Volunteer’s View – October 22nd 2016

Another weekend report from Graham Clarke:

With Tom, Colin, Geoff and Ray later at Barrow Hill on Saturday.  Tom worked on replacing some wires to the no.1 engine start control contactor SCC1.  Both of them on the loco look like they were cut out, probably after withdrawal.  Somebody before the DPS owned ’TULYAR’ has done a decent job of patching up the wiring and replacing the small contactor that operates the main start contactors to crank the engines to start them.  It’s not coming off such a major rebuild like it was….  Tom did well with the fiddly job of removing insulating tape from the looms and picking out the bad cables.

At the other end Colin removed the sound screen from behind the driver’s seat to allow new wiring to go into the light switch panels, which Melvyn is working on from time to time.

Geoff cleaned up some traction motor terminal box conduit fittings and helped Ray sort some jobs out including a new and important Health and Safety Notice Board.

Thank you all for your support.

Volunteer’s View – October 16th 2016

Graham Clarke’s round up from Barrow Hill:

Another busy day at Barrow Hill.  55019 is now back and ready for some fairly extensive maintenance.  In preparation for that Geoff and Steve unbolted the centre roof section, the exhaust silencers from the engines, the small coolant pipes under the silencers and loosened the boiler feet bolts.  The pipes go between the two cooling system header tanks, the expansion tank and filling pump.  The centre roof complete with silencers and the defunct boiler should be lifted out t…his week.

I spent some quality electrician time with Tom who’s learning about the trade.  It’s a case of start at the top left of the schematic wiring diagram and finish at the bottom right checking each circuit in turn to make sure everything is connected or reconnected properly and their is good insulation resistance to the loco frame.  There are also lots of very detailed drawings, lists and records to use to find exactly how and where things should be connected.  We made solid progress, but it is a steady process that will take time and as few distractions as possible over the coming months to complete.  Good planning and skilled volunteers help me a lot.  Thank you to everyone for their valuable time and fruitful efforts.


Epping Ongar final weekend report

Stuart Page writes:
55019′s final running weekend at the Epping Ongar Railway to close the DPS season off was a great success. It started with Driving Experiences during Friday, then a Fish & Chip dinner in the evening through Epping Forest. Saturday continued with working all train services,  followed by a private night photo charter. Mike, Jeff and myself supporting the loco over the two days. Thanks to everyone at the Epping and Ongar Railway for making us so welcomed and being able to hear those Napier’s on 1/56 gradients on part of the London Underground!  RHF is now on its way back to Barrow Hill and will now have a well earned rest and a substantial amount of work carried out over the winter period.
The photo below was taken Saturday early evening and shows RHF in position ready for an EMRPS photo charter that is partly shown in the video HERE.

Epping Ongar events on October 7th & 8th

This coming weekend sees 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in action at the Epping Ongar Railway.

Friday October 7th sees ‘The Deltic Diner’ Fish & Chip special run, leaving North Weald at 18.30. There are still a few seats available on the train, which will cover two round trips with RHF. The price for DPS members and their guests is £25 each (discounted from £30). Bookings can be made by visiting http://eorailway.co.uk/events/dining-trains/ - please use this code DD£5 to claim the discount and bring your membership card with you on the evening. You will need to pay the full fare if you don’t bring your membership card with you on the night.

On Saturday 8th October, 55019 will be in service throughout the day, operating between North Weald and Ongar. Also in action will be 31438 and 37029. A full timetable and loco roster in PDF format can be obtained by clicking HERE.

Volunteer’s View – October 1st

Graham Clarke’s latest report….

Yesterday at Barrow Hill it was Board Meeting and a working party as well.

Plans for our 40th next year, our finances (bogies are expensive), engineering and improving our processes were the main topics.

The site for our new mess cabin was cleared, 55015 had some checks done to identify any potential problems with the negative circuits (before anything’s reconnected) and planning for the new display area was done.

Thanks to Geoff, Colin, Peter, Beth, Nat and my fellow Board Members.

Volunteer’s View – September 24th

A report from Graham Clarke….

