D9016 'Gordon Highlander', has had an uncertain future since its British Rail career ended in December 1981. The loco was originally bought from BR as a source of spares for 'Royal Scots Grey' by the D9000 Fund which later became Deltic 9000 Locomotives Ltd; however the loco was returned to use and appeared at various railways and events. Following an extensive overhaul, the loco saw a period back on the mainline in the infamous 'Porterbrook Purple' livery, before being restored to Two Tone Green at Toton prior to the demise of DNLL. Porterbrook sold the loco and another period of inactivity followed, being stored at Tyseley and Barrow Hill during which time a sale to Direct Rail Services was announced. After a further year out of use, D9016 was purchased by Beaver Sports, the proud owners of 55 022 'Royal Scots Grey', with which 'Gordon Highlander' has had a close connection for 54 Years.
We believe that with our vast experience gained in operating 55 022 throughout the UK over the last 9 years, we are well placed to continue our success in providing entertainment to the many thousands of Deltic fans by restoring D9016 to the same high standards and helping keep the sight and sound of the Deltic locomotives alive at preserved railways throughout the UK.
D9016 was initially purchased as a source of spare parts for 55 022, with a vow that we would operate
the loco whenever circumstances allowed. We started the process by returning the long term
defective power unit to operation and our small volunteer team have done amazing work over the last 6
years by ensuring 'Gordon Highlander' has been kept active for many to savour the sight and sound of
the loco in action, however the bodywork is now in desperate need of renovation due to years of sitting
outside in the elements. This will only be possible with your help and valued assistance, please help
'Gordon' to return to service looking magnificent again soon by making a donation or standing order,
contact us for details on 01484 512354 or by making a donation.