55002 The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
entered service with British Rail (BR) in March 1961 and was based at Gateshead depot in the north of England. It was named at a ceremony held at York station during April 1963 and was the first Deltic to be repainted in the BR corporate blue in 1966. It was renumbered from D9002 in December 1973.
In December 1980, following final Intermediate repair, the locomotive was released from Doncaster Works in its original two-tone green livery (albeit with full yellow front ends) pending its future preservation at the National Railway Museum
(NRM) in York as part of the National Collection.
55002 worked its last train on 30th December 1981, hauling the Liverpool-York service. It had been planned to use 55002 on the Deltic Scotsman Farewell
final railtour but it was considered unfit and was substituted by 55015 Tulyar
. Upon arrival at York the locomotive was withdrawn after over 20 years active service and took up a position in the Great Hall at the NRM. Two months later 55002 was exhibited at the Farewell to the Deltics
event at held Doncaster Works after which it ran light engine back to York under its own power.
After an abortive effort in 1999 to return 55002 to the mainline the locomotive was moved to Wabtec at Doncaster with a number of key components missing. The locomotive then found a home at the new depot of the Deltic Preservation Society
(DPS) at Barrow Hill where the locomotive was cosmetically restored to BR corporate blue before returning to the NRM in 2006. Following an appeal in 2009, favourite locomotive 55002 was returned to working order in 2011.
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