January 9th 2010 saw the East Lancashire Railway hold one of its winter running days which it traditionally does on the second weekend in any new year. If I remember rightly, that years theme was BR Blue.

37418 didn’t really fit the theme, but was included purely due to the fact that 55022 was unable to provide train heat. This is a feature of Deltics when they are working on one engine and at the time, the former D9000 was awaiting a newly overhauled unit.


Heywood as 55022 runs round.


Irwell Vale on the rear of a Rawtenstall departure.


Irwell Vale, but this time with 55022 leading heading for Bury.