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D9009 movement – August 23rd 2018

In readiness for Saturday’s railtour, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to run light engine from Barrow Hill to Nemesis Rail’s Burton depot tomorrow afternoon. Please note that owing to the Derby blockade, the move is via Alfreton, Toton and Castle Donnington.

D9009 leaves Burton for Huddersfield with the tour ECS early on Saturday morning. Full timings for the ‘Deltic Retro Scot III’ to Edinburgh can be found HERE (outward) and HERE (return). Upon arrival at York on the return leg, D9009 is planned to run light engine back to Barrow Hill.

Volunteer’s View – August 18th 2018

Graham Clarke writes:

It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill last Saturday.

D9009 received a Fitness to Run examination ready for Thursday’s move to Burton on Trent ready for the Tour on Saturday. Pete, Dave and Beth mostly did the work.

John was busy with finance and depot development. Darrell was busy with getting sales ready for Saturday. Nat, James, Beth and Nigel worked on painting the cab of D9008. Howard cleaned the dust off the bogie bolsters.

Later on both sets of draw gear and the new couplings were installed in D9015 by Steve, Dave G and Pete.

I spent the morning finding important bogie documents relating to axle box bearings ready for an upcoming audit and mainline certification of 55015’s bogies.

Geoff was busy cleaning and painting, including one of the new couplings.

Sheaf Engineering has made substantial progress with the bogies. They are now wheeled and the traction motors are fitted. They are now well on the way to completion, maybe by the end of this week.

Ray has been helping sort out the material specification at a laboratory in Sheffield of the metal for new bearer pads and getting copies made.

Bob and Darrell came in the week to work on painting the engine room floor in D9009.

Thank you everyone. It was a very constructive day, not forgetting the midweek work.

Spa Valley Railway this weekend

A reminder to everyone that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be in action at the Spa Valley Railway for all three over the Bank Holiday Weekend. This will be the last opportunity to sample ‘Deltic’ haulage on the line before 55019 departs for the Great Central Railway next Tuesday. The Spa Valley will be running its green timetable (mixed steam and diesel), with the Deltic booked to work the following services:

11.10 ex Eridge, 12.00 ex Tunbridge Wells West, 14.30 ex Eridge, 15.20 ex Tunbridge Wells West.

The full timetable for all three days can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Deltic Retro Scot III – Saturday 25th August

Retro Railtours has advised that the confirmed pick-up and set-down times for its 10th anniversary tour from Huddersfield to Edinburgh with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ are as follows:

Huddersfield (05.55/21.40), Marsden (06.19/21.55), Stalybridge (06.46/22.17), Manchester Vic (07.05/22.39), Wigan NW (07.58/23.15), Leyland (08.15/23.36), Preston (08.27/23.45), Edinburgh (12.05/16.40). There will also be a set down at York at 20.09. (where D9009 will be replaced by a Class 67 for the remainder of the journey back to Preston).

Please note that in standard class, only a handful of individual seats remain – anyone wishing to book one of these is advised to call Retro Railtours on 0161 330 9055. There are still a limited number of seats for groups of two or more in first class and these can be booked online by visiting

Volunteer’s View – August 11th 2018

Another report from Graham Clarke…

It was back to work at Barrow Hill last Saturday after a very enjoyable weekend at the Spa Valley Railway the previous weekend. I was impressed with the Spa and their young team. It’s really good to see that and I’m keen to encourage them in taking the railway forward.

It was quite busy, with the area around the bogies for 55015 being cleared ready for final assembly to start this week and the axle boxes being painted by Steve and Geoff. Mike was busy with the diesel forklift moving stuff around. Thanks.

Outside, Nigel and Beth were working away on the cab of 55008 making it look much better. Hopefully, it may be possible to move it inside in the future. This would make it much easier to care for and develop as a visitor attraction. We’ll see how the idea develops.

Ray was tinkering away on depot bits and pieces as well as reviewing health and safety documents with Mike. Thanks Ray.

Alex and Pete also popped in for a chat about plans for working parties on 55015. I’ll provide more details as the plans come together for the final push to completion of this mammoth project. There’s a picture with this post of the two measured (OK), crack tested and painted draw hooks all ready to fit to 55015.

