Volunteer’s View – May 13th 2017

This weekend’s report from Graham Clarke:

Yesterday at Barrow Hill Were Pete x2, Mick, Geoff, Mike, Stuart, Martin and his daughter, Adrian and Ray later on. Thank you all very much for another very productive day.

19 had no.2 nose end completed, including fitting the fire bottles and completing the compressors. Thanks to Stuart and Mike.

Geoff carried on painting nose doors and other bits and pieces. Thanks Geoff.

Mick and Pete worked on PU 417, which is well on the way to completion. The main generator still needs some attention. It’s really difficult with it installed, so it’s best done now! Thanks both.

Pete carried on with no.1 cab lighting. Which more or less working, although the instrument light fittings have a problem with the bulbs not making contact. I think there are different types and the parts have got mixed up. Martin and his daughter put the blinds in the route indicator box. Thanks.

Ray sorted out and filled up the gas bottle cage. Thanks.

I finished off the replacement of the last spliced wire in no.2 control cubicle.

Railtour Postscript

Many thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday’s ‘Hull & Leeds Executive’ charter with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, operated by our friends at Pathfinder Tours. The tour  provided the first appearance of a Deltic on a rake of blue/grey Mark 2 ‘air cons’ at Kings Cross since 1981, thanks to Riviera Trains who supplied the coaching stock.

There are many videos of the tour online, and links to a few of these can be found below:

OUTWARD – Hull ; Hull (again) ; HatfieldLincolnArlesey ; Finsbury Park

RETURN – Sandy ; St Neots ; PeterboroughPeterborough (again)

Following the tour, D9009 moved to Loram at Derby today for some work prior to its next railtour, which is The Welsh Central Liner on Saturday 17th June – full details can be found by CLICKING HERE. Please note that First Class and First Class Plus seats are sold out, but seats remain in Premier Dining and Standard Class – book soon though to guarantee a seat!


Volunteer’s View – April 30th 2017

Another report from Graham Clarke:

It was another very productive day at Barrow Hill.

55019 had the compressors refitted following nose floor repairs and painting. Thanks to Stuart, Adrian and Steve.

Ray and John dealt with finances and some very important paperwork for Companies House. Thank you very much.

Geoff topcoated 55019′s nose top doors on the inside and primed a main generator air duct. Thanks Geoff.

PU 430 had further work done on injector pockets, including removing and servicing one that did not want to come out for several weeks. The second half of the main generator fan was also removed after a bit of a fight and a soft mallet. Everyone had all their fingers afterwards as a bonus. Thanks Beth and Nigel.

55019′s silencers also received, shall we say a high temperature clean. Thanks Howard and Mya.

On D9015, Pete got the no.1 cab lighting working and I finally got the rewire of the no.2 start control contactor almost completed. I have a 2BA terminal screw missing (people have been saying it for years) otherwise I would have finished the job.

Thanks once again to everyone for your invaluable help.

D9009 move today (May 4th)

In preparation for Saturday’s tour, D9009 will run from York to Burton today, via Moorthorpe, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield and Derby. Booked departure is at 09.10, but please remember moves like this can run early or late!


Volunteer’s View – Saturday April 22nd

Another report from  Graham Clarke:

It was another very productive day at Barrow Hill.

Beth and Nigel made good progress with getting the main generator off 430.  Thanks both.

Geoff did his usual miracles and undercoated 19′s nose top doors, boiler area roof framework and the newly re-skinned underside of the centre roof section.  Thanks Geoff.

Pete carried on with sorting out the no.1 cab lighting on 15 and it should be ready to go next Saturday.  It’s difficult when you don’t have the wiring plans and you have to knife and fork everything with a continuity tester and only a schematic diagram to work from.  For the rest of the loco we have the full information, which makes it easier to some extent.  Thanks Pete.

Mike greased 19′s bogies and checked tightened the traction motor suspension tube cap bolts.   They tend to sometimes work loose.  I examined the traction motors and changed 26 out of 72 worn out carbon brushes.  It just shows how much use the loco’s had.   I’ve never done that many in one go before.  I finished off a hard day’s work examining the bogies.  There are couple of small jobs to sort out when the pit is free again.  Thanks to Barrow Hill for the shunt, Sheaf Engineering for clearing the pit and a greasy Mike for all the help.

Thanks also to Ray for bringing the armature support bracket he’s had made for removing the generator from 430.

I went home happy for doing a good day’s hard work, but I did ache all over and my hands got a few nips from the brush compression fingers.  The come keen when they snap shut on your fingers.

DPS@40 Charter, Saturday 7th October – Booking Form

A booking form for the DPS@40 evening railtour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from the Bluebell Railway to the South Coast on Saturday 7th October is now available for download by CLICKING HERE. Bookings are being dealt with by our friends at Avocet Travel Management, who sponsored the repaint of D9009 last year.

The tour is booked to leave East Grinstead around 17.00, calling at Oxted and East Croydon before going on a circular tour of Hampshire, returning to East Grinstead around 22.30. The train will feature both Standard Class and First Class Dining seats, and the requested routing is as follows:

East Grinstead (pu/sd) – Oxted (pu/sd) – East Croydon (pu/sd) then via Clapham Juntion  - Kew East Junction – Hounslow – Woking – Andover – Laverstock Chord – Romsey – Southampton – Winchester – Hounslow – Clapham Junction – East Croydon (sd) – Oxted (sd) – East Grinstead (sd).

We look forward to seeing many of you on board.

Volunteer’s View – Saturday 8th April 2017

Graham Clarke reports on activities at the depot on April 8th:

Last Saturday was partly a tale of more of the same as last week and I had other business to attend to meaning I was late arriving.

Much work was done on repairing 55019′s corroded centre roof section. This continued on the Sunday too. Thanks to Stuart and our local welding contractor.

Beth, Tom and Nigel carried on with power unit fuel injector pocket refurbishment. And more was done on Sunday as well. Thanks to you all.

Geoff repaired the cab roof lining and lighting fuse box mounting in 15′s no.1 cab and carried on with the nose top doors from 19. Mike carried on tidying Thanks Geoff and Mike.

I managed to connect the wires for the number 2 start control contactor to the terminal blocks and lay the wires into place. I now need to finish the basic looming of the wires, so I can cut the wires to the finished length, terminate and connect up them to the contactor. Hopefully, it will be completed next week along with the no.1 cab lighting

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