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Volunteer’s View – January 6th & 13th 2018

Graham Clarke reports:

It’s overdue time for an update on progress at The DPS Depot at Barrow Hill.

Over the last couple of weeks Geoff has worked his magic on 15’s draw hook and various other parts that go into the buffer system behind the hook. It’s basically a stack of steel plates with rubber pads in between to absorb the shock loads that occur as the loco pulls or gets pushed by the coaches and all the changes that go on in between. Everything is in good fettle apart from the coupling chains and it’s pivot pin. These are distorted and badly worn. They may still work for fundraising as they are original from BR day’s.

Bob, Martin and Steve Smed have moved the fitting of air tanks on quite a lot. It’s all the pipe work that takes the time to sort out. The tanks under the traction motor blowers are now in and piped up. The blower stand is in at no.1 end and ready to fit at no. 2 end. Chris welded a bracket for the drain tap at no. 2 end to the floor last Saturday. Geoff touched up the tanks last Saturday, because they get scratched going in.

Mike has been working on the remanufactured fuel tank connections as well.

Working with Adrian and Pete last Saturday, I think we have finally found a combination of conduit fittings and plastic pipe that will fit in the tight space where the motor cables come through the floor and go to no.1 and 6 traction motor terminal boxes.. There is plenty of space on the inside, but EE made it as tight as a you know what. It just needs the pipes finishing to length and putting together.

Elsewhere, 19 has had the silencers and centre roof section disconnected ready to come off. We need to sort out the fit of the silencers to the engines and the lagging which does not fit, because it’s too thick. This is why 19 was on one engine last year. The roof’s coming off a week on Saturday to sort it out.

Thanks very much to everyone who has volunteered. And I need to thank Steve who beavered away on nothing in particular, but it is a huge help nonetheless.

DPS Raffle Winners 2017

Graham Clarke writes:

The draw took place in the Depot at Barrow Hill on 13th January as planned.   The winning numbers are as follows:

1. 14483 – £250

2. 15135 – £100

3. 18305 – £100

4. 14348 – £50

5. 00530 – £50

6. 00799 – £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.

£2,912 worth of tickets were sold this year compared to £3,221 last year.  After deducting ticket printing costs and prizes, £2,090 has been raised. £60 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 with their entries.  It is always nice to receive them and the constructive 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 2018 and for another exciting Deltic year ahead!

2018 Railtour latest

Saturday 16th June: Our colleagues at 52A Tours have advised that the ‘Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ is now approaching half full, and tables for two are now becoming very limited in number – so please check with 52A regarding availability if you wish to book these seats. Full details regarding the tour, which features D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back can be found HERE. £5 discount for DPS members!

Saturday 21st July: First Class Dining and Standard Class seats are available on ‘The Talisman’ from London with 60163 ‘TORNADO’ and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. More information is available HERE.

Saturday 29th September: A provisional date from Pathfinder for the diary.

Severn Valley update

All three of the three ‘Footplate Experience’ days featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ are now fully booked, so the SVR is looking at adding an extra date on Wednesday 23rd May. Please CLICK HERE for more details.

The SVR has just released its diesel roster for the first half of the year, and, in addition to its appearance at the Diesel Gala, 55019 is booked to work the line’s diesel turn on Wednesday 16th May. This provides two round trips of Deltic haulage (11.35 and 15.35 ex Kidderminster, 13.25 and 17.25 ex Bridgnorth)  ideal for those of you who want maximum Deltic mileage without having to juggle your moves around other locos!


Volunteer’s View – 30th December 2017

While D9009 was running to Liverpool and back, other DPS volunteers were working at Barrow Hill. Graham Clarke reports:

Last Saturday I was at BH with Mike and Geoff. Geoff was busy painting draw gear for 15 and cleaning dust off the bogies. Mike worked on fuel tank connections and helped me with preparing TM flexible conduit fittings for reuse. They are all that will fit under the nose floor, because the space is so tight. The bonus is that the new Kopex flexible conduit is exactly the same size now as it was 50 years ago! Therefore, i can use the old fittings again. It is still proving really difficult to fit, but I have made solid progress at last. The fittings to the motor terminal boxes will all be new.

The two air tanks under the battery boxes were also refitted to 55015 by Steve. Thanks for this work. Geoff and I had put them roughly in place the previous Saturday.

Many congratulations to my colleagues for a successful tour to Liverpool and back from York.


Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a good performance on today’s Pathfinder tour to Liverpool, recreating the events of December 1981. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Awaiting departure from York:


Passing through Blackburn (pic courtesy of Guy Middleton):


Upon arrival at Liverpool Lime Street:


Back at York, before the loco returned to the NRM:


And finally, a look back at December 27th 1981, taken at Liverpool (courtesy of Craig Oliphant):



‘The Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise’ – timings

Saturday’s tour taking D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from York to Liverpool and back is now just a few days away. Pick-up and set-down times can be found on Pathfinder Tours’ website by CLICKING HERE. As can be seen, and as many will already know, the tour is unable to pick up or set down at Doncaster, so a Swinton stop had been put in its place. Additionally, pathing constraints mean the tour is unable to pick up at Leeds on the outward journey.

Timings for the outward leg from York to Liverpool behind D9009 can be found on Open Train Times HERE, with the return leg from Liverpool to York HERE.

New items in stock on the Sales Stand include wine glasses at £4.50. We look forward to seeing many DPS members and supporters on Saturday.

Tour availability update

An update on seating availability on forthcoming charters featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’:

Saturday 30th December 2017 “The Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise” (Pathfinder Tours): A few seats remain in First Class. Standard Class is full. For further details, please CLICK HERE.

Saturday 16th June 2018 “Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter” (52A Tours): All classes are selling very fast, and Executive Class (ie front coach in both directions) is now fully booked. For further details, please CLICK HERE.

Remember that both Pathfinder Tours and 52A Tours are kindly offering DPS members a £5 discount on the advertised fares on both the above trips.

55019 to visit the Spa Valley Railway in 2018

The Deltic Preservation Society and The Spa Valley Railway are pleased to announce that following the ill-fated attempt last Summer plans are now in place and contracts exchanged for The Deltic Preservation Society’s locomotive 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ to visit the Spa Valley Railway for August 2018 and will operate on the dates shown below.

55019 stars in Summer Diesel Gala on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August, operating from 09.00 to 19.00 Friday & Sunday and 09.00 to 23.00 Saturday.  The well stocked DPS Sales Stand will be in full swing at this event and hopefully some of the other dates below.

55019 operates a Deltic Running Weekend on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August, with discounted travel for all DPS members. 55019 operates that Saturday 11th evening dining train (again discount available for DPS members). All enquiries to the Spa Valley.

55019 operates Deltic Driver Experience on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th August (6 participants per day). Please book early as this was over subscribed last year and there will be no opportunity to add further dates. For bookings, please CLICK HERE.

55019 operates standard Spa Valley services on August Bank Holiday 25th, 26th & 27th as a Deltic Farewell weekend.

52A Tours charter with D9009 – Saturday 16th June 2018

The DPS is delighted to advise that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be hauling 52A Tours’ “Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter” on Saturday 16th June 2018. Starting at Linlithgow with DB Cargo traction for the first leg and using the SRPS Mk.1 coaching stock, D9009 will then haul the train from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back, providing over 500 miles of classic ECML ‘Deltic’ haulage. The tour picks up at Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York and Doncaster.

For full details regarding the train, please CLICK HERE, and a booking form can be downloaded from HERE. DPS members can benefit from a £5 discount on the advertised fares.

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