London to Edinburgh. Sadly, their reign ended in the 1970s when HSTs were introduced on the same line. British Rail moved the Deltics onto secondary services, but deemed them ultimately to expensive to maintain. The Deltic were withdrawn towards the end of the 1970s, with the last serving in 1981. However, due to its unique engineering and sleek style, the locomotive has built up a large following, and six of the original 22 have found their way into the hands of museums and enthusiasts.
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