The Spa Valley Railway’s General Manager, Jonnie Wesson, advises that as of yesterday there were just THREE places remaining on the Driver Experience courses with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on August 12th/13th. Please CLICK HERE for more details and to book.
Graham Clarke’s report from last Saturday:
At Barrow Hill were Steve, Beth, Darrell, Nigel, Tom, Pete, Ray and I. Thanks to you all for your support.
Much power unit work was done, including finally working out between us how to change the output shaft seals that are in the phasing gearbox at the point the output shaft leaves the gearbox and becomes the connection to the driven end of the main generator. The generator does not have a back bearing it uses the output shaft bearing that is just behind the seals. This arrangement is known as overhung and it’s quite common on diesel locomotive power units. The difficult part is that the phasing case needs removing from rest of the engine to get the shaft out. It has a gear pressed onto the end of the shaft that is only accessible from the back of the gearbox. The gearbox and main generator will be removed as quickly as possible in the next few weeks, so that samples of the seals can be used to source new ones. I hope they don’t have to be made, but we shall have to see. See the cut away of the shaft assembly. The seals are item 17.
Elsewhere I helped Pete with the layout of the lighting wiring in 15′s no.1 cab. It’s a bit of a puzzle.
Further to the recent announcement regarding 55019′s visit to the Spa Valley Railway in August, details of the line’s Deltic Driver Experience, which takes place on August 12th/13th, have now been released. Full details can be obtained by CLICKING HERE. Please note that spaces are limited, and some slots are already sold – so please book quickly!
DPS members are reminded that the society’s AGM takes place this Saturday (4th March) at the National Railway Museum, agenda as per page 2 of Deltic Deadline issue 235.
After the formal proceedings and lunch break, starting at around 14.00, will be the Lord Nelson Memorial Lecture. This year’s speaker will be Hugh Parkin, former Test Engineer at Doncaster Works.
Graham Clarke writes:
Yesterday at Barrow Hill were: Steve x 3, Pete x 2, Mick, Tom, Beth, Nigel, Mike and I. Thank you very much for your hard work.
To summarise things, the following took place. PU430 is now ready to have the generator removed (there’s a bit of logistics to that with splitting stands). PU417 had work done to remove and refurbish main generator brush boxes. The NRM unit had more stripping done, ready for separating B cyli…nder bank.
Old boilers were liberated and put in a convenient place ready to go to a collector. TULYAR’S old complete and working when removed boiler has been retained. it’s not likely we will put a boiler into any of the locos again, because there is no extra revenue available from doing it and steam pipes will also need replacing, due to corrosion. Also, D9009 has radio equipment in the space now, hopefully D9015 will be the same one day and 55019′s steam pipe will be shot and need changing.
Further wiring work was done on D9015′s no.1 cab lighting, with most of the new wires now pulled in. I completed looming up where wires have been replaced that go from the low air pressure switch (ACG2) to the far side of the no.2 cubicle. You can fit cable ties one handed, but my hands and arms were tired yesterday, so I’m glad it’s done.
More from Graham Clarke at Barrow Hill:
It was a productive day last Saturday at Barrow Hill. 55019 had it’s no.1 end traction motor blower air intake grills removed and further cleaning and rubbing down of paint work at the other end. The grills from no. 1 end and the surrounding body work are in much better condition than the other ends were and only a small amount of welding is needed in the corners of the body side apertures. It’s well worth catching it now, before it gets worse. The grills will also look better for being stripped and repainted. Thanks to Stuart, Adrian and Tom.
Geoff continued working his magic on 55019′s nose too doors. They will need welding in the corners, because corrosion has pushed up the corners and that lets the weather in, leading to corrosion in the nose end. This is a particular problem at no.2 end, because it does not get coated in a film of oil like no.1 end does. The vacuum exhausters for the vacuum brakes tend to give off an oil mist that stops the worst of any corrosion at that end.
I had a bit of a tedious morning with Ray sorting out and starting the forklift, although we now have a decent battery charger for it. And I patched up a Dewalt drill, a professional tool that you can’t easily replace the motor brushes on. How ridiculous is that?
I did manage to replace a P24 wire on 15 that had been extended with a crimped joint on the S4 starting contactor interlocks, remove some redundant wires and loom most of the wiring around the train heating (ETS) contactors that I had to take to pieces over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully, I won’t get side tracked so much next Saturday.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered last Saturday.
Pathfinder Tours advise that Standard, First and First Plus seats are all fully booked on ‘The Hull & Leeds Executive’ with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on Saturday May 6th. A handful of seats remain available in Premier Dining. Please note that due to operating constraints the tour will no longer pick up or set down at Sheffield. Full details regarding the trip can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Seats are still available on ‘The Welsh Central Liner’ from Burton and the Midlands to the Central Wales line and Shrewsbury on Saturday June 17th. Please CLICK HERE for more information.
Another update from Graham Clarke on what’s been going on at the DPS depot:
It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill last Saturday. There were 13 signatures on the signing on sheet.
Thanks to Pete, Steve x3, Mick x2, Martin, Jonathan, Beth, Nigel, Tom and Ray. Thanks to you all for your support!and hard work.
55019 had paintwork rubbed down and cleaning in no.2 nose end.
The NRM’s spare marine engine had its phasing gearbox removed (it connects the 3 crankshafts together) and more stripping done to allow the removal of B cylinder block, hopefully to go into the damaged power unit in D9002.
Injector pockets were removed from the DPS’ spare power unit 430 for cleaning and seal replacement. This is a tricky job, but essential before the unit can be used again after 30 years. Ray and I worked out how to take the main output shaft out of 451 to replace the oil seals that failed and led to the early failure of the main generator due to oil ingress and insulation failure. 417 had a start made on brush gear refurbishment.
I managed to run in new wires from a train heating and starting contactor to the low air pressure protection switch in 15′s no.2 control cubicle. There are a number of wires to change next weekend that go to the start control contactor and pressure switch, but these only go a short distance to terminal strips on the cubicle walls. Hopefully, I can have it finished by next Saturday evening.
Sheaf Engineering has also prepared the refurbished axle boxes, bearings and covers ready to go to the South Devon Railway for fitting to the re-tyred wheelsets. We’re getting nearer to a fully refurbished set of bogies now!
D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is today going to Leicester with the NRM’s D9002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’ to collect D6700 which has undergone repairs at UKRL’s depot there. D9002 is providing the main power for the move, times can be found at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R73416/2017/02/09/advanced