_________________ D9015/9015/55015 _________________

"TULYAR"

English Electric No. 2920.

Vulcan Foundry No. D572.

Date To Service: 13th October 1961.

Original Allocation: Finsbury Park, London (FP).

Named: 13th October 1961 at Doncaster Works without ceremony (in honour of racehorse owned by The Aga Khan, won The Derby, Eclipse Stakes and St. Leger).

Date Withdrawn: 2nd January 1982 - Preserved privately and then by the Deltic Preservation Society.

Allocation History

34G 13.10.61. FP 5/73. YK 5/81. Withdrawn 02.01.82 (After farewell railtour). To ZF 5.01.82. To RTC Derby for tests 23.11.83- 1/84. Sold privately to Mr. Peter Sansom for preservation 04.01.84. To MRC 06.02.84. Sold to DPS for £12,000 8/87.
Year Highlights
1961

13.10.61
Ran light from Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, to Doncaster Works - accepted into BR service and allocated 34G, Finsbury Park TMD. "TULYAR" nameplates fitted without ceremony.



2249.

"TULYAR"
Bloodline & Family Tree:

Tulyar was another of the Deltic racehorses with an impressive pedigree, having among his predecessors Nearco and Gainsborough. Tulyar was owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Marcus Marsh. In 1952, ridden by Charlie Smirke, he won the Derby, St. Leger and Eclipse Stakes. Tulyar remained un-defeated as a three year old and won prize money totalling £76,417.  Tulyar was honoured with the "Tulyar Stakes" race run at Lingfield. The winning horse of the 1991 Derby and King George VII & Queen Elizabeth Stakes was Generous which has Tulyar in its bloodline. What is possibly more interesting is that a descendant of Tulyar is none other than Shergar, winner of the 1981 Derby and King George VII & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the horse allegedly taken for ransom by the IRA in the early 1980's and never again seen

 

TULYAR
1949
TEHRAN
1941
1944 ST. LEGER

Carried by:
Thompson A2/3 60518

BOIS ROUSSEL
1935
1938 DERBY

Carried by:
Peppercorn A1 60117

VATOUT
1926
PRINCE CHIMAY
1915
CHAUCER
1900
GALLORETTE
1907
VASTHI
1921
SANS SOUCI
1904
VAYA
1909
PLUCKY LIEGE
1912
SPEARMINT
1903
1906 DERBY

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2796/60100

CARBINE
1885
MAID OF THE MINT
1897
CONCERTINA
1896
ST. SIMON
1881
1884 ASCOT GOLD CUP

Carried by:
Gresley A3 4481/60112

COMIC SONG
1884
STAFARALLA
1935
SOLARIO
1922
1925 ST. LEGER

Carried by:
Gresley A3 4473/60104

GAINSBOROUGH
1915
1919 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
MIRAWALA
1923
PHALARIS
1913
POLYMELUS
1902
BROMUS
1905
MIRANDA
1905
GALLINULE
1884
ADMIRATION
1892
NEOCRACY
1944
NEARCO
1935
PHAROS
1920
PHALARIS
1913
POLYMELUS
1902
BROMUS
1905
SCAPA FLOW
1914
CHAUCER
1900
ANCHORA
1905
NOGARA
1928
HAVRESAC
1915
RABELAIS
1900
HORS CONCOURS
1906
CATNIP
1910
SPEARMINT
1903
1906 DERBY

Carried by:
Gresley A3 2796/60100

SIBOLA
1896
HARINA
1933
BLANDFORD
1919
SWYNFORD
1907
JOHN O'GAUNT
1901
CANTERBURY PILGRIM
1893
BLANCHE
1912
WHITE EAGLE
1905
BLACK CHERRY
1892
ATHASI
1917
FARASI
1903
DESMOND
1896
MOLLY MORGAN
1889
ATHGREANY
1910
GALLOPING SIMON
1904
FAIRYLAND
1903
1962

30.03.62
1E02 07:05 Bradford - King's Cross, "The West Riding" to Doncaster (engine failure) - A4 Pacific 60031 "GOLDEN PLOVER" forward.
13.04.62
1A75 19:15 Aberdeen - King's Cross, from Edinburgh to Peterborough (engine failure) - V2 60880 "GREEN ARROW" forward.
29.10.62
1A54 17:35 King's Cross - Newcastle, from York (ex D9017 from King's Cross, V2 60881 from Peterborough).
04.12.62
1A58 19:30 King's Cross - Aberdeen, "The Aberdonian" departed King's Cross 20:50 and was 5 hours late at Doncaster due to arctic weather conditions and derailment at New Barnet.

