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Volunteer’s View – January 12th 2019

Graham Clarke’s second report of 2019…

An update from the Deltic Preservation Society Depot at Barrow Hill.

It was a very productive day. I was very grateful to see such a good turn out. A lot was achieved as a result on many fronts and not just engineering.

The cab of 55008 continues to receive a cosmetic restoration and is in the Depot finally after 34 years, including a long period on it’s trailer and 15 years since we opened the Depot.

55019 was having its no.1 cab prepared for painting, further work done on the C Exam and a replacement for the broken governor regulator air pipe made and fitted. This was tested later and everything appears to be working correctly. In addition, tail lights were being cleaned of years of overpainting and some rust, ready for a fresh coat of new paint. And lastly the engine room door frames and catches have been repaired. One was missing.

Power Unit 451 has had the stripped temperature probe pocket thread repaired by fitting an oversize sleeve to return the thread to standard size. In turn this allowed the exhaust manifold removed for access to go back on.

A number of other painting and tidying jobs were done by the younger volunteers especially.

As I said, it’s not just about engineering at the Depot. Sales stock was dealt with and various financial transactions were processed.

Finally, over on 55015, work was continuing on the rebuild of the coolant expansion tank and pipe work. Including eventually finding the missing banjo connections for the water level sight glass and a blanking plate. I also straightened the cable I soldered last week that ended up crooked. I essentially melted the whole thing so I could straighten the cable and re-soldered the terminal back on. Even leather gauntlets will only keep over 200C at bay for so long, so you have to work quickly a bit at a time. The cables now straight, I’m satisfied with it and I have no burns!

It was a really good day and I would like to thank: Geoff, Neil, Nat, Beth, Nigel, Steve, Mick, Pete, Son Alex, Harry, His Mate, John, Tom, Dave, Darrell, Mike, Stuart, Wizz, Chris and I there too. And yes that’s 20 people.

New tours featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’

Pathfinder Tours has now announced details of two exciting new trains which are booked to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. The first, “The Harrogate & Humber Deltic Reprise”, takes place on Saturday May 11th and will see D9009 re-visit some traditional Deltic haunts. Starting at Willington and heading to York, it will traverse in the Harrogate circle before heading for King’s Cross and, after a break, returning north to Cleethorpes. More information on this trip can be found HERE.

The following month, on Saturday June 29th, D9009 will be heading off route onto former Great Western Railway territory when it hauls the annual ‘Mazey Day Cornishman’ excursion. The train starts at Tame Bridge Parkway and has various pick-ups between Birmingham and Bristol. For full details, please click HERE.

Volunteer’s View – January 5th 2019

Graham Clarke writes…

Happy New Year from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill.

The previous Saturday, just before New Year, saw Whiz, Stuart, Darrell and I. Darrell was busy with sales, Whiz was preparing a scabby tail light on 55019 for repainting, Stuart and I were looking at the ongoing fault that 19 occasionally has where it takes power, but the engine does not rev up, meaning you don’t get enough power to move a train. We found a broken air pipe in the pneumatic control system that increases the engine speed and power output when you move the power controller handle away from the off position. You would not hear air escaping with the loco running. It was on an external air supply, so we could hear the air escaping.

Last Saturday was quite busy, with Nat, Beth, Nigel, Geoff, Steve, Chris, Howard, Mia and I present. John was also there in the morning dealing with financial matters and I countersigned some cheques for him.

Apart from Geoff, Chris, Steve and I, everyone was working on either C Exam jobs or preparing the no.2 cab of 55019 for painting.

Geoff was busy with other painting jobs, Chris was making a new air pipe to replace the broken one, Steve was working on 55015’s no.2 buffer beam paintwork and I was generally sorting stuff out and getting ready to solder the last two traction motor cable terminations in 15’s no. 2 control cubicle. Steve helped me with this later on. I’m generally happy with the results, but I need to warm up and straighten the end of one of the cables, because it’s not straight. It’s very difficult to do the cables, due to working close to the control cubicle with cables pulled out to the side using a naked flame. Hopefully, I’ll get everything connected next week.

Thanks to everyone I’ve mentioned for their hard work and for the tin of chocolates someone brought along. There were only a few left by the end of the day.

Seasons Greetings

We wish all ‘Deltic’ followers all the best for the festive season and thank you for your support during the past year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019, be it at the Severn Valley with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ or somewhere on the main line behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, perhaps at King’s Cross, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Cleethorpes or wherever we may end up at!

Volunteer’s View – December 22nd 2018

The latest report from Graham Clarke…

A last quick update before Xmas from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill.

Last week was Xmas Dinner day at a pub near Barrow Hill with most of the volunteers and the Society’s Board of Trustees present. Some work was done on floor painting in 55019, removing bearer pads from under the cab of 55008 to use as samples for new ones to go on D9009 and 55015. There was also a shortened board meeting. The details of that will appear in Deltic Deadline in due course.

