Deltic 1956 near Lichfield
The English Electric 3,300 hp prototype Deltic in 1956 on the northern outskirts of Lichfield passing MP 117 at Netherstowe Lane watched by a group of spotters who were no doubt intrigued by the stunning pale blue diesel. Deltic ran on the West Coast mainline from late 1955 until the end of 1958, usually working a regular Euston-Liverpool diagram. In June 1957 its schedule was changed to include an additional round trip between London and Crewe daily, in order to show that English Electric's claims for the intensive running made possible through its low maintenance requirements were valid. Deltic's day began with the 12.37am from Crewe to Euston, followed by the 7.55am from Euston to Liverpool, the 2.10pm back to London and ending with the 7.20pm to Crewe. This produced a total daily mileage of 703 which the locomotive worked for six days each week. in January 1959 it left the London Midland when the Eastern Region finally got its hands on the prototype of the fleet which they had ordered nearly a year before.