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Volunteer’s View – 2nd December 2017

Graham Clarke’s latest update…

Last Saturday at Barrow Hill Bob and Martin carried on fitting air tanks in both nose ends. The reservoirs that go under the traction motor blowers are nearly done, they just need the drain pipes making up. I need to silver solder some end fittings on the one for no.2 end.

Mike carried on fitting remanufactured fuel tank connections and Geoff cleaned 19.

I had a short day, due to plumbing problems at home, but I sorted out that I need different flexible conduit for the traction motor cables on the outer axles. The Adaptaflex I have in stock won’t bend tightly enough to fit. I’ve now bought the modern equivalent of the original conduit.

An overhauled main and auxiliary generator arrived back from Sulzer last Friday. Thanks to Ray, Sulzer, Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Sheaf Engineering for helping to make this happen. A spare traction motor and a second auxiliary generator went away for repair as well.

Many thanks to everyone for this week’s sterling efforts.

Festive social at Doncaster – December 2nd

It’s that time of year again – DPS member John Herbert has organised a get-together for Deltic followers over a drink or two at the Corner Pin pub in Doncaster (around 5 mins walk from the station), which will take place this coming Saturday (December 2nd) from 17.00 onwards. Snacks (cheese, crackers, pork pies etc, and battenberg of course) will be available.

Volunteer’s View – November 18th 2017

Graham Clarke’s latest report….

It was a useful day at Barrow Hill yesterday.

Ray and Geoff steam cleaned and painted the roof of our mess cabin with special paint.

Pete carried on with 15’s cab lighting rewiring.

Steve our fabricator carried on with fitting jacket pocket doors, but had a few problems with countersunk rivets. It might be screws and locknuts now.

I made a cutting jig for 40mm flexible conduit. I managed to make a prototype for one of the conduits from the underside of nose floor to no.6 traction motor connection box. I’m going to need help to fit, due to the weight and stiffness of the cable. No amount of swearing helped, although I did manage to connect one of the adaptors, but not the one I wanted. Hopefully, I’ll be in full production next week. I also now have the right solder for the cable ends.

Thank you to everyone for their help and your interest in what’s happening in the DPS Deltic Depot.

55019 to visit Severn Valley in 2018

Following on from its popular visits in previous years, we are pleased to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway again in May 2018. As well as appearing at the Diesel Gala (on May 17-19), it will also be used on Footplate Experiences on May 14/15/22, more details of which can be found on the SVR’s website by CLICKING HERE.

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.

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