1963

17.05.63
1A49 16:55 Newcastle - King's Cross, to Doncaster - A1 Pacific 60119 "PATRICK STIRLING" forward.

1964

06.05.64
Released from Doncaster Works, after General repair, with series 3 power units 538 & 539 fitted.

1965

11.10.65
Released from Doncaster Works after fitting of cast bogies (bogies No.1 1035 replaced by 9000-29 & No.2 1036 replaced by 9000-30).

1966

21.03.66
1st EE maintenance contract expires - mileage recorded at 729,910.

1967

02.02.67
Released from Doncaster Works, after General repair, with full yellow ends applied.

1968

22.02.68
Released from Doncaster Works, after General repair, equipped with dual braking.

1969

02.05.69
Released from Doncaster Works, after Intermediate repair, in blue livery - the 'D' prefix is most likely to have been dropped from the number at this time.

1970
 
1971

13.02.71
Released from Doncaster Works, after Intermediate repair, with ETH equipment fitted.
13.09.71
Following the failure of 9015 with 1B16 07:15 Peterborough - King's Cross on September 13th 1971, and subsequent failures, the DME commented thus: "The history of this locomotive shows several instances of defects in No.1 main generator field circuit. But no root cause has been established. On 24th August the GFG1 contactor was found to be badly burnt and on 17th September the locomotive was checked in service by the CM&EE representative who reported an open circuit on R33 stud. The locomotive was subsequently checked on depot but no fault can be found". 01.12.71
Following late running of 1A15 09:05 Newcastle - King's Cross "Tees Tyne Pullman" on 1st December 1971, due to fuel starvation, the DME wrote: "Loco No.1516 was diagrammed for 1A15, but due to a series of mishaps 1516 was taken to work 1A11 08:10 Newcastle - King's Cross. 9015 had been fuelled with 700 gallons after arriving on the depot at 07:45 and it was after fuelling that the trouble developed."
 

1972

16.07.72
With yet another failure in service for 55015, this time on Sunday 17th July 1972 with the 1N29 18:00 King's Cross - Newcastle (the second failure in two days) the DME commented... "following this second casualty in two days the locomotive returned to King's Cross where at test run to Cambridge, with technical staff riding, quickly showed up the defect. These two casualties illustrate the undesirability of returning a locomotive to normal service with no fault found".
18.07.72

1B66 15:33 King's Cross - Cambridge and 1B66 17:35 Cambridge - King's Cross.

1973

05.10.73
1B66 11:30 King's Cross - Cambridge and 1B66 13:30 Cambridge - King's Cross.

1974

02.02.74
Locomotive officially renumbered 55015 w/e 02/02 (carried by 30/01).
27.02.74
24 hour industrial action beginning 06:00 (signalmen strike). Two train operation between Doncaster and Peterborough only, locomotives used: 40057 and 55015. Up trains 2B30 and down 2D30. 55015 worked as follows:
2B30 07:40 Doncaster - Peterborough (31 late).
2D30 10:00 Peterborough - Doncaster (42 late).
2B30 12:40 Doncaster - Peterborough (33 late).
2D30 15:00 Peterborough - Doncaster.
2B30 17:40 Doncaster - Peterborough.
22.09.74
Barrow Hill TMD - open day exhibit.

1975

06.10.75
To Doncaster Works for final Light repair (off 21/10).
The Deltic fleet was currently under review, Heavy General Repairs (HGR) were in progress and five examples (55002, 55013, 55016, 55019 and 55021) would be shopped for this classified repair. It was, however, found that the HGR program would be too costly for a fleet of locomotives with a short expected lifespan and after the overhaul of the first candidate, 55016, each subsequent locomotive had its HGR shortened to include less work. As a result an evaluation process was instigated to determine the length between classified repairs to the class and 55015 was chosen to run without classified repair for a number of years. 55015's next classified repair was 29.01.79 when it was shopped for Intermediate overhaul and a report on the condition of the locomotive can be found with detailed report of work carried out below.

