D5901 1961-07-12 Cambridge
Coming in from the north with passengers aboard - why? I thought they used them on the Kings Cross services. Tony Roberts adds 'Possibly adding to the confusion, however, I remember one of the 'Baby' Deltics arriving at Doncaster Carr Loco, I even boarded one to take a look in the engine room (me being a nosy Fitter at the time). I've no recollection of the reason for its being there, possibly ex Plant Works for power unit attention(?) though I'm not sure that they were doing that in 1961. A leg out of bed was a problem with the p/unit at that time though. If the above was the case though, I would have thought that the loco would have worked home light and not with fare paying passengers - too much of a risk for a failure on lineDarren Kitson answers the question The puzzle is easy to solve. The train is a Cambridge Buffet Express during the period the 15:05 ex King's Cross was extended to Ely. The train arrived Ely 16:56 and departed Ely at 17:30, Cambridge 17:57 and arrived King's Cross 19:26. It was a regular Baby Deltic working. In the days of disc or lamp headcodes, the CBE carried Express headcode - even though it was just an outer suburban train which happened to have a buffet car. In the background an Eastern Counties bus crosses Mill Road bridge; it will be either a 102, 131 or 133 service. -Cheers Darren!