Volunteer’s View – April 14th 2018

A major event at the DPS depot last weekend, as reported by Graham Clarke:

The refitting of 55019’s repaired and modified silencers concluded successfully on Saturday evening. Stuart, Adrian and Chris finished off connecting up to the silencers, fuel systems were primed, oil and coolant topped up. At around 17:00 the loco was filled with air to operate the brakes, started and driven outside. Once outside, the first engine was checked over, then the second was started for the first time in 18 months. All went well, with a few fuel leaks to attend to, some exhaust system lagging still to fit and an under performing compressor to look at over the next couple of weeks. If time allows, 19 will also get brand new auxiliary voltage regulators. Than you all very much, including the midweek team, as reported earlier this week.

Elsewhere at the depot, Nat and Neil continued work on restoring the interior of D9008. Thank you.

Pete continued rewiring 15’s no.2 end cab lights. This job is now nearing completion. Thanks Pete.

I stripped out the terminal board from 15’s no.1 traction motor terminal box. It failed high voltage testing last week. I’ve cleaned it and varnished it on one side. I’ll do the side next time.

D9009 return from ELR to Barrow Hill

Following a great weekend at the East Lancashire Railway, where ‘ALYCIDON’ worked alongside five Class 40s at the ’40s@60′ event, D9009 is due to depart with the convoy back to York and the Barrow Hill tomorrow (April 17th). Departure is scheduled for lunchtime and the timing schedule can be found HERE and HERE.

The picture below, courtesy of Richard Hargreaves, shows D9009 at Bury during the event, alongside D213 ‘ANDANIA’ and pioneer D200.


Volunteer’s View – April 7th & 12th 2018

Two reports from Graham Clarke this time, covering the Saturday plus events from a few days later:

April 7th at Barrow Hill was a long one. Darrell, Beth, Mike, Stuart and Adrian worked hard on lagging silencers and fitting them to no.19’s centre roof section. The final bolting up of the new joint between the silencers and roof eventually finished at 20:30. Thanks to you all. The roof is going back on on Thursday and the roof and flexible bellows pipes from the power unit will be bolted up on Saturday. Hopefully, that will all culminate in a run up of both units in the afternoon. Thanks to you all for a job well done.

Thanks also to Sheaf Engineering for welding shortening bars to the exhaust bellows. You can’t get them in without it. They stretch out and won’t fit in the gap.

Pete carried on finishing off the cab lighting rewiring on 15. Thanks.

Nat+1 and Beth worked on bits for the cab of D9008 and the new display area. Thank you.

I continuity tested the new traction motor cables and identified them. I then insulation tested them at a 1000V. It looks like no.1 motor terminal box is in need of some insulation attention, it isn’t up to the standard I want.

And this from April 12th:

I’m pleased to report that 55019’s boiler compartment roof and the silencers were successful lifted back into place today and the was roof bolted down.

Thanks very much to Harry Needle Railroad Company and their staff for doing the lifting safely. Thanks also to Geoff, Darrell, Bob, Martin and Mark for their help today.

Further cleaning and painting was also done on the wheelsets.

“Deltic Retro Scot III” – DPS Members Priority Booking

Retro Railtours will shortly be opening bookings for its 10th Anniversary Railtour, “The Deltic Retro Scot III” on Saturday 25th August, which will take D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on a circular outing from Huddersfield/Marsden/Stalybridge/Manchester/Wigan/Preston to Edinburgh, out via the WCML and back to York via the ECML (then Class 67 hauled York-Preston in the evening). We are pleased to advise that the tour is now open for DPS member bookings by post/cheque – there is a £5 discount available on the advertised fares for members booking via this method (ie discounted to £84 Standard, £124 First, £210 Premier dining). Please note one discounted ticket per member only, and remember to include names/membership nos. on the booking form – non-members can be included in your booking, but they must pay the full fare. Retro Railtours will do its best to accommodate DPS members in the front coaches, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For a flyer with further details and a booking form, please CLICK HERE.

D9009 hauls ELR Class 40 convoy

In preparation for this weekend’s forthcoming ’40s@60′ event, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ took three Class 40s (D200, D213 ‘ANDANIA’ and 40012 ‘AUREOL’ to the East Lancashire Railway today, plus 47765 from Ruddington. In the picture below, the convoy is seen at Colton South Junction after collecting the locos from the GCR(N), Barrow Hill and the National Railway Museum.

D9009, along with 50015 ‘VALIANT’, will be providing a supporting ‘EE’ role alongside the five operational Class 40s at the ELR  this weekend (D200 will be appearing in a static capacity). Full details regarding the event, with a timetable/loco roster, can be found HERE . Do join us and everyone else involved for what should be a fantastic weekend!


