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Volunteer’s View – June 24th/25th 2017

For a change, the report this week comes from Stuart Page:
Saturday was the DPS Board meeting which I’ve missed to continue with the work needed on 55019. The work on the boiler roof is nearing completion with the roof refurbished and the modifications to the exhaust outlets to the roof opening. The same mods were carried out on Alycidon a few years ago. The outlet ends from the silencers being bolted to the roof. Most of Saturday was spent in prepping the outer roof skin with rubbing down, primer and undercoat by Howard. The locomotive itself needing attention where the boiler was located with painting from head height and above to the opening where the boiler roof sits. Again cleaning, rubbing down, primer and undercoating, while other areas needing just top coat. This work needs completing before the boiler roof section is fitted to the locomotive as becomes inaccessible with the silencers bolted to the boiler roof section. Nigel was changing the injectors on No 1 P/U. Geoff was painting again, air intake grills for the nose traction motors and cleaning part of the loco while I was sanding down No 1 end nose.
Sunday again was with myself sanding the cab areas and moving down to No 2 end nose and cab, gradually during the day I was turning into a shade of blue. Adrian painted the top coat to the boiler roof and continued the day helping me prep the loco ready for painting.
Boiler roof

DPS@40 tour cancellation

Mike Hallam-Rudd writes:

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we are not able to run this tour and must advise you of this unfortunate and difficult decision we have had to make.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to you all for offering to support us on this occasion. However the main event at the Bluebell Railway will still take place on Friday October 6th to Sunday October 8th at the Bluebell Railway, where they are running a Golden Arrow Pullman on the Friday evening, will still be taking place.

Any monies or cheques will be returned and debit/credit card details will be destroyed. I must add my sincere thanks to Neil Mewes and his team at Avocet Travel Management for all of their hard work in organising and planning this event on our behalf.

Spa Valley driver experience – sold out

Please note that all five Deltic Driver Experience dates (August 11th/12th/13th and September 2nd/3rd) on the Spa Valley Railway are now sold out. If you’ve missed out, then you can still see the loco in action on the line on the following dates:

Thursday August 3rd-Sunday August 6th (Diesel Gala) ; Saturday August 19th-Sunday August 20th (Deltic running day) ; Saturday August 26th-Monday August 28th (Spa Valley 20th Anniversary).


Volunteer’s View – June 17th 2017

This week, Graham Clarke’s report comes from the main line, where he was one of the support crew on board D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. A gallery will appear shortly.

Fantastic day out yesterday with D9009 on the Welsh Central Liner Rail Tour run by Pathfinder Tours. I was on the late turn with Alex Williams. It was a great shift with the loco performing well, despite the heat and a run at the Lickey Incline (1/38) from a stop at Bromsgrove right at the bottom of the Bank, without a run at it. The engine temperatures did rise a bit, but not beyond the limits. We really got going once the locomotives took a field divert and I’m informed we passed the top at 51 mph with 10 coaches in tow. Not bad for nearly 56 year old! I was in the engine room taking measurements and that was quite an experience too.

I especially enjoyed the opportunity to ride up front on the run down to Gloucester in the evening sun, barrelling along at about 90mph with the Napier Symphony as an accompaniment. Thanks to our Drivers Greg and Nigel from DBS, Alex, all the other onboard team, DPS riding fitters, water tanker, fuel tanker, everyone who paid to come along and the masses who turned out to enjoy the spectacle. There were a lot of people on nearly every vantage point there was to be had.

D9009 on Central Wales line

A good run has been had with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ over the Central Wales line in glorious weather. The picture shows the tour during a short stop at Llandeilo.

The loco is due to return from Burton to York tomorrow, departing around 13.00.

‘The Welsh Central Liner’ – Saturday June 17th

Confirmed timings for Saturday’s railtour from Burton to the Central Wales line and Shrewsbury have now been released by Pathfinder Tours. Please visit their website by CLICKING HERE for pick up/set down times  - note there have been some changes, the train is no longer able to pick up at Coleshill Parkway or Birmingham New Street, but an additional pick-up at Northfield has been added.

