As British Railways started replacing steam, a new breed of prototype locomotives started to appear on passenger and freight workings in the 1950s and 1960s. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of train formations utilising the new breed from this experimental period in BR’s history.
Above: During the 1950s and early 1960s BR trialled a range of diesel and gas turbine prototypes in its search for the right form of traction. Many have now been produced as ready-to-run locomotives for ‘OO’ gauge including the English Electric prototype Deltic. Completed in 1955, this stylish blue liveried twin engine diesel-electric was like nothing else on the rails at the time and has since been immortalised by Locomotion Models for ‘OO’.