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50th Anniversary of the Class 55 'Deltics' Locomotive
11th January 1961. The first Deltic locomotives roll out of Vulcan Foundry Works. They were to dominate the express passenger services for over a decade. 50 years on, this splendid cover pays homage to a piece of British engineering history:
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As always, the gold on this cover is gold-blocked and the real thing is shiny and looks terrific. The pictures on our website can never do the covers justice!
Buckingham Railway Series 2
Interest in our railway covers is building all the time. After our hugely successful first cover series, we launched Buckingham Railway Covers, Series 2 in January 2011. This is only the 2nd cover in our new series so you can be in at the very start!
Many of our railway covers in series 1 (launched in 2003) are now totally sold out and have gone up in value.
The Deltic Preservation Society
We are proud to have produced this superb cover with the UK's largest diesel locomotive preservation group, the Deltic Preservation Society.
The Deltic Preservation Society owns 3 of the 6 surviving Deltics, restores and maintains these feats of British engineering, and makes appearances all over the country hauling trains on a variety of private lines.
Class 55 'Deltics' Locomotives: a quick history
The British Rail Class 55 locomotive was one of the greatest pieces of British engineering, combining elegant styling with ground breaking technology. Painted in the dark British Rail green on top with a strip of lighter lime green along the bottom, the dominated the express passenger services for over 10 years.
At the heart of the locomotive is the Napier Deltic Engine, which was originally commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1944.
The English Electric Company bought Napier, and wanted to use the company's Deltic engine to power a railway locomotive, leading to the production of the DP1 prototype in 1955. Originally modelled on a large American locomotive, its sleek high lines and set back cab made the DP1 an elegant and impressive machine.
One of the most distinguishable features of the Deltic was its sound - at high speeds the drone of the engine led to it being nicknamed Lancaster Bombers. British Rail ordered 22 further units, which served along the East Coast Mainline from London to Edinburgh. Sadly, their reign ended in the 1970s when HSTs were introduced on the same line. British Rail moved the Deltics onto secondary services, but deemed them ultimately to expensive to maintain. The Deltic were withdrawn towards the end of the 1970s, with the last serving in 1981. However, due to its unique engineering and sleek style, the locomotive has built up a large following, and six of the original 22 have found their way into the hands of museums and enthusiasts.
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Quick Facts: 50th Anniversary Class 55 is a Commemorative Cover Issue date : 11th January 2011
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