20 years ago today…

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the return to the main line of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, when both Deltics worked from King’s Cross to York and back on what became known as ‘Deltic Saturday’ – a very memorable day for everyone involved and on board the trains!

Unfortunately, with D9009 currently out of service and in need of repairs, plans for ‘ALYCIDON’ to re-visit King’s Cross earlier this month had to be put on hold until the loco has returned to service. Well wishers who want to see this Deltic back on the main line are invited to make a donation using the link button to the right or by CLICKING HERE. Many thanks in advance for your support.

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Above photos: D9009 and 55019 on May 22nd 1999 at King’s Cross and York respectively. (Clive Elverstone & David Russell)

Volunteer’s View – May 11th/12th & 18th/19th

Graham Clarke writes:

The frenetic pace of the previous few weeks has passed now that 55019 has gone on its summer travels.

Over the last couple of weeks, forklift training has been refreshed (thanks to Dave for organising it) and Geoff and I were working on one of the sound deadening panels from 55015’s no.2 cab last Saturday.

I would also like to highlight the very successful diesel gala at the Severn Valley Railway last weekend. A really big thank you to the organisers for inviting the DPS to the event and to our team on the loco, sales stand and on the trains.

Dates for NVR Driver Experience Courses

The dates for the Driver Experience Courses at the Nene Valley Railway featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ have now been announced and will take place as follows:

Thursday 4th September, Friday 5th September, Thursday 19th September, Friday 20th September.

For more details, and to book online, please visit the NVR’s website by CLICKING HERE.

In addition, we are pleased to advise that the Nene Valley Railway will be running “The Royal Highlander” evening Fish & Chip special on Friday 11th October using 55019. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

55019 to visit Nene Valley Railway

We are pleased to advise that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the Nene Valley Railway later in the year. Please see the following announcement from the NVR:

We are pleased to announce that 55019 will be a star attraction at our October Diesel Gala on 11th, 12th & 13th October. The locomotive will arrive at Wansford during late August and undertake our popular Driving Experience courses before passenger hauling at the Diesel Gala. 55019 may well also appear at other events on the NVR. 55019 attends the NVR with kind permission of the Deltic Preservation Society. Dates for our Driving courses will be released very soon, keep and eye on our web pages and social media feeds for all information. www.nvr.org.uk & www.thedps.co.uk

55019 in action at the SVR

55019 arrived safely at the SVR on Monday evening ready for three weeks of events including mid week service train, driver experiences and gala. Wednesday was the first working of two experience trains. Next weekend Thursday to Saturday Diesel Gala (plus running day on Wednesday) would be a good opportunity to see the only operational Deltic locomotive in the world!

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55019 at Arley on the first day of the Driver Footplate Experience. (Stuart Page)

North Norfolk Railway visit

Further to last week’s posting regarding the possible visit of 55019 to the NNR, please see the statement below from the North Norfolk Railway:

“Following the unfortunate incident leading to the withdrawal of Deltic 55009 from our 2019 Mixed Traction Gala plans, the Deltic Preservation Society were able to offer us Deltic 55019 as a substitute locomotive, however, unlike 55009, 55019 is not currently fitted with the necessary equipment to bring itself to us via Network Rail, and as a result would have needed two chaperone locomotives to top and tail the locomotive to and from us due to a lack of run round facilities at Cromer. Unfortunately, the additional costs associated with additional locomotives, has meant that unfortunately, we were not able to take up the kind offer of 55019. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the DPS, and look forward to a Deltic visiting in future.”

Volunteers View – May 4th 2019

Graham Clarke writes:

A short update from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill.

Winter maintenance was completed on 55019 on Saturday. A few last minute jobs, including greasing fan drives, tidying up after the mammoth cab repaint and cleaning main generators of oil contamination were done yesterday. Some work was also done on the cab of 55008 and John tidied up the safety barrier and finances.

Thanks to Geoff, Beth, Nigel, Stuart, Mike and John for yesterday’s efforts.

I would also like to say a further thank you to everyone who has come along and supported the DPS at Barrow Hill over the winter, during the recent Easter working week and during the midweek working parties. It all makes what we love possible and it would not happen without your support.

55019 departed for the Severn Valley on May 6th and has now arrived at Kidderminster.

55019 moving to SVR tomorrow

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is due to leave Barrow Hill for the Severn Valley Railway at 17.00 tomorrow (Monday 6th May). The move is booked to run first to Butterley before continuing to Kidderminster, arriving around 23.00. Planned timings for the moves can be following links:

Barrow Hill-Butterley ; Butterley-Severn Valley

As well as the gala on May 16th-18th and footplate experience trips on various dates, 55019 will be operating the SVR diesel diagram on Wednesday 15th May (11.20/15.20 from Kidderminster and 13.10/17.10 from Bridgnorth).

Below, 55019 at Barrow Hill on May 4th, ready for departure (Photo: Stuart Page)

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North Norfolk Railway update

As most if not all will be aware, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is currently out of traffic and will therefore be unable to appear at the North Norfolk Railway’s gala on June 14th-16th as originally planned. We are currently investigating a number of options regarding the possible attendance of 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the event, if the loco can be moved affordably. Watch this space for more information in the next few days.

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