_________________ D9012/9012/55012 _________________

"CREPELLO"

English Electric No. 2917.

Vulcan Foundry. D569.

Date To Service: 4th September 1961.

Original Allocation: Finsbury Park, London (34G/FP).

Named: 4th September 1961 at Doncaster Works without ceremony (in honour of racehorse owned by Sir Victor Sassoon, won The Derby and 2,000 Guineas).

Date Withdrawn: 18th May 1981 - scrapped 09/81.

Allocation History

34G 04.09.61. 64B o/l 2/68. 64B 2/68. 34G 6/68 (act 5/68). FP 5/73. Withdrawn 18.05.81. To ZF 15.06.81. Cut-up 08-18.09.81.
Year Highlights
1961

04.09.61
Ran light from Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, to Doncaster Works - accepted into BR service and allocated 34G, Finsbury Park TMD. "CREPELLO" nameplates fitted without ceremony.



1827

"CREPELLO"
Bloodline & Family Tree:

Crepello was owned by Sir Victor Sassoon and like St. Paddy was trained by Noel Murless. He won the classic races; Derby, ridden by Lester Piggott, beating Ballymoss into second place and the 2000 Guineas, again ridden by Lester Piggott, in 1957. Crepello went on to sire many foals and is in the blood-line of many classic winning thoroughbreds including the 1967 Eclipse Stakes winner Busted and 1973 Oaks and 1000 Guineas winner Mysterious. Also in Crepello's lineage were; Altesse Royale (1971 Oaks and 1000 Guineas); Ginerva (1972 Oaks); Bustino (1974 St. Leger and 1975 Coronation Cup); and Opace (1984 Irish St. Leger). Both Bustino and Opace were by Busted. Crepello's impressive family tree continues into a fourth generation with Pebbles, the 1984 1000 Guineas and the 1985 Eclipse Stakes winner, and Celeric winner of the 1997 Gold Cup.

Crepello beats Ballymoss into second place in 1957 Derby - click here.

CREPELLO
1954
DONATELO
1934
BLENHEIM
1927
1930 DERBY

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2598/60087

BLANDFORD
1919
SWYNFORD
1907
JOHN O'GAUNT
1901
CANTERBURY PILGRIM
1893
BLANCHE
1912
WHITE EAGLE
1905
BLACK CHERRY
1892
MALVA
1919
CHARLES O'MALLEY
1907
DESMOND
1896
GOODY-TWO-SHOES
1899
WILD ARUM
1911
ROBERT LE DIABLE
1899
MARLIACEA
1902 
DELEANA
1925
CLARISSIMUS
1913
RADIUM
1903
BEND OR
1877
TAIA
1892
QUINTESSENCE
1900
ST. FRUSQUIN
1893
1896 2000 GUINEAS

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2574/60075

MARGARINE
1887
D. DI. BUONINSEGNA
1920
BRIDGE OF EARN
1906
CYLLENE
1895
SANTA BRIGIDA
1898
DUTCH MARY
1915
WILLIAM THE THIRD
1898
PRETTY POLLY
1901
1904 OAKS, ST. LEGER & 1000 GUINEAS

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2560/60061

CREPUSCULE
1948
MIEUXCE
1933
MASSINE
1920
CONSOLS
1908
DORICLES
1898
CONSOLE
MAURI
1909
AJAX
1901
LA CAMARGO
1898
L'OLIVETTE
1925
OPOTT
1910
MAXIMUM
OUSSOURI
JONICOLE
1920
ST. JUST
1907
ST. FIOLE
RED SUNSET
1941
SOLARIO
1922
1925 ST. LEGER

Carried by:
Gresley A3 4473/60104

GAINSBOROUGH
1915
1918 DERBY, ST. LEGER & 2000 GUINEAS

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2597/60086

BAYARDO
1906
1909 ST. LEGER

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2578/60079

ROSEDROP
1907
SUN WORSHIP
1912
SUNDRIDGE
1898
DOCTRINE
1898
DULCE
1932
ASTERUS
1923
TEDDY
1913
ASTRELLA
1912
DORINA
1923
LA FARINA
1911
 DORA AGNES

15.12.61
At 22:00 on the 15th December 1961 D9012 "CREPELLO", whilst working the 3E30 09:55 Class C Newcastle - Holloway ECS train, ran into rear of the 21:50 New England - Kings Cross freight, hauled by V2 60803 at Wood Walton, on the up slow line, between Peterborough and Huntingdon. Wreckage blocked the up fast and this was hit by the 10:05 Aberdeen - King's Cross meat train, led by V2 60977, which was then hit by the down 18:10 King's Cross - Newcastle fitted freight led by A3 60078 "NIGHT HAWK". Of all the locomotives 60977 came of the worst, the Deltic suffering only minor body & internal damage. The ECS included "The Flying Scotsman" coaches, which being marshalled at the end of the train were undamaged. 60977 was shipped to Darlington works for repair, D9012 went to Doncaster and was released during January 1962.

