All the Way
footplate experience - a 100 mph Deltic on the main line!
This ‘Wired for Sound’ cab-ride was originally released in 1997,
but has now been digitally re-mastered to provide enhanced picture
quality as well as the inclusion of around 20 minutes extra footage.
The journey on board D9000 Royal Scots Grey is over legendary Deltic
territory - the East Coast Main Line, all 393 miles of it! The train is
the "Deltic Scotsman" from King’s Cross to Edinburgh on 6th
September 1997, the first Deltic-hauled passenger train between the two
termini for more than 15 years. After easing out of ‘The Cross’,
D9000 gathers speed through the North London suburbs of Finsbury Park,
Harringay and Barnet. After a stop at Stevenage, D9000 is off again for
a rousing run through Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire before calling at
Peterborough. That’s followed by a spirited run up to Stoke Summit.
After descending to Grantham, Royal Scots Grey continues north
through Newark and Retford, before blasting through the centre road at
Doncaster. With a new driver at the controls from York, the famous
four-track racing stretch to Northallerton has the twin 18-cylinder
Napiers roaring away at full bore.
Continuing north through Darlington, Ferryhill and Durham, D9000
pauses briefly in Newcastle station before a performing a rousing run
past Heaton depot. Next the train crosses the famous Royal Border Bridge
at Berwick. As the train ran on the day of the Princess of Wales’
funeral, as a mark of respect the train stopped for a 2-minute silence
on the England/Scotland border. And not at a signal either, but right
next to the border sign. The final leg of the journey sees the Deltic
storm through the Borders Region and into Lothian before arriving at
Edinburgh’s Waverley station.
An outstanding performance that proves, even by today’s standards,
the Deltic is a legendary machine - in sight, sound and power. So, climb
‘up front’ for this spectacular and historic journey!
"Two Napiers unleashed for your ultimate