We had a very productive day on D9015 at Barrow Hill.  Mike, Geoff and Steve M worked on fitting out no.1 nose end and managed to sort out the moisture drains for the air tanks that mount on the floor.  This was difficult due to the cramped space and clutter of pipe work on the nose compartment floor.

Steve N worked on sorting out the route indicator blinds.  Some of the blinds were fitted, but it turned out the mechanisms were seized up, so these were freed off with WD40.  It needs oiling before final fitting.  The no.1 end has the mechanism missing for selecting which blind turns.  I need to find one, but I ran out of time to finish looking in the stores.

Having reflected on the insulation tests done last week, I was not happy with some of the readings being a bit low.  It would make meeting the overall control system insulation resistance to the loco frame even more difficult to achieve than it is already.  So, Pete and Colin removed, cleaned and varnished the  negative bus bars from each cubicle.  The backs of the panels where they fit were also cleaned and varnished.  The net result is a more than tenfold increase in the insulation resistance.  A much standard and a big help with getting a good end result.

Thanks very much for your help to all those mentioned.

Epping Ongar Railway report

Stuart Page writes:

The three day Gala and four day driver experience events were a huge success with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ performing well over the whole seven day period supported by Jim, Mike, Beth, Jeff and myself over different days.  An amazing line which sits right at the end of the London Underground Central line at Epping with surprisingly steep gradients, the steepest being 1/56.

RHF’s final running days at the Epping & Ongar are Friday evening 7th October on the Fish & Chips Diner and a full day operating service trains on Saturday 8th October.

(Above) Tea break! Having a quick stop for a few minutes after running round its stock between diver experience courses manage after a few unsuccessful attempts picture a Spitfire flying over from the adjacent airfield on Wednesday 21st September

Volunteer’s View – September 17th 2016

It’s been quiet at Barrow Hill today with just new volunteer Peter and I there. Most others were Epping and Ongaring.

One of 15′s traction motor blowers had its terminal box finished properly. I can see why it was mysteriously unfinished! Some of the wires are just too short to go over the terminals with the terminal board in place. They have to go on before it’s screwed in and there are 4 loose metal standoffs that go under the board and through which the fixing screws pass! They had to be glued to the back of the board to stop them falling off, otherwise it was impossible to fit them. Thanks Peter for fixing this.

After lunch we completed connecting up 15′s positive and negative auxiliary power cables and tested them for correct connection and insulation resistance. They passed the tests. The positive cables go from the battery isolating switch (BIS) to one starting contactor at each end the negatives form a ring between the BIS and the two negative bus bars. There is another large negative cable that goes from each negative bus bar to the second start contactor at each end. Another cable then carries on and becomes the main negative connection to each auxiliary generator. Now, both ends of the loco are connected together again and it will allow the many control circuits to be progressively reconnected and tested.

Epping Ongar gala roster

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ left the Great Central Railway for Epping Ongar, where it will star in this weekend’s diesel gala, yesterday. The rostered workings for 55019 on ll three days (Friday September 16th-Sunday September 18th) are as follows:

10.28 Epping Forest-Ongar, 12.15 Ongar-Epping Forest, 13.48 Epping Forest-Ongar, 15.35 Ongar-Epping Forest, 17.15 Ongar-North Weald.

Additional Saturday workings:

18.15 Ongar-Epping Forest, 19.45 Ongar-Epping Forest, 21.15 Ongar-North Weald.

The full timetable for the event, complete with loco allocations, can be downloaded in PDF format form the Epping Ongar Railway website by CLICKING HERE.

GCR report

Graham Clarke writes:

On Saturday, I wasn’t at Barrow Hill, I was with Beth and two Mikes at the Great Central Railway at Loughborough. It was their diesel gala and I was keeping an eye on 55019 whilst it’s running today with Beth. The traction motor blower motor that I repaired is holding up for now. I’ve enjoying the company and seeing a Deltic running for a change and not in a million pieces.


55019 is leaving the GCR for the Epping Ongar Railway today (September 14th).

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