The magnificent seven - for the first time in preservation history, all surviving Deltic's were lined up and displayed at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon. The night shoot, which on the saturday was unfortunately blessed by continual drissle, still brought the chance for some good photographs.
The Deltics came from across the preserved scene, one even having recently been on contract to GBRf. Thanks must go to Martin Walker, the DPS and Locomotion for the operation and staffing of the event. The night shoot itself was really freindly, with some nice people to meet and also plenty of others that I knew as 'freinds of the Black Hat'.
It was truely a memorable night, especially when at one point, 6 Deltic engines were running simultaneously, a somewhat noisy but enjoyable experience. Deltics do indeed have a cult following, and the display of these with the Pioneer prototype DP1 was indeed a case of 7 examples of fine engineering.
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