Further information regarding D9012's collision at Connington:

The ECML was closed from the night of 15th until 17th December, with trains diverted via the GN/GE Joint line to March and then via Cambridge. However, in the early hours of 17th, two parcels trains were further diverted from March to Cambridge via St. Ives, rather than Ely, one of which was hauled by D9001. The subsequent inquiry into the collision blamed the mix of "permissive" block working on the slow lines (where more than one train is allowed to enter the section, under the control of the signalman, and ease up on the rear of the train in front) and "absolute" block on the fast lines. The driver of D9012 had been stopped at Connington box, in fog, and allowed to proceed onto the slow lines under "permissive" block - but he mistakenly thought that he was running under "absolute" block and continued at speed, catching up and colliding with the freight train ahead.

1962

18.06.62
The inaugural diesel hauled 1A12 09:30 King's Cross - Edinburgh, "The Elizabethan" departed King's Cross on Monday 18th June 1962 behind an immaculate D9012 "CREPELLO". Hitherto "The Elizabethan" had been the pinnacle of non-stop running between King's Cross and Edinburgh behind Pacific locomotives with corridor tenders giving access between footplate and stock. The new service, however, had a Newcastle stop to allow crew changes - London crews (it was said) were prepared to travel in the cab for the duration of the 393 miles, whether on duty or off, but Haymarket men were not. The 1962 winter timetable, which came into force from 10th September, saw the withdrawal of "The Elizabethan" service, the 1A12 becoming a King's Cross - Newcastle service only.
29.06.62
1A12 09:30 King's Cross - Edinburgh, "The Elizabethan" to Newcastle (engine failure - A4 Pacific forward).
31.07.62
1A65 20:05 Edinburgh - King's Cross (assisted by B1 61208).

1963

12-14.02.63
1N03 07:45 King's Cross - Leeds, "The West Riding" and 1E10 12:17 Harrogate - King's Cross, from Leeds (dynamometer car in formation - boiler tests).
11.04.63
1E31 17:07 Hull - King's Cross, from Doncaster to Grantham (engine failure) A3 Pacific 60050 "PERSIMMON" forward.

1964
 
1965

10.08.65
Released from Doncaster Works after fitting of cast bogies (bogies No.1 1033 replaced by 9000-13 & No.2 1034 replaced by 9000-14).

1966

21.03.66
1st EE maintenance contract expires - mileage recorded at 715,415.
04.04.66
On Monday 4th April 1966 D9012 was the chosen locomotive to haul the 1Z10 09:56 King's Cross - Doncaster and return special demonstration train. A copy of the documentation for the day is as follows (as can be seen the outward train was booked to run in front of the days 1A16 10:00 King's Cross - Edinburgh "The Flying Scotsman" and the retimed 1B14 14:01 Doncaster - King's Cross on the return):



0902 - Image: John Smith.

01.12.66
4O92 (up cement empties - noted Grantham).

1967

02.03.67
Released from Doncaster Works, after General repair, with full yellow ends applied.

1968

25.02.68
Transferred to 64B Haymarket (ex 34G Finsbury Park) - until completion of dual braking to the fleet.
20.03.68

Released from Doncaster Works, after General repair, in blue livery and equipped with dual braking.
16.06.68
Officially transferred to 34G Finsbury Park (ex 64B Haymarket) after completion of dual braking to the fleet (transfer moves actually occurred early May 1968 to coincide with the new timetable).

1969
 
1970

20.01.70-02.08.70
Carrying 'D' prefix on 20/01 but reported dropped by 02/08 (most likely date for this would be after Light repair dated 30/01-07/02).
04.05.70

With the new 1970 timetable, from the 4th May, came improved line speeds and accelerated times for services on the ECML. The first King's Cross departure of the day was the 1N06 07:45 for Newcastle hauled by 9012 "CREPELLO". Passengers aboard were given souvenir cards depicting the timings and those in the dining car were treated to a glass of champagne. On arrival at Newcastle the train's crew were presented with travelling alarm clocks and the driver received an extra bonus of a large cigar! The 1A07 07:35 departure from Newcastle, behind 9014 "THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON'S REGIMENT", saw similar treatment and like the 1N08 saw destination arrivals of one minute early.
17.05.70

1Z20 Leeds - Diss, "The East Anglian" RCTS railtour (via Chesterfield, Nottingham, Peterborough & March) and 1Z20 16:28 Diss - Leeds return (via Stowmarket, Peterborough & Loughborough).

