Great Central Railway – DPS Members Day/Fish & Chip Special

The 2018 DPS Members Day with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Great Central Railway will take place on Saturday October 20th, and is being combined with an evening Fish & Chip special which will also feature 55019. During the daytime, DPS members will be able to travel for free on Deltic hauled services only on production of a valid DPS membership card. You will be given a wristband which will also entitle you to a free pint on the Fish & Chip special if you wish to stay and travel on this evening special (note that a separate ticket will need to be purchased for travel on this train – for further details and to book, please visit Spaces are limited).

The Deltic Retro Scot 3 – Saturday 25th August

Retro Railtours advise that seats are still available in all three classes on this circular tour behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Huddersfield to Edinburgh, celebrating the 10th anniversary of this promoter. However, only a handful of seats remain in premier dining, so please book quickly if you would like one (or more) of these. Remember, DPS members can obtain a £5 discount on the advertised fares if booking by post using the form HERE.

For full details regarding this train, please visit Retro Railtours Website.


Spa Valley running weekend – August 11th/12th

We hope that those of you who attended the Spa Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala last weekend (see pic below at Eridge) enjoyed the performances behind 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’. Our visiting Deltic will be in action again this coming weekend, working five round trips between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge (73140 will assist with shunt releases). Day Rover tickets are a bargain at £12.00! For further information, please visit the Spa Valley’s webpage by CLICKING HERE.

If you can’t make the event, why not keep an eye out for 55019 on the Spa Valley’s Railcam as the train passes Groombridge? The link to this cam be found HERE.



Volunteer’s View – July 28th 2018

An update from the Deltic Preservation Depot at Barrow Hill last weekend, by Graham Clarke.

The main job on Saturday was reassembling the axle boxes for 55015’s bogies that were dismantled a little while ago so the axles could be checked for cracks. This is done on a 3-yearly basis. A big thanks to Dave G for driving back up to Barnsley to collect a torque wrench so we could do the axle boxes. Also a welcome to new volunteer Ken Brindley who helped Dave and Mike and enjoyed himself.

The axles are now almost ready for final assembly of the bogies. The rear axle box covers need the nuts torque tightening, but we need to buy a special type of spanner to fit on the 1/2 inch square drive on the torque wrench for this. There is also a little more cleaning of old lubricant from the gear wheels to do, but not very much.

As well as the axle boxes, Geoff completed painting the wheels and cleaned many flies from the noses of D9009. They don’t half stick!

Nat and James continued working on the cab of 55008. I carried on connecting traction motor cables to the reverser. After struggling last we I found that the routing of the cables under the control cubicle was not ideal, so with Geoff’s help the cables were pulled back a rerouted to avoid them crossing over each other and stretching some of the control wiring because of the size of the heavy traction motor cables. Al the big stuff is now on the floor under the cubicle and lying neatly in the clamps where these are fitted for the cables to no.3 traction motor. Unfortunately, I had to shorten 3 cables I had already crimped, involving much hacksawing, grappling with the hydraulic crimper and a sore right shoulder today.

Dave G finished off fitting a replacement horn to D9009 and it now sounds as flat and tuneless as normal. Darrell was also busy sorting sales items.

The next working party is on Thursday.

A big thank you to everyone for their support on Saturday.

GCR Driver Experience Update

There has been a lot of interest in the Great Central Railway Deltic Driver Experience course and the two initial dates (October 15th/16th) are now booked up. Two more dates have been added as a result (Thursday 25th/Friday 26th October) – for full details, please see the GCR website HERE.

GCR Deltic Driving Experience

The Great Central Railway has now announced details of its Deltic Driving Experience using 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, which will take place on Monday 15th/Tuesday 16th October (dates full – additional dates on Oct 25th/26th).Don’t miss this chance to drive a Deltic on the Railway’s double track line. Full details of the special package can be found on the GCR’s website by clicking HERE.

Volunteer’s View – July 14th to 21st

An update from Graham Clarke covering the recent period:

A Deltic progress update from the last two weeks at Barrow Hill.

Two Saturday’s ago work was focused on 55019 and getting it ready to go to the Spa Valley Railway. Stuart was busy on one power unit’s radiator fan gearboxes changing the oil. I found a spare route indicator light switch and replaced a faulty one that would not turn off.