Full timings for the train can be found HERE (outward) and HERE (return).

The DPS will be holding an on-board raffle during the day, we look forward to seeing many of you on board the train.

Volunteer’s View – June 10th 2017

Graham Clarke’s report from last weekend….

At Barrow Hill on Saturday it was power units for Steve, Pete, Tom and Beth.  I helped remove the main generator later on.  It’s now separated by about 1/4″.  It will get moved out of the way on another day to make room for removing the phasing gearbox.  Nat was generally helping out, doing bits towards 8′s cab and talking to me a bit about engineering careers.

Geoff was busy painting nose top doors and other bits and bobs around 19.

Adrian and Stuart were working away gettin…g 19 ready to take the refurbished nose grills and doing other bits of bodywork around the cabs.

The load regulator performs a similar function to the gears in a car, but it’s electrical as is the loco’s transmission of power from the engines to the wheels.  Steve N and I spent a very interesting couple of hours with his micro ohm meter checking 15′s load regulator resistance values against the specified values in the Workshop Overhaul  & Service Schedule (WOSS).  It was really interesting to see values coming out within the specified limits.  15 worked ok before it was stopped, so this gives some confidence.  A formal recorded test will take place in a few weeks.  This will help with D9002, which does not apply power in quite the way it should.

Beth and Nat have also posted more details about the weekends work on the power units.

19′s silencers have also been modified the same as D9009 by adding a sealing flange below the roofline to stop oil and fumes entering the engine room.  Once it’s all drilled, sealed and bolted up It works a treat.  The original design should never have left the drawing board.  Thanks to Sheaf Engineering.

Ray and Mike also called in during the day.

Thank you everyone for another very productive weekend.

Volunteer’s View – June 3rd 2017

Another report from Graham Clarke:

Last weekend at Barrow Hill work carried on and it was another productive day.

Beth, Nigel, Ellouise and Tom worked on PU430. It’s coming on steadily and the main generator should be removed by the end of June. The phasing gearbox will then need to come off to get to the main output shaft oil seal. This is being done, because a 30 plus year old oil seal and a spanking and very expensive overhauled main generator are a really bad idea. Oil wrecks the insulation of the main generator pretty quickly.

Neal, Nat and Ellouise did more work on the cosmetic restoration of D9008′s cab. Thanks to you all.

Stuart and Bob carried on with work on 55019. Most of the body filling around the cab and nose is now done and primed. Bob cleaned and refitted the engine a ir filters and 1 set of generator air filters. They others will get done in a couple of weeks. Geoff applied further top coats of paint to the nose doors and the underside of the boiler compartment roof. Thanks Bob and Stuart.

On 15, Pete more or less completed the rewiring of the no.1 cab lighting wiring and made a start at the other end. Mike mostly completed fitting pipe work to the engine room walls. Steve our contract fabricator made further progress fitting inner jacking pocket doors. They are going to look great when they are properly fitted. Thanks.

I spent the day trying to find a lost propane torch and didn’t, much to my annoyance. I did sort out a fix for 2 fuel connections that are broken and some damaged roof drain adaptors that have fallen apart and are stopping the drains being piped up. At the end of the day I successfully soldered on some traction motor cable ends as a trial on some off cut 185mm squared cable. It’s taken me a long time to get hold of the right type of flux cored solder. Plumbers’ solder melts at too high a temperature and so does the modern lead free. I just don’t want to go lead free, because it’s too much of an unknown. It’s not even that green, because of the metals like silver that are damaging to marine life. I’ll stick with old technology that works and has for well over a century.

Thanks again to all our brilliant volunteers!

Welsh Central Liner – Seating Availability

The DPS has been advised that there are just around 50 seats remaining in Standard Class on this tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, which runs on Saturday June 17th. First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining are all now fully booked. Formed of Mk.1 coaches, the tour runs from Burton, the midlands and Severnside to South Wales and the Central Wales line, taking ‘Number 9′ on routes it has not previously covered. There will be a late afternoon break in Shrewsbury. For more details, and to book, please visit Pathfinder Tours’ website by CLICKING HERE.

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