Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
'Deltics & HSTs BR'
The Class 55 Deltic in British Rail days
Class 55 Deltic on a up London train at Abbots Ripton
The Class 55 or Deltic was the top locomotive along the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between the end of steam and the coming of the High Speed Train (HST) taking over from the A4s and A3s on top trains.
Deltic class 55007 on a up London train at Abbots Ripton
Note ther are four tracks on the photos on this page at Abbots Ripton
Deltic on a down train at Abbots Ripton.
Note the track on the up slow (left) with a kink, were the signal box was.
The foot bridge has also been removed.
This track was removed when the wires went up. This up slow is now going to be put back by Network Rail.
Till the HSTs took over the top link services the Class 55 Deltics were used on the main fast sevices between London Kings Cross and Scotland. The lack of trees on these shots and overhead wires and posts, made taking photos a lot more easy.
The Class 47
Class 47 on a up London train at Abbots Ripton.
The smoke is from a field of weat being burnt after it was harvested by a farmer. This burning has now been stopped.
Class 47 on an up parcels train. Most mail and newspapers went by rail at this time.
High Speed Train (HST) at Abbots Ripton
HST 254003 on a up London train at Abbots Ripton
HST on a up London train at Abbots Ripton
HST at Abbots Ripton
HST on a London train at Abbots Ripton with workman all over the four the tracks.
Abbots Ripton is a small village between Huntingdon and Peterborough. It had a station but this like most of the small stations on the ECML this was later closed.
Abbotts Ripton is better known for the wrong reasons because of the rail disaster here when a signal froze in the clear position on the 28th January 1876 which let an express passenger run into the rear of a coal train.
Today there are only three tracks here, the Up fast Down fast and Down slow.
There are now plans in place to put back Up slow
Abbots Ripton Pages
Page updated 3/11/2018
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