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Volunteer’s View – May 5th 2018

Graham Clarke reports on events just before RHF’s departure to the Severn Valley Railway:

On Saturday at Barrow Hill, the main job was completing 55019 ready to leave for the Severn Valley Railway. Working with Beth and Stuart that meant curing a compressor that wouldn’t compress, fixing blowing fuel injectors and for me altering wiring looms to fit the covers to the new voltage regulators. It was all a bit fraught, but it got done by 20:00 last night. As it turned out the compressor had the non-return valves in the top of the cylinders assembled the wrong way around, the injectors got sorted fairly quickly and I struggled with the cable clamps, but got it done in the end. Just to make my day, 19 had an electrical hissy fit and wouldn’t power up its auxiliary equipment at no.1 end with no.2 engine running. I managed to sort that out fairly quickly. It was a dirty set of interlocks on one of the contactors.

Elsewhere in the depot, Geoff, Steve and Bob carried on preparing and painting the overhauled wheel sets for 55015. While Mike prepared the axles for ultrasonic crack testing this week. The axle end plates were removed and grease purged. Apologies for missing this off version one of this post.

Outside, Neil, Nat, Nat’s boyfriend and Nigel carried on refurbishing the cab of 9008. The nose end was primed among other things.

Thank to you all.


55019 moving to Severn Valley today

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is booked to leave Barrow Hill for its holidays later today, when the loco is due to be collected by 50049 ‘DEFIANCE’ and hauled to the Severn Valley Railway. Departure is booked at 13.40, arriving at Kidderminster SVR at 17.37. Full booked timings can be found HERE.

Volunteer’s View – 30th April 2018

Another report from Graham Clarke:

News from the DPS at Barrow Hill: on Saturday, work continued on 55019, completing exhaust lagging, working on a compressor and installing 2 new auxiliary voltage regulators. These control the output of the auxiliary generators that run the compressors, blowers, vacuum exhausters, fuel pumps and battery charging, 55009 is in for a C exam ready for railtour duty, work carried on on power units. PU 451 got new internal hoses and work towards fitting new main output shaft seals. 55015 had more work done on no.2 cab electrics and these are nearing completion. There are still a few minor bits to deal with following a run up of 55019 late on.

Thanks to Mick, Dave, Pete x 2, Steve, Chris, Stuart, Ray and Mike.

D9009 charter train update

With D9009 currently planned to be out once each month between June and October, here is a summary of its booked outings:

Saturday 16th June – The Albert Gilmour Memorial tour: 52A Tours advise that there are still some seats available on this trip, featuring ‘ALYCIDON’ from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back – over 500 miles of Deltic haulage on the ECML. Pick-ups are Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York and Doncaster. Full details, and an online booking facility, are available HERE, although DPS members who wish to obtain a £5 discount on advertised fares (one discounted ticket per member) will need to book by post – a downloadable booking form is HERE.

Saturday 21st July – The Talisman: This A1 Steam Locomotive Trust charter from King’s Cross/Potters Bar/Peterborough to Newcastle and back, using 60163 ‘TORNADO’ on the outward leg and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on the return, is now fully booked.

Saturday 25th August – The Deltic Retro Scot III: Retro Railtours’ 10th anniversary tour, taking D9009 on a circular tour from Huddersfield, Marsden, Stalybridge, Manchester, Wigan and Preston to Edinburgh, out via the WCML and back to York via the ECML is now open for online bookings – full details HERE. DPS members can obtain a £5 discount (one per member) by using the postal booking form downloadable HERE.

Saturday 29th September – The Deltic Deviator: A Pathfinder trip from Willington, Ilkeston, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Moorthorpe and York, taking in various Deltic diversionary routes, along with a break in Carlisle and journey over the S&C. The train is currently around half full. Full details and online bookings can be found HERE. Like the 52A and Retro trips, DPS members can benefit from a £5 reduction on the advertised fares on this tour. To obtain the discount, please book direct with the Pathfinder Office (by post, phone or fax) giving your names/DPS membership number(s) of each person you are booking for and a discount of £5 will be given per member.

Sunday 7th October – The Auld Reekie: Another tour from the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust using ‘TORNADO’ and ‘ALYCIDON’, this time from Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds and York to Edinburgh. Steam northbound and Deltic hauled from Edinburgh to Doncaster. Further details can be found HERE.

Volunteer’s View – April 14th 2018

A major event at the DPS depot last weekend, as reported by Graham Clarke:

The refitting of 55019’s repaired and modified silencers concluded successfully on Saturday evening. Stuart, Adrian and Chris finished off connecting up to the silencers, fuel systems were primed, oil and coolant topped up. At around 17:00 the loco was filled with air to operate the brakes, started and driven outside. Once outside, the first engine was checked over, then the second was started for the first time in 18 months. All went well, with a few fuel leaks to attend to, some exhaust system lagging still to fit and an under performing compressor to look at over the next couple of weeks. If time allows, 19 will also get brand new auxiliary voltage regulators. Than you all very much, including the midweek team, as reported earlier this week.

Elsewhere at the depot, Nat and Neil continued work on restoring the interior of D9008. Thank you.

Pete continued rewiring 15’s no.2 end cab lights. This job is now nearing completion. Thanks Pete.

I stripped out the terminal board from 15’s no.1 traction motor terminal box. It failed high voltage testing last week. I’ve cleaned it and varnished it on one side. I’ll do the side next time.

D9009 return from ELR to Barrow Hill

Following a great weekend at the East Lancashire Railway, where ‘ALYCIDON’ worked alongside five Class 40s at the ’40s@60′ event, D9009 is due to depart with the convoy back to York and the Barrow Hill tomorrow (April 17th). Departure is scheduled for lunchtime and the timing schedule can be found HERE and HERE.

The picture below, courtesy of Richard Hargreaves, shows D9009 at Bury during the event, alongside D213 ‘ANDANIA’ and pioneer D200.


Volunteer’s View – April 7th & 12th 2018

Two reports from Graham Clarke this time, covering the Saturday plus events from a few days later:

April 7th at Barrow Hill was a long one. Darrell, Beth, Mike, Stuart and Adrian worked hard on lagging silencers and fitting them to no.19’s centre roof section. The final bolting up of the new joint between the silencers and roof eventually finished at 20:30. Thanks to you all. The roof is going back on on Thursday and the roof and flexible bellows pipes from the power unit will be bolted up on Saturday. Hopefully, that will all culminate in a run up of both units in the afternoon. Thanks to you all for a job well done.

Thanks also to Sheaf Engineering for welding shortening bars to the exhaust bellows. You can’t get them in without it. They stretch out and won’t fit in the gap.

Pete carried on finishing off the cab lighting rewiring on 15. Thanks.

Nat+1 and Beth worked on bits for the cab of D9008 and the new display area. Thank you.

I continuity tested the new traction motor cables and identified them. I then insulation tested them at a 1000V. It looks like no.1 motor terminal box is in need of some insulation attention, it isn’t up to the standard I want.

And this from April 12th:

I’m pleased to report that 55019’s boiler compartment roof and the silencers were successful lifted back into place today and the was roof bolted down.

Thanks very much to Harry Needle Railroad Company and their staff for doing the lifting safely. Thanks also to Geoff, Darrell, Bob, Martin and Mark for their help today.

Further cleaning and painting was also done on the wheelsets.

“Deltic Retro Scot III” – DPS Members Priority Booking

Retro Railtours will