1976
 
1977

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).
23.11.77

1D02 12:20 Kings Cross - Cleethorpes and 1A24 17:37 Cleethorpes - Kings Cross.

1978

04.05.78
3E07 21:37 Bristol - Brian Mills Depot (from/to) (parcels).
10.08.78
1M41 21:50 York - Aberystwyth, to Stockport and 1E24 22:50 Shrewsbury - York, from Stockport.
13.08.78
1G53 09:00 King's Cross - Lincoln, "Merrymaker" (via Peterborough & Sleaford) followed by 1G53 13:26 Lincoln - Skegness, "Merrymaker" and 1G53 17:37 Skegness - King's Cross, "Merrymaker".
03.09.78
1Zxx 09:00 King's Cross - Lowestoft, charter (via Stevenage, Cambridge, Ely & Norwich) followed by 1Zxx Lowestoft - Ipswich (RR) and 1Zxx Ipswich - King's Cross (via Cambridge & Stevenage).

1979

29.02.79
To Doncaster Works for final Intermediate repair (off 05/05).
55015 had been in traffic without a classified works visit since its Light repair during October 1975 - this to evaluate the Deltic repair program and to ascertain whether periods between classified overhauls could be lengthened. The cost for repair was too great and as a result the Deltic life expectancy was shortened. There now follows a report on the condition of the body when it was shopped for repair: 1) Both sides of locomotive batten strips beneath radiator shutter rivets loose and missing - battens coming adrift from bodyside; 2) Radiator grills fractured across corners and centre supports. Also hinges loose on numerous flaps and strained brackets; 3) Excessive lateral movement on all four cab sliding doors; 4) No.2 cab driver's side sliding window cracked; 5) Both cabs either side quarter light windows rubber surrounds and sliding windows cracked; 6) Centre roof section either side of exhaust stacks support members adrift at top; 7) General condition of front cab windscreen surrounds both ends very poor - breaking away with rust; 8) Engine room side windows badly holed and corroded away inside of framework; 9) Extensive corrosion and rust around battery vents and engine air inlet grilles; 10) Rear of sliding cab windows rotting away; 11) Both nose end route indicator mounting surrounds badly holed and corroded away at base; 12) Both nose end hatches to weld as required also calliper pins to renew - badly worn; 13) No.1 nose end exhauster motor inspection hatch surround rusted away; 14) No.1 cab top right hand corner 10" weld fractured through; 15) General condition of paintwork chipped and cracked with numerous dents; 16) No.1 nose end left hand hatch rusting away; 17) No.1 end secondman's side bodywork fractured on weld at rear of sliding window frame; 18) No.2 nose end R/H/S hatch rusting away.
12.05.79
1Z03 Carlisle - King’s Cross, from Newcastle (troop train).
19.06.79
1M73 11:28 Newcastle - Liverpool (first production Deltic to visit Liverpool) and 1E16 17:05 Liverpool - Newcastle.

28.06.79

Three Deltics received plated over destination blinds at Finsbury Park, rather than during intermediate overhaul at Doncaster Works. The first, 55009 "ALYCIDON", underwent this treatment on the 3rd November 1978 one month prior to entering Doncaster for classified repair. The practice of plating over the panels was adopted with 55016 in 1975 during the locomotives Heavy General Repair (HGR) and carried out as and when the locomotives were shopped thereafter. As a cost cutting exercise the treatment was abandoned in 1978 and locomotives were to be so treated only if the glass panels became broken. At this time six locomotives were still equipped with glass panels and destination blinds, although the later had been disused in favour of black blinds with white spots since 1975, those being 55007/8/9/15/20 & 22. Three of these locomotives; 55008 "THE GREEN HOWARDS", 55020 "NIMBUS" and 55022"ROYAL SCOTS GREY" retained the blinds until withdrawal whilst the remaining three; 55007 "PINZA", 55009 "ALYCIDON" and 55015 "TULYAR" all received plated marker panels at their home depot, Finsbury Park, in 1978 and 1979.

The dates (in order) are as follows;

Locomotive:

Date Work Carried Out:

Notes:

55009

03.11.78.

Prior to Intermediate overhaul in December '78.

55007

26.04.79.

Released from Intermediate 11/78.

55015

28.06.79.

Whilst undergoing 'B' exam at FP, released from Intermediate 05/79. first train was 1L44 16:05 King's Cross - York on 29.06.79.

