Diesel engine takes to tracks again to celebrate half a century

Peter Kennan, director of the Deltic Preservation society in the cab of  'Alycidon' the historic 3300horse power Deltic Diesel locomotive celebrating it's 50th Birthday  with a party at the Deltic depot at Barrow Hill near Chesterfield'       See Story Martin Slack Picture Chris Lawton'19 July  2011
Peter Kennan, director of the Deltic Preservation society in the cab of 'Alycidon' the historic 3300horse power Deltic Diesel locomotive celebrating it's 50th Birthday with a party at the Deltic depot at Barrow Hill near Chesterfield' See Story Martin Slack Picture Chris Lawton'19 July 2011

HAPPY birthday to choo!

This historic locomotive, which first took to the tracks in 1961, will be carrying passengers once more when it celebrates it’s 50th birthday in Chesterfield today.

The Alycidon, a Deltic Diesel, was built to replace steam engines such as the Mallard and Flying Scotsman on the East Coast Line. It remained in service for two decades and is currently on display at Barrow Hill Roundhouse in Staveley.

Peter Kenna, director of Barrow Hill’s Deltic Preservation Society, will be there giving talks about the Alycidon, which was named after the winner of the 1949 St Leger race in Doncaster. Peter, from Chesterfield, said: “There are plenty of things to do with train rides and tours of the Deltic museum available.

“We have tried to ensure that even non-enthusiasts will enjoy the visit and learn a bit more about railway history.”

The Roundhouse is open from 10am this morning . Entry is free but train rides will cost £5 and £2 for children.