Taking Stock

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Taking Stock

Between May 2013 and November 2014, Deltic locomotive 55 022 Royal Scots Grey was used by GB Railfreight on a series of EMU stock moves between Scotrail’s Yoker depot in Glasgow and the Brodie Engineering workshops at Kilmarnock. Thanks to the co-operation of GBRf and Beaver Sports (the locos owner), we were able to travel on board the Deltic-hauled 6V53 in October 2014 which conveyed the 40th and final Class 334 unit for refurbishment. The first stage of the journey is a circuitous and complex trip around Glasgow, from north of the River Clyde to south of the river. After setting off from Yoker depot, the Deltic heads along the Argyle Line through Partick to Finnieston West Junction. Here, we descend under the city on the Low Level Lines via Anderston, Glasgow Central and Argyle Street.

This three-mile section of the journey has to be one of the most bizarre cab sequences we have ever filmed. It includes an exhilarating standing start from Exhibition Centre as the 6V53 waits for the train ahead to clear the underground section, so the Deltic can get a clear run without setting off any of the station’s smoke alarms! 

After emerging at Dalmarnock, we cross the Clyde just before Rutherglen North Junction where we take the short non-passenger carrying spur to Rutherglen West Junction. We then briefly head along the West Coast Main Line past Polmadie depot to Larkfield Junction, Terminus Junction and Shields Junction. From there we join the busy ‘Paisley Corridor’ section of the Ayr Line where 55 022 performs an overtaking manoeuvre on a passenger service. Full power is applied under the majestic glass roof of Paisley Gilmour Street station before continuing through Milliken Park and Dalry to Kilwinning. There, we bear left and head through Irvine to Barassie. Royal Scots Grey runs round its train in Barassie yard before continuing over the delightful single-track route through Gatehead to Kilmarnock. After reversing the EMU into the Brodie yard, 55 022 performs a series of shunting moves prior to departing with a refurbished 334 Scotrail EMU. The programme was filmed on a fine autumn afternoon, and as a bonus, the Class 55 was ‘Wired for Sound’ to fully capture the unique Napier sound. The post-BR career of 55 022 has been truly remarkable and this programme is a record of yet another chapter in the locomotive’s long and distinguished history.

Programme Fact File

Narrator: David Maxey
First Published: 2014
Route Featured: Yoker to Kilmarnock 
Class Featured: 55.
Availability: Now

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Other Locomaster Profiles Programmes featuring Class 55 "Deltic" motive power: 
Diesels in Preservation
, Deltic... Western... Whistler..., The Traction Series, All the Way and The Power Hour.

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