12.07.79
White window surrounds applied at Finsbury Park.

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.

14.07.79
Stratford TMD - open day exhibit.
19.11.79
1A23 08:50 Edinburgh - Aberdeen and 1G65 12:40 Aberdeen - Edinburgh.

1980

08-19.05.80
Finsbury Park TMD for 'B' exam, power unit repairs and repaint for Rainhill celebrations.
21.05.80
1Z80 09:29 York - Bold Colliery (hauling rake of vintage coaches).
24.05.80
Locomotive on display at Rainhill 150 Trials celebrations (hauling 86214 & E26020).
25.05.80
Locomotive on display at Rainhill 150 Trials celebrations (hauling Freightliner rake).
26.05.80
Locomotive on display at Rainhill 150 Trials celebrations (hauling Freightliner rake).
27.05.80
1Z34 17:15 Bold Colliery - York.

1981

02.01.81
1D04 17:05 King's Cross - Hull, "The Hull Executive" (with headboard and wreath - final 'official' loco hauled "The Hull Executive").
17.03.81
On Tuesday 17th March 1981 55015 was affixed with commemorative plaques denoting its part in the 'Rocket 150' cavalcades during May 1980. Two plaques were fitted between the front end marker lights on the nose ends and were oblong in shape and split into two sections. The top section had a black background whilst the lower was red - the inscription was as follows;

ROCKET 150
THIS LOCOMOTIVE RAN IN THE
LIVERPOOL & MANCHESTER RAILWAY
150TH ANNIVERSARY CAVALCADE AT
RAINHILL 24-25-26 MAY 1980

THIS PLAQUE PRESENTED BY
THE DELTIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY

The plaques were unveiled at Finsbury Park TMD by Mr. Neville G. Davies (Divisional Maintenance Engineer, King's Cross) in the presence of Mr. Alan Baker (Manager, Finsbury Park) and Mr. David Carter (Chairman, DPS). As a point of interest the plaques actually saved 55015 from withdrawal in May 1981, the locomotive was more overdue a classified overhaul at Doncaster than 55012 "CREPELLO", which was withdrawn instead.
01.06.81
Locomotive transferred to York (ex Finsbury Park) - locomotive had its white window surrounds painted blue.
16.10.81
White window surrounds re-applied prior to "Wessex Deltic" railtour.
17.10.81
1Z47 09:15 Finsbury Park - Bournemouth, "Wessex Deltic" (via Basingstoke & Eastleigh) and 1Z47 13:10 Bournemouth - Finsbury Park return (via Eastleigh & Portsmouth).
24.10.81
1F50 09:30 York - Aberdeen, "The Deltic Salute" DPS railtour (final DPS railtour) and 1F50 Aberdeen - York return.
25.10.81
White window surrounds painted over blue.
07.11.81
1F51 King's Cross - Edinburgh, "The Deltic Queen of Scots" T&N railtour (via Leeds, Hartlepool & Sunderland).
05.12.81
1Z35 Peterborough - Carlisle, "The Hadrian Flyer" railtour (final Deltic over the S&C) and 1Z35 Carlisle - Peterborough return (via Newcastle).
31.12.81
1A26 15:50 York - King's Cross (final Deltic arrival at KX in normal service). Locomotive ran to Finsbury Park TMD and was prepared for farewell railtour, including re-application of white window surrounds.

1982
02.01.82



0413 - Image:Youngie.

1F50 08:30 King's Cross - Edinburgh "Deltic Scotsman Farewell" railtour. Following removal from the 1F50 "Deltic Scotsman Farewell" at Edinburgh on the 2nd January 1982 55015 ran light to Haymarket for fuel - thus becoming the last Deltic to visit and leave the depot as a British Rail locomotive. 55015 then ran light behind 40024 on the 1E29 17:18 Edinburgh - Newcastle service, which departed Edinburgh over 1 hour late due to the late arrival of the stock on a relief from King's Cross. Attempts had been made at Haymarket to allocate 55015 to 1E29, but to no avail. On arrival at York TMD 55015 was withdrawn.
05.01.82
To Doncaster Works for disposal.
21.01.82
55015 and 55019 were started up at Doncaster Works on the 21st January 1982 to provide ETH on coaching stock as static equipment was out of action.
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

55015 was finally secured for preservation in early 1984.

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