1971

22.01.71
Released from Doncaster Works, after Intermediate repair, with ETH equipment fitted.

1972
 
1973
 
1974

02.02.74
Locomotive officially renumbered 55012 w/e 02/02 (carried by 30/01).

1975
 
1976

20.12.76
To Doncaster Works for final Intermediate repair (off 27.04.77).

1977

08.06.77
1S12 07:45 King's Cross - Edinburgh, "The Silver Jubilee" (inaugural service - with headboard).
10-12.06.77
York Station - on public display.
24.09.77
1F55 07:45 King’s Cross - Edinburgh, "The Deltic Pictorial" RPPR railtour (1S12 stock & headboard) and 1F55 16:45 Edinburgh - King’s Cross return.
17.10.77
During the week commencing 17th October 1977 unofficial industrial action led to the removal of Deltics from all ECML workings. Action was taken by maintenance staff angry at the proposed closure of Finsbury Park Depot with the introduction of the new HST fleet, which was to be maintained at the new Bounds Green Depot. Maintenance staff 'blacked' the Deltic fleet thus all engines remained 'laid-up' at various installations until the dispute was settled on October 21st. A list of how the dispute affected the class is as follows:

 
Locomotive: Notes:
55001 Haymarket TMD 13/10 - 23/10. Worked 1E35 20:20 Edin - KX 23/10.
55002 Finsbury Park TMD 14/10 - 23/10. Worked 1N29 19:00 KX - N'lce 23/10.
55003 Haymarket TMD 14/10 - 23/10. Worked 1E25 12:15 Aber - KX from Edin 23/10.
55004 Finsbury Park TMD 13/10 - 23/10. Worked 1S21 11:00 KX - Edin 24/10.
55005 Doncaster Works 'Intermediate' 31/03 - 21/10. Worked 1E48 21:15 Aber - KX from Doncaster 26/10.
55006 Finsbury Park TMD 11/10 - 24/10. Worked 1L22 15:55 KX - Leeds 24/10.
55007 York TMD 10/10 - 25/10. Worked 1A06 08:05 YK - KX 25/10.
55008 Gateshead TMD 13/10 - 24/10. Worked 1A40 20:30 N'cle - KX 24/10.
55009 York TMD 17/10 - 23/10. Worked 0D01 12:00 YK - Doncaster 23/10.
55010 Haymarket TMD 13/10 - 24/10. Worked 1E20 15:00 Edin - KX 24/10.
55011 Gateshead TMD 14/10 - 24/10. Worked 1A07 07:25 N'cle - KX 24/10.
55012 York TMD 14/10 - 24/10. Worked 1A06 08:05 YK - KX 24/10.
55013 Haymarket TMD 15/10 - 23/10. Worked 1E39 22:30 Edin - KX 23/10.
55014 Gateshead TMD 14/10 - 25/10. Worked 1A15 09:20 N'cle - KX 25/10.
55015 Finsbury Park TMD 08/10 - 25/10. Worked 1N00 01:00 KX - N'cle 26/10.
55016 Haymarket TMD 15/10 - 19/10. Sent to Doncaster Works 19/10 for 'Light repair' behind 40063.
55017 Doncaster Works 'Intermediate' 03/10 - 19.01.78.
55018 Doncaster Works 'Intermediate' 30/06 - 10/12.
55019 Finsbury Park TMD 14/10 - 23/10. Worked 1D00 08:25 KX - Cleethorpes 24/10.
55020 Holbeck TMD 10/10 - 23/10. Worked 1A47 00:43 Leeds - KX 24/10.
55021 Gateshead TMD 14-10 - 24-10. Worked 1S28 07:00 N'cle - Edin 24/10.
55022 Finsbury Park TMD 14/10 - 23/10. Worked 1S43 18:00 KX - Edin 23/10.

Finsbury Park - 6; Gateshead - 4; Haymarket - 5; Doncaster Works - 3; York - 3; Holbeck - 1; Locomotives moving in this period - 1 (55016, Haymarket to works).

