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Volunteer’s View – February 11th 2017

Another update from Graham Clarke on what’s been going on at the DPS depot:

It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill last Saturday.  There were 13 signatures on the signing on sheet.

Thanks to Pete, Steve x3, Mick x2, Martin, Jonathan, Beth, Nigel, Tom and Ray.  Thanks to you all for your support!and hard work.

55019 had paintwork rubbed down and cleaning in no.2 nose end.

The NRM’s spare marine engine had its phasing gearbox removed (it connects the 3 crankshafts together) and more stripping done to allow the removal of B cylinder block, hopefully to go into the damaged power unit in D9002.

Injector pockets were removed from the DPS’ spare power unit 430 for cleaning and seal replacement.  This is a tricky job, but essential before the unit can be used again after 30 years.  Ray and I worked out how to take the main output shaft out of 451 to replace the oil seals that failed and led to the early failure of the main generator due to oil ingress and insulation failure.  417 had a start made on brush gear refurbishment.

I managed to run in new wires from a train heating and starting contactor to the low air pressure protection switch in 15′s no.2 control cubicle.  There are a number of wires to change next weekend that go to the start control contactor and pressure switch, but these only go a short distance to terminal strips on the cubicle walls.  Hopefully, I can have it finished by next Saturday evening.

Sheaf Engineering has also prepared the refurbished axle boxes, bearings and covers ready to go to the South Devon Railway for fitting to the re-tyred wheelsets.  We’re getting nearer to a fully refurbished set of bogies now!

Volunteer’s View – February 4th 2017

Graham Clarke wasn’t at Barrow Hill, but has still managed to compile a report:

I was at York yesterday at Society Board Meeting.  It’s an exciting year ahead!  It’s also AGM time soon, so watch this space.

Back at Barrow Hill later.  Work continues on 55019 with Geoff stripping nose top doors for corrosion repairs an Stuart stripping a sample of the inner boiler roof skin to assess what rotten metal needs replacing..  It’s a bit of a mess in places.

Beth, Nigel, Tom and Nat were working on power units and parts of 8′s cab.

Thanks one and all!

Volunteer’s View – January 28th 2017

Graham Clarke’s update:

At Barrow Hill over the weekend, it was power unit work for Beth and Tom, as well as taking the engine air intake filters out of 19 for a clean.   They are not too bad, much to my surprise.

8′s cab got further attention to its parts to make it look presentable from Neil and Nat.

Geoff completed assembling the engine room step structure on 15 and began preparing a nose top door from 19 for welding and repainting.

Peter carried on rewiring 15′s no.1 cab lighting.  I carried on with rewiring the no.2 end start control contactor and control air pressure switch.  The latter stops the locomotive taking power, if there is not enough air to operate the the big air operated motor and ETH contactors at that end of the loco.  Some of the wires go through the middle of the cubicle, just to make it interesting.

Volunteer’s View – Saturday 21st January 2017

Another report from Graham Clarke:

Saturday at Barrow Hill was very busy. The volunteer signing on sheet was completely full of signatures! This is a great turnout and I won’t try to name everyone, because I’ll miss someone. Thank you all very much.

Summarising the work done:

Power unit 417, which was last used in D9009 in 2003 and failed with a broken C bank camshaft drive gear, was successfully barred over. It was thoroughly checked over first and well lubricated. It was tight to start with, but went with some careful levering of the crankshafts.

55019 had the second compressor and no.2 end fire extinguisher cylinders removed to facilitate nose floor repairs.

55015 had more work done on the no.1 end cab lighting wiring and the no.2 end start control contactor and control air pressure switch wiring. Old wiring with inline crimp repairs is being replaced.

Power, light and heating requirements for conversion of the old power unit store to a display area were also discussed with one of the volunteers who is an electrical contractor.

It was a very productive day and a credit to all involved.

Volunteer’s View – Saturday January 14th 2017

An update from Graham Clarke:

At Barrow Hill last Saturday, it was another productive day and the Xmas Raffle was drawn by Debbie and Tom.

A start was made in 55019′s no.2 nose compartment with Adrian and Stuart removing the top compressor and one nose top door.  The doors and the floor need attention to corrosion and wear and tear.  Debbie mostly removed one of the nose end grills that needs refitting.