The final Saturday before Xmas saw only myself and a new volunteer for the day only. John an expat from Essex, who was in the UK on family business and wanted to get his hands dirty. I think Brisbane must be a record for the furthest a volunteer has travelled to get to Barrow Hill!

We spent the day soldering the ends on two new traction motor cables and connecting them to 55015’s no.1 control cubicle. I’m pleased to see this job completed. The makeshift jig we made to hold the terminal lug while it was being soldered made the job very much easier than my first attempt, which was not really successful. I’m very pleased to see the cables reconnected. It should be easier now to complete the other end (fingers crossed). Thanks John, you were a big help.

Volunteer’s View – December 1st & 8th 2018

Graham Clarke writes: This is an update from the Deltic Preservation Society covering the first two weekends of December at our depot at Barrow Hill. The new couplings and buffer beams on 55015 were painted black and red respectively. The engine room floor tread plates from 55019 are being removed, cleaned and painted. Thanks to Alex and Steve. Bob, Martin, Mark, Nigel and Darrell have removed them and cleaned up the oily mess underneath in the engine room. Thanks! Both vacuum exhausters are fitted and bolted down in 55015’s no.1 nose compartment. Thanks to Dave, Beth and Ray for struggling and completing the job.

Hairy Steve, Martin and Mike have been busy fitting the air intake elbows and coolant expansion tank into the middle of 55015. Thanks. Geoff, Harry and 1 other, whose name eludes me, have been busy cleaning and polishing 55019. Thanks for that it looks brilliant. On the power units, no. 430 has had an exhaust manifold removed to allow access to a damaged coolant temperature probe pocket that’s under repair. Both Micks, Pete and Dave are to thank for that. Stuart has made a start on the winter exam on 55019 and has helped me to confirm an issue with faulty auxiliary generator contactors and apparently incorrect value series resistors. Finally, the cab of 55008 has come inside ready for a lift into a new permanent home early next year (see photo below).

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Tulyar’s bogies completed

We are delighted to report that Sheaf Engineering has completed work on the bogies which were purchased in 2013 and have been overhauled for ‘TULYAR’ once the loco has been finished. The picture below, by Mike Hallam-Rudd, shows the bogies at Barrow Hill prior to them being despatched to Nemesis Rail at Burton.IMG_114805

Deltics for Christmas

Christmas Social: DPS member John Herbert has once again arranged a festive social get-together in Doncaster for Deltic followers. It takes place on Saturday 8th December at the Corner Pin pub (5 mins from the station) from 17.00 onwards.  Pop along for some chips, snacks and convivial chat!

A new book: A new book entitled A lifetime of Deltic Locomotives has just been published, written by Richard  MacLennan, with profits going towards the rebuilding of Whitrope Siding Signal Box. If you have enjoyed reading the articles in ‘Deltic Deadline’ by Whitrope Siding then you are sure to enjoy this. Please note this is not for sale on the DPS stand, but if you would like a copy then please click either the link to EBay HERE. One for the stocking perhaps?

55019 to visit Severn Valley Railway in May 2019

We are pleased to announce that after several successful visits in previous years, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway again in 2019.

The locomotive will arrive in early May and will stay for a few weeks during which it will work some of our timetabled service trains, appear at the Spring Diesel Festival (May 16-18) and once again be available for the Deltic Driver Experience days. These have proved to be extremely popular in recent years, with the available places being over-subscribed – early booking is therefore essential to guarantee a place! For more information on the Driver Experience, please see HERE.

Volunteer’s New – November 17th-24th 2018

Graham Clarke writes…

Over the last two weeks there’s been significant progress made through a number of working parties on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

55015 now has both compressors and the two vacuum exhausters installed. A of lot of small parts have been sorted, missing items have been identified and new parts bought.

Inside the engine room has been cleaned and waste wire from rewiring thrown away. The air intake boxes are being prepared for sealing up , new filters and fitting the air ducts that connect to the engines are being fitted. They have had the sealing faces cleaned and new gaskets made.

I’m still struggling with traction motor cables, but I’ll get there.

55019 has had a lot of cleaning done and a starts been made on painting the floor. The loco’s bed plates had become inundated with rain water, causing waste oil to flow out onto the floor. It’s always a problem when the locos are away and it rains a lot. Geoff has also worked his magic on the outside.

A big thanks to the following: Darrell, Bob, Martin(2), Hairy Steve, Steve, Mick(2), Dave (2), Geoff, Mark, Beth, Nigel, Adrian, Stuart and Mike. Apologies to anyone that I have not recalled and listed. It’s always like putting your head in the lion’s mouth making a list of those who help, but it’s most important to say thank you.

I would also like to thank Sheaf Engineering for the sterling work they are doing on our bogies.

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