1978

08.05.78
On Monday 8th May 1978 a new summer timetable began on the British Rail network and with it came a new HST-125 (High Speed Train) involvement on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). Thus displacing the Deltic locomotives from the 'crack' express duties which they had worked since introduction in 1961.

On this date 55012 (D9012) "CREPELLO" worked the inaugural 1D04 16:42 King's Cross - Hull, "The Hull Executive", complete with black headboard. The 'Executive' was a replacement for the former "The Hull Pullman" and was more usually Deltic hauled on the up 1A04 06:50 Hull - King's Cross. From April 1979, however and yet more Deltic displacement by HST's, the down service also saw regular Deltic haulage and was re-timed in May of that year (1D04 17:05 King's Cross - Hull) becoming booked Deltic traction with an average speed of 91.3 mph, the fastest diesel hauled service in the country.
20.05.78
1Zxx 08:40 King's Cross - Leeds, "East Coast Pullman Salute" (farewell to Pullman services on ECML) and 1Zxx St. Pancras - Edinburgh, "The Thames-Forth Express" from Leeds (via S&C).
08.10.78
Barrow Hill TMD - open day exhibit.
13.12.78
1D01 08:25 King's Cross - Cleethorpes and 1A21 13:18 Cleethorpes - King's Cross.

1979

29.09.79
1M62 08:49 York - Liverpool and 1E99 13:05 Liverpool - York.
15.10.79
White window surrounds applied at Finsbury Park - the last to be so treated.

The full list for white window application (in order) is as follows:

Locomotive:

Date White Windows Applied:

First Train & Notes:

55003

06.04.79

'The Northumbrian' railtour on 07.04.79.

55015

12.07.79

Whilst on FP from 10.07.79, prior to going to Stratford for open day on the 14th July.
Worked 1D04 17:05 King's Cross - Hull on 15.07.79.

55007

03.08.79

Whilst stopped on FP from 25th or 26.07.79.
Worked 1L42 12:20 King's Cross - York on 03.08.79.

55018

14.08.79

Worked 1L44 16:05 King's Cross - York on 15.08.79.

55009

21.08.79

Whilst on FP for 'C' exam 16/8 - 21/8.
First train believed to be 1L42 12:20 King's Cross - York on 21.08.79.

55012

15.10.79

Whilst on FP 11.10.79 - 15.10.79.
First train unknown but worked 1M58 08:15 Newcastle - Liverpool on 16.10.79.

09.12.79
1M01 York - Tinsley and 1Z79 Marylebone - Canonbury Jn, "The Yorkshire Terrier" from Tinsley (Worcester Society railtour).

1980

30.01.80
1A23 08:50 Edinburgh - Aberdeen and 1G65 12:40 Aberdeen - Edinburgh.
02.02.80
0Z25 Edinburgh - Carstairs and 1Z25 Folkestone - Edinburgh, from Carstairs (troop train).
19.05.80
0E00 20:30 Haymarket - Healey Mills (towing 40081).

1981

03.03.81
1O50 17:00 Edinburgh - Glasgow Queen St (vice 47/7) and 1O53 18:00 Glasgow Queen St. - Edinburgh.
13.05.81
1E39 22:30 Edinburgh - King's Cross (final train).
18.05.81
Locomotive withdrawn (officially 31/05).
15.06.81
To Doncaster Works for disposal - cut-up by 18.09.81

1982

16.12.82
On December 16th 1982 the auctioneers Christies held an unusual sale at their showroom at Old Brompton Road, London. Included in the sale were five Deltic nameplates and one Deltic locomotive! 55015 went under the hammer as well as plates from 55009 "ALYCIDON", 55012 "CREPELLO", 55013 "THE BLACK WATCH", 55015 "TULYAR" and 55019 "ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER". Below is a table of events at the sale:

Nameplate/Locomotive Anticipated catalogue sale price.
(Not reserve price)
Bidding started at. Final Offer. Remarks.
"ALYCIDON" nameplate £1000-£1200 £500 £1000 Sold.
"CREPELLO" nameplate £1000-£1200 £400 £900 Sold.
"THE BLACK WATCH" nameplate £1300-£1500 £500 £950 Sold.
"TULYAR" nameplate £1000-£1200 £400 £900 Sold.
"ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER" nameplate £1300-£1500 £500 £1100 Sold.
55015 "TULYAR" locomotive £10,000-£15,000 £4000 £5,500 Reserve price was not reached

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