New tour with D9009 – “The Auld Reekie”

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has announced details of another tour on the ECML featuring both ‘TORNADO’ and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. “The Auld Reekie” is scheduled to run from stations in Yorkshire (Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds and York) to Edinburgh on Sunday 7th October, with D9009 hauling the southbound leg of the train. Full details regarding the trip can be found on the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s website by CLICKING HERE.

D9009 move Burton to ELR – April 9th 2018

Following work on its air tanks, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be leaving Burton tomorrow morning (April 9th), collecting several locos on its journey to the East Lancashire Railway in readiness for next weekend’s “40s@60″ event, celebrating 60 years of the EE Class 40s.

D9009 will first run to the GCR(N) at Ruddington to collect a Class 47 which is moving to the ELR, then pay a brief visit to Barrow Hill where 40012 ‘AUREOL’ and D213 ‘ANDANIA’ will be added to the convoy. Then its up to York to collect D200 before heading to Bury where the locos should arrive just before 20.00.

Booked timings for the movements can be found at these links: Burton to GCR(N) ; GCR(N) to Barrow Hill ; Barrow Hill to York NRM ; York NRM to ELR. Obviously, the moves tomorrow are quite complex, and there is the possibility they could run early or late. The links to the Open Train Times site above should provide ‘live’ train information on progress on the day.

Volunteer’s View – 31st March 2018

Graham Clarke reports on activities which took place last weekend:

Last Saturday at Barrow Hill cleaning and painting wheels carried on. Thanks to Geoff and Steve.

Power Unit 451 had the main output shaft stripped out. Dave having adapted a puller to remove the gear from end of the output shaft. This then allowed the generator flange to be pulled out of the phasing gearbox and the seal housing removed. We are now investigating new seals and the condition of the shaft the seals run on. The shaft is worn to a degree and may need machining to give a suitable sealing surface. Modern technology will also be investigated, because sealing technology has move on a lot since the seals were fitted in the 1970s. Leaks are common with the existing seal design and it causes oil to get into the main generator, which is very bad for the insulation. Steve removed the hoses inside the triangle for replacement that can’t be accessed unless the phasing gearbox or scavenge blower is removed. Thanks Dave, Pete, Mick and Steve.

Mike and Stuart carried on preparing 19 to receive newly lagged silencers. The bellows that connect the exhaust collector drum to the silencer were compressed ready to have bars tack welded on the outside to make them a loose fit when the silencers and roof are in place. It’s nearly impossible to fit them otherwise. One of the bellows also had the build up of oil and carbon removed by burning it out. It’s the only way that works. Thanks to Mike for the photo and to both him and Stuart for their help.

I completed the cable clamps for the flexible conduits that go to no.6 traction motor terminal box. This means all of the electrical work underneath no.15 is now completed ready for bogie fitting. There are a few mechanical jobs to do as described last week. Before the bogies can go under the loco when they are completed.

55019 to visit West Somerset Railway

Another gala appearance for 55019′ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’! Following the successful visit of another East Cast Main Line stalwart, 60103 ‘FLYING SCOTSMAN’ in 2017, it is the turn of an ECML diesel to appear at the West Somerset Railway. 55019 will be taking part in the line’s diesel gala, which has a theme ‘Vintage Diesels to the Seaside’ on June 8th-10th. Deltics could, of course, be seen powering along the coastal sections between Newcastle and Edinburgh, and also ventured to Scarborough and Cleethorpes.

Volunteer’s View- March 24th 2018

Another digest of happenings at Barrow Hill from Graham Clarke:

On March 24th at Barrow Hill, the overhauled wheelsets continued to be cleaned and primed. They still need the axles and wheels crack testing and I’m working on a supplier as our usual man has retired. Thanks to Geoff and Bob.

Stuart and Adrian (Adrian also helped me) worked on preparing 19’s centre roof panel. They cleaned it and carried out a bit of edge straightening ready to take new high temperature sealant and the silencers with revised lagging. Thanks.

Pete carried on finishing the no.2 end lighting wiring on 15.

With Adrian’s help, the flexible conduits were fitted properly to the no.1 end traction motor cables on 55015. With much cutting and filing, I made and fitted the clamps and clamping plates to no.1 end. That means that end is now fully completed. The other end should take less than an hour next Saturday. Thanks Adrian and to Geoff for making the new hardwood clamps.

All that’s now left to do underneath is get the coupling hooks refitted when they have been crack tested at a time the guy is on site for other work, repair two damaged limit stops and replace the manganese bearer pads when the loco is lifted.

Thanks one and all. I was well pleased with the progress made last Saturday

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