Volunteer’s View – November 11th 2017

Graham Clarke was back at Barrow Hill last weekend…

It was back to normal at Barrow Hill after rail tours and meetings in York.

Steve was busy with the mammoth clean of 19’s engine room ready for painting. The power unit team were busy checking fuel systems on spare engine 417 and found a part missing from the fuel rack control links. Without it, there would be no control of the fuel pumps, catastrophic for the engine, if the racks were open. Bob and Ray worked on air tank fittings and non-return valves that weren’t working. They also fixed a new light outside the depot main door. We’ll be able to see once a bulb the right size is procured! I sorted out the logistics of getting a repaired main and auxiliary generator into the depot, as well as working on traction motor cable connections under 15. I need to have this ready for when the new bogies are ready. The axles are at the balancers and will be back soon ready for final assembly! Darrell worked on sales. Thank you to Pete, Steve x 2, Mick, Bob, Darrell and Ray

Seating update – December 30th charter

Further to the update a few days ago, Pathfinder Tours have advised that, as of today, there were only 16 seats remaining in Standard Class on the “Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise” tour to Liverpool with D9009 on December 30th – please book quickly if you want one of these! Seats remain available for any First Class bookings.

“Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise” – selling fast!

Tickets for the ‘Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise’ railtour to Liverpool with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’  are selling quickly, and, as of today, less than one coach of seats remained unsold in standard class. First class has just over a coach left unsold. The train starts at Willington with pick-ups at Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Doncaster, York (where D9009 takes over from the Class 68) and Leeds – see THIS PAGE on Pathfinder Tours’ website for more information.

Remember, DPS members are entitled to a £5 discount on the advertised fares when booking with Pathfinder Tours by phone/post/fax. Please CLICK HERE for full details.

D9009 on 6Z55 today

Following its visit to Knottingley yesterday, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ returned to York this afternoon. The leg from Milford Sidings to Neville Hill saw the loco used by DB Cargo on a freight working, moving 14 empty wagons (with a Class 66 acting as translator for the buckeye couplings) – an amazing sight which drew plenty of attention from photographers and the general public. The pictures below (by Pete Stojanovic and David Russell) show the train waiting to leave Milford Sidings and passing through Castleford.

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Swanage Belle Videos

Following on from last weekend’s successful trip to the Swanage Railway (where the loco is seen below, captured by Nick Prior on the approach to Corfe Castle), a number of videos of the trip have appeared. Please see below for some links to see (and hear) D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ in action on the tour .

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fl6tf9as9k (several locations)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJfKWkZb078 (Kidderminster/Keynsham)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6QeSGeP34A (on the Swanage Railway)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj6t3wihttc (Rowley Regis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXBjeA4MSQo (Totton/Foxhills)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9-mZEsFm-A (Various locations)

D9009 Knottingley visit

Today’s event at Knottingley, organised by DB Cargo to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, proved to be a great success. D9009 ran from York to the event as planned (but slightly later than scheduled), and is seen below at Sherburn in Elmet.

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Tomorrow’s return working takes place in the afternoon and should be worth going out for! If you’re going out for a photo, remember the clocks have changed and it will get dark an hour earlier. Expected timings:

Knottingley-Milford HERE ; Milford-Neville Hill HERE ; Neville Hill-York NRM HERE.

D9009 to attend Knottingley tomorrow

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be a last minute attendee at Knottingley depot, which is opening its doors to the public for a guided tour tomorrow to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The request for the loco to attend came from DB Cargo, and we are pleased to support this charity event. The loco is due to leave York at 09.00 tomorrow morning and make the short journey to the depot – timings are HERE. It will return to York on Sunday (timings TBA). Details concerning the event are at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/db-cargo

D9009 on ‘The Swanage Belle’

With an almost complete rake of blue/grey coaches, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ has been in action today on Pathfinder Tours’ ‘Swanage Belle’ charter from Burton-on-Trent to the south coast.

UPDATE 22/10/17: Timings for today’s move back from Burton to the NRM can be found HERE.

The picture below, by Henry Thomas, shows the loco during the set-down at Cheltenham Spa earlier this evening on the return journey back to Burton.

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The Swanage Belle – Saturday October 21st

Although online advance bookings for this train hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ have now closed, Pathfinder Tours have advised that they still have seats remaining in all classes – anyone wishing to travel who has not already booked should go along to the Buffet coach [labelled D] to buy tickets (cash only). Pick-up and set down points are Burton (04.30/23.15), Birmingham NS (05.15/22.40), Stourbridge Junction (05.40/22.10), Kidderminster (05.55/21.55), Droitwich Spa (06.20/21.40), Worcester SH (06.30/21.20), Cheltenham Spa (07.00/20.30), Stroud (07.20), Cam & Dursley (20.10).

The outward run is via Swindon, Reading avoider and Winchester, returning via Salisbury, Westbury and Bath Spa. For full timings showing the full route, please see the pages on Open Train Times HERE (outward) and HERE (return). We would welcome any pictures for inclusion on the DPS Website, please send these to webmasterATthedps.co.uk .

Volunteer’s View – October 14th 2017

Graham Clarke is back at Barrow Hill…

It was back to normal at Barrow Hill last Saturday after the celebrations last weekend at the fabulous, friendly Bluebell Railway.

55019 got partly cleaned and will be finished over the next week or two. It’s a devil of a job to get off, if you leave it. Thanks to Geoff and Mike.

Nat and her boyfriend carried on refurbishing interior parts for the cab of 55008. They are looking really good. Thanks to both of you.

Pete carried on with rewiring 55015’s cab and exterior lighting. Thanks Pete.

I was a bit delayed and ended up working with our fabricator on new fuel tank connections for 55015. Some have got broken or have disappeared down the years. This went well and we managed to successfully bend some new pipes to the right radius using our hydraulic pipe bender. Bend it a little bit, move it a small amount forwards and bend it again works best. You eventually build up the required radius in small increments. Trying to bend it in one go just buckles the pipe. The first jacking pocket door Steve has sorted out and fitted looks brilliant, especially now it has the catches fitted.

Thanks Ray for preparing to alter our lifting frames tomorrow. This should facilitate easier lifting operations in the future.

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