I managed to finish off connecting cables to the reverser in 15′s no.1 control cubicle. It’s really not easy to pull large cables about in confined spaces, but with a bit of help from Geoff I managed to get everything where I want it. I’ve also routed the cables that go on the back of the generator cut-out switch and I’m now much happier that everything will connect up without straining some other more delicate wiring or trap a large cable and make it too short to reach where it goes to, which is why I needed Geoff’s help. Hopefully, I’ll manage to finish both cubicles next Saturday. There are 4 cables left to cut to length (if they need shortening), strip off the insulation and crimp on the connectors.

The midweek crew of Bob, Mark, Martin and led by Darrell have been busy taking up the tread plates, cleaning and painting the engine room floor of D9009.

The final piece of work was Geoff polishing one side of D9009 to add to the work he’s done to nose ends over the last few weeks. I have to say that it looks stunning! Thanks Geoff.


Great Central Railway – DPS Members Day/Fish & Chip Special

The 2018 DPS Members Day with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Great Central Railway will take place on Saturday October 20th, and is being combined with an evening Fish & Chip special which will also feature 55019. During the daytime, DPS members will be able to travel for free on Deltic hauled services only on production of a valid DPS membership card. You will be given a wristband which will also entitle you to a free pint on the Fish & Chip special if you wish to stay and travel on this evening special (note that a separate ticket will need to be purchased for travel on this train – for further details and to book, please visit Spaces are limited).

The Deltic Retro Scot 3 – Saturday 25th August

Retro Railtours advise that seats are still available in all three classes on this circular tour behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Huddersfield to Edinburgh, celebrating the 10th anniversary of this promoter. However, only a handful of seats remain in premier dining, so please book quickly if you would like one (or more) of these. Remember, DPS members can obtain a £5 discount on the advertised fares if booking by post using the form HERE.

For full details regarding this train, please visit Retro Railtours Website.


Spa Valley running weekend – August 11th/12th

We hope that those of you who attended the Spa Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala last weekend (see pic below at Eridge) enjoyed the performances behind 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’. Our visiting Deltic will be in action again this coming weekend, working five round trips between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge (73140 will assist with shunt releases). Day Rover tickets are a bargain at £12.00! For further information, please visit the Spa Valley’s webpage by CLICKING HERE.

If you can’t make the event, why not keep an eye out for 55019 on the Spa Valley’s Railcam as the train passes Groombridge? The link to this cam be found HERE.



Volunteer’s View – July 28th 2018

An update from the Deltic Preservation Depot at Barrow Hill last weekend, by Graham Clarke.

The main job on Saturday was reassembling the axle boxes for 55015’s bogies that were dismantled a little while ago so the axles could be checked for cracks. This is done on a 3-yearly basis. A big thanks to Dave G for driving back up to Barnsley to collect a torque wrench so we could do the axle boxes. Also a welcome to new volunteer Ken Brindley who helped Dave and Mike and enjoyed himself.

The axles are now almost ready for final assembly of the bogies. The rear axle box covers need the nuts torque tightening, but we need to buy a special type of spanner to fit on the 1/2 inch square drive on the torque wrench for this. There is also a little more cleaning of old lubricant from the gear wheels to do, but not very much.

As well as the axle boxes, Geoff completed painting the wheels and cleaned many flies from the noses of D9009. They don’t half stick!

Nat and James continued working on the cab of 55008. I carried on connecting traction motor cables to the reverser. After struggling last we I found that the routing of the cables under the control cubicle was not ideal, so with Geoff’s help the cables were pulled back a rerouted to avoid them crossing over each other and stretching some of the control wiring because of the size of the heavy traction motor cables. Al the big stuff is now on the floor under the cubicle and lying neatly in the clamps where these are fitted for the cables to no.3 traction motor. Unfortunately, I had to shorten 3 cables I had already crimped, involving much hacksawing, grappling with the hydraulic crimper and a sore right shoulder today.

Dave G finished off fitting a replacement horn to D9009 and it now sounds as flat and tuneless as normal. Darrell was also busy sorting sales items.

The next working party is on Thursday.

A big thank you to everyone for their support on Saturday.

GCR Driver Experience Update

There has been a lot of interest in the Great Central Railway Deltic Driver Experience course and the two initial dates (October 15th/16th) are now booked up. Two more dates have been added as a result (Thursday 25th/Friday 26th October) – for full details, please see the GCR website HERE.

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