Yesterday I went to buy some models with my friend who likes models even more than I do. On the way back, via Scrubs Lane, as we went past a railway he suddenly shouted, “Matt. It’s a Deltic. It’s a Deltic, Matt! It’s a Delticmatt!” I had a quick look and I was certain it was not a Deltic. We then had a ferocious argument, only very recently settled with evidence to the contrary which I list here, here and here.
There’s a lesson to be learned here, spotters and enthusiasts. Just because a diesel locomotive looks like a Deltic doesn’t mean it is a Deltic. By all means, if you see a class 55 then shout as loud as you can. But just make sure you don’t make the same mistake as my friend. I did once and I’m still paying for it.