I also removed a bearer pad from under 55008’s cab to act as a sample for 8 new ones to go under 55015. These act as a wearing part between the locomotive body and the bogie bolster that can be easily replaced. The old ones are very thin and need replacing. I’m going to get the metal analysed to find out its grade, so that I can have some replacements made from a pattern. Work carried on cleaning the gear wheels and painting the wheels. Thanks Stuart, Adrian and Steve.

Work also continued on 55008’s cab with Nat, Beth and Nigel working away on interior parts, painting and repairs to the route indicator box. Thanks.

There was a midweek working party on Thursday. An attempt was made to lift the tread plates from the floor of D9009’s engine room floor to allow cleaning and painting. Unfortunately, the screws would not budge. The cleaning and painting of the wheel sets for 55015’s bogies continued. Thanks Darrell, Bob, Martin and Mark.

On Saturday, 55019 had most of an A Exam completed and attention to a couple of damaged and loose brake pull rod safety brackets. These act as secondary retention to stop the pull rods dropping off in the event of them becoming detached from the brake levers. The loco was also partially cleaned. Thanks to Howard, Geoff, Beth and Mike.

D9009 has attention to a defective horn from Dave and Nigel. The parps and other farty noises were hilarious and the cause of much banter and toilet humour! I think the musical career is on hold, but thanks. Dave also struggled with the tread plate screws to no avail.

Work carried on on the cab of 55008 and thanks go to Nat, James and Nigel again.

Geoff carried on painting wheel sets. Hopefully, once Mike has refitted the axle end plates next Saturday and with some final cleaning of the gear wheels, they will be ready for Sheaf Engineering to start final assembly of the bogies!

Darrell worked on sales and I made a start crimping terminals onto 55015’s new traction motor cables. It was hot and very physical work. Both factors won in the end and I’m going to need help next week to reroute some of the cables. They are crossed over each other under the no.1 control cubicle and might be too long. I hope not. It’s difficult to cut them in situ.

Spa Valley timetables released

Timetables for the Spa Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala, which features 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ plus visiting ’25′ D7612 and ‘Clayton’ D8568 as well as home fleet locos, have now been released, and the full Working Timetable can be downloaded from the Spa Valley website by clicking HERE.

Services due to be worked by 55019 during the event are as follows:

FRIDAY 3RD AUGUST: 09.15 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 11.25 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 13.35 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 15.45 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 17.55 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West.

SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST: 09.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 11.25 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 13.35 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 15.45 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 17.55 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 19.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 20.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 21.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West.

SUNDAY 5tH  AUGUST: 12.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 14.15 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 17.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge (‘Loadex’ x 6 locos).

For further information concerning the event (ie fares, advance ticket sales, food/drink availability etc), please visit the Spa Valley Railway’s website by clicking HERE.

UPDATE 23/07: 55019 should be leaving Barrow Hill by road for its journey to the Spa Valley today.

“The Talisman” tour re-dated

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour from King’s Cross to Newcastle and back on July 21, which features D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ as power for the return leg, has been postponed due to impacts caused by the prolonged hot weather and restrictions on operating steam locomotives on the national network. It will now run on Saturday September 15th and D9009 is still booked to haul the tour between Newcastle and London.

As a result of the change of date, some seats are now available on this tour which was previously fully booked. For full details concerning the trip, please CLICK HERE.

55019 to visit Great Central Railway

In joint negotiations the Deltic Preservation Society has reached an agreement for 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ to visit the Great Central Railway for its Autumn Diesel Gala, taking place on September 7th/8th/9th 2018, the DPS Sales team will be there to empty your wallet. The locomotive will then stay on the line until October 31st and may enter the weekend roster pool of locomotives, details to be confirmed.
During the stay the locomotive will take part in 5 booked Footplate Experience Days, dates to be confirmed within the next week. We are looking to maximise on the value for money for our customers and offer a good value package. Please contact the Great Central Railway after July 20th to make your bookings and pay your deposit.
The final operation will be a DPS Members Day(s) on Saturday 20th and/or Sunday 21st October. DPS Members on production of a valid Membership Card will get a wrist band to enable them to travel FREE on the Deltic hauled trains on the day(s) – watch DPS & GCR websites and Deltic Deadline for confirmation on this.
Mike Hallam-Rudd. DPS.
Scott Manley    GCR.

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