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40 years of the DPS article

Deltic followers may be interested to know that the October issue of Rail Express magazine contains a 4 page feature on 40 years of the DPS, including a selection of photos through the years (from 1982 to 2017). See the magazine’s website HERE.

D9009 – forthcoming tours

Below is a summary of tours advertised to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’

Saturday 21 October “The Swanage Belle: Pathfinder trip taking D9009 from Burton and the Midlands/Severnside to Bournemouth and the Swanage Railway. Seats still available, full details HERE.

Saturday 30 December “The Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise”: Relive the trips of December 1981 with this  Pathfinder tour using D9009 from York to Liverpool and back. **£5 discount on tickets for DPS members – CLICK HERE for more details**

Saturday 21 July “The Talisman”: New tour! D9009 should haul the return leg of this A1 Steam Loco Trust. The tour is from King’s Cross to Newcastle and uses 60163 Tornado on the outward leg, providing a day of classic ECML power. Bookings are being handled by UK Railtours, more information HERE.

Bluebell Postscript

Mike Hallam-Rudd writes…

I would just like to thank all of those who have helped the Society in recent months to get our locos and D9002 ready for this prestigious event which went off without one single hitch. Many people played a part in this event, from those in the background who just got on and did what needed doing, to those in the front seat who showed what the 3 locos could do 35 years after retirement, a credit to ALL who look after them and supported them and the team. Many thanks to all including Darrell and his team of merry volunteers who turn up at all events they can to raise the cash so the engineers can spend it, enabling the jobs to be done.

If you missed the event, well I am sorry but you missed a marvellous weekend. If you have not visited the Bluebell then I would strongly recommend a visit, a lovely line with some well restored period rolling stock and loco’s in beautiful surroundings.


(55019 at Horsted Keynes during the event on 07/10/17)

Return move from Bluebell Railway

There’s just one day left of our 40th Anniversary event at the Bluebell Railway, we hope that everyone who has attended so far has had an enjoyable time.

The return convoy leaves the Bluebell early on Monday morning, with the NRM’s D9002 in charge, heading for Burton (where D9009 will be dropped off, in readiness for The Swanage Belle tour on October 21st) and then to Barrow Hill (to detatch 55019), after which D9002 continues to York. Full timings can be found HERE.

DPS40 at Bluebell – nearly there!

The DPS 40th anniversary event is almost upon us, and the Society looks forward to seeing many members and Deltic followers at the Bluebell Railway over the next three days. Our friends at the Bluebell have been busy promoting the gala, there has even been an advert on Uckfield FM, which you can listen to HERE. The Bluebell’s latest press release regarding the event can be found HERE.

As a reminder, the full timetable with loco allocations for each day can be downloaded HERE, and detailed loco diagrams are also available for D9002 and D9009/55019. We are also pleased to advise that there will also be some miniature Deltic action (7 1/4″ gauge) at Sheffield Park!

Convoy move now at Bluebell

Today’s convoy move featuring D9002, D9009 and 55019 has now arrived at the Bluebell Railway, ready for this weekend’s gala, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Deltic Preservation Society. D9002 hauled D9009 from the NRM to Barrow Hill, where 55019 was collected prior to continuing south. The photo below shows the move early this morning, a few minutes after leaving York.


55019 update

Stuart Page writes:
Work on 55019 came to a triumph conclusion today with the completion of the 2016/17 maintenance plan and C exam. The examination of the locomotive for the transit move to the Bluebell was also undertaken ready for the move this week on Wednesday 4th October and returning on Monday 9th October. I wish to thank all our volunteers and board members who have been involved with me leading this project since returning from the Epping and Ongar railway last year. It has at times being a very gruelling intense work schedule but without you we wouldn’t have been able to celebrate our 40th year. A big thankyou to you all.
The photograph was taken Saturday evening after the final running checks in the main yard at Barrow Hill.
55019 30-9-17 BH REV

Move to Bluebell Railway – now on October 4th

We have been advised by WCRC that the convoy move from York to the Bluebell Railway will now take place on Wednesday October 4th, rather than Tuesday October 3rd as previously expected. Departure from York is expected to be early morning, with D9002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’ and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ running to Barrow Hill to collect 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ before continuing south via Loughborough/Peterborough and the North London Line to East Grinstead.

UPDATE 03/10/17: Full timings can now be found on Realtime Trains by CLICKING HERE.

Volunteer’s View – September 30th 2017

The latest report from Graham Clarke…

Time for an update on progress at DPS Towers at Barrow Hill. Over the last couple of weeks 55019 has been completed to a point where it’s ready to go to the Bluebell Railway for our 40th Anniversary Celebration’s. More work will be needed over next winter on the exhaust system and internal painting. Hopefully, it won’t be of the intensity experienced this year. It’s been too much at times.

Stuart, Chris, Geoff, Bob and Mike completed running checks and the ‘C’ Exam for now. The loco’s also been fully bombed up with oil and coolant for D9009 as well as 19.

Geoff has worked his magic with the polish and it’s hard to tell that 19’s cabs and noses have been painted and the body sides haven’t. Amazing!

Further work on power units was done by Beth and Nigel last week.

Pete’s been busy rewiring no.2 end cab lighting circuits on 55015.. This is now well advanced apart from a minor fault that’s causing a fuse to blow at no.1 end and a disco light show among the instrument lights. Hopefully, it will be easy to find and fix.

Thanks very much indeed to all those who have worked so hard to get 19 ready, progress 15 and help with the successful Barrow Hill reopening event.

And 15’s silencers have arrived from the repairers this week. They are looking good now.

Talk at the Bluebell Railway by Gordon Pettitt

As an added attraction to the Bluebell Railway visit by the three Deltics, Bluebell Railway President, Gordon Pettitt, will be presenting a talk, Trial Trips and Deltic performance on the ECML

Date: Saturday 7th October 2017
Time: 14.15 to 14.45
Venue: Birch Grove Suite which is the function room above the Bessemer Arms Restaurant at Sheffield Park Station. This does have disabled access.

Apart from being BRPS President, Gordon was a Manager on the Eastern Region of British Railways when the Deltics were introduced and so has a unique insight into their performance in the early days and so is obviously of interest to DPS members.

Do tell your friends – Mr Pettitt, also later GM of the Southern Region, has a wealth of anecdotes.

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