These massive locomotives had their heyday on the East Coast Main
Line, prior to the introduction of the Inter-City 125; the fleet of 16
was withdrawn in the 1980s. In 1998 the preserved Deltic D9000 returned
to regular main-line use on Birmingham-Ramsgate services.
Above: The Deltic leaving Oxford heading
south on the little-publicised (except for [rail-gen] users!) 1V96 Birmingham
to Reading & return working, at about 15:20 on Wednesday 18 February
1998. It later returned through Oxford as 1M79 but I hadn't understood
this and was still at work — but no matter, for I was to get a
chance every Saturday for many weeks over the summer to see it call at
Oxford on the Ramsgate workings.
D9000 on one of the earlier "Ramsgate" workings, seen
here in the northbound platform at Oxford at 15:14 on 30 May 1998.