Peter carried on with the cab lighting wiring in the no.1 cab of 55015, while Mike worked on air tank d…rains again in no.2 nose compartment.  I started replacing spliced wires in no.2 control cubicle around the start control contactor.  There is more to do than I thought and fiddly taped wiring looms to undo.  What a job it is, but it has to done.

Steve the sheet metal contractor also came again to look at the foot steps and jacking pocket doors on the other side of 15.

‘Hull & Leeds Executive’ Seating Update

This tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ has been booking very well, and as of today, there are no First Class seats remaining and a very limited number of First Class Plus seats. In addition Standard Class and Premier Dining seats are down to the last coach in each – so, if you wish to travel, please don’t leave it too late to book! Full details regarding the tour can be found on Pathfinder Tours website by CLICKING HERE.

Deltic Preservation Society – 40th Anniversary Event Announcement

2017 is the 40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Deltic Preservation Society. In conjunction with the NRM/KOYLI Group, Beaver Sports and our hosts the Bluebell Railway we would like to announce a special event at the Bluebell Railway on Friday October 6th to Sunday October 8th.

The event will feature 4 working Deltics, D9002, D9009, 55019 and 55022 and we are working on a surprise visitor – it will be a Deltic ONLY event. We are at the early planning stages at the moment, but some of the ideas we are following include at least one dining train on the Bluebell and, if possible, another on the National Network organised by Avocet Travel Management - anybody who would like to express an interest in this, please contact Neil at enquiriesATavocettm.co.uk (please replace AT with @). Jason Cross at the East Midlands Railway Photographic Society has been asked to organise an event on the Friday evening.

Please watch the five party’s relevant websites for further updates.

Mike Hallam-Rudd, DPS Director

Volunteer’s View – Saturday January 7th 2017

Graham Clarke’s first report of 2017:

There were 14 volunteers at Barrow Hill yesterday. Darrell, Neil, Pete x2, Colin, Steve x2, John x2, Dave, Mick, Geoff, Mike and I. Thank you all very much indeed.

Work done was on spare power units, including the NRM spare made ready to remove the gearbox and separate the 3 blocks. I also talked to Pete about plans for power units to go into 55015.

19 got cleaned internally, silencer repairs assessed and boiler roof repairs discussed.

No.8′s cab received attention from Neil.

The lockers and kitchen plans for the new mess cabin were moved forward.

On 15, further work was done on the no.1 cab lighting wiring, air tank fittings were prepared for installation, engine room steps were worked on and more pipes were fitted to the engine room walls. I soldered a new Yorkshire fitting on an air tank moisture drain pipe for Mike towards the end of the day. A contractor also visited to trial fit foot step panels and jacking pocket doors. These look very good.

Darrell worked on sales and at the end of the day we reviewed the drawings for making new exhaust collector drums. There are two basic designs and hybrid versions between the two. I discussed this with Alex later and the possible ways forward. Exhaust collector drums are a long term source of problems and leak and crack due to the high temperatures and stresses it’s exposed to. This is why we need new ones. Better materials and design improvements may be needed.

Overall, it was a very productive day, but I got involved in all sorts of things I hadn’t intended. It was all useful, though, so it was all worthwhile.

Results – Christmas Draw 2016

The draw took place in the Depot at Barrow Hill on 14th January as planned.   The winning numbers are as follows:

1. 02298 – £250

2. 08174 – £100

3. 13695 – £100

4. 13621 – £50

5. 10361 – £50

6. 01861 – £50

I have started to contact the winners using the details on the stubs and I shall aim to send out cheques as soon as possible.  If you could contact me at 07976 282396, if you have a winning ticket, it would be appreciated.

£3,221 worth of tickets were sold this year compared to £2,725 last year.  After deducting ticket printing costs and prizes, £2,459 has been raised. £38 worth of donations were also made during the raffle in addition to the figure above.  On behalf of the DPS Board, I would like to thank all those who took part in the raffle very much for their support.

I would also like to thank everyone who enclosed notes and letters with their entries.  It is always nice to receive them and the comments and good wishes are very much appreciated.

Cheques sent with raffle ticket stubs are not cashed until after the raffle is drawn.  They will be cashed as quickly as possible, but it can take a little while to find a convenient time to visit the bank, as I have a full time job as well as my DPS activities to contend with.  Your understanding is appreciated.

I wish you all well for the New Year and for another exciting 40th Anniversary Deltic year ahead!

Graham Clarke

 

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