The “Baby Deltic” project has released its latest update on a new Baby Deltic locomotive, English Electric Type 2, Class 23.
Last week the fuel tank was installed, although it may need to be removed at some point – for now it can be considered complete.
The locomotive is seen below on the turntable at Barrow Hill ready to be shunted out to position the tank.
To make it easier to move around the site, the tank was mounted on a PW trolley and pushed outside.
Once removed from the PW carriage, the tank was moved out of the way so that the locomotive could be shunted outside. The outboard end loco support, the tank end in this photo, has been tipped up to allow the tank to be lifted into an upright position. The inboard end, hanger brackets and outboard end were then bolted down. In total, the whole process took less than an hour.
The last part of the installation will be to adjust the two bottom rolled edges, which have been left out to ease the installation and reduce the risk of damaging them with the forklift. This photo makes an interesting comparison with the previous one from the same position.
The Baby Deltic project was formed in 2001 and has the only remaining Napier Deltic Type T9-29 engine and generator set. This power unit was purchased from the National Railway Museum in 2001; refurbishment began in 2007, culminating in a successful engine start in October 2008.
The project then purchased a locomotive and installed the power unit on it, which allowed it greater freedom and greatly facilitated the process of running in and testing the power unit. This break-in and testing was completed in 2010. In September 2010, the project announced plans to create a replica of a Baby Deltic using the test bed locomotive as a starting point.
You can read more about the project on their website here https://www.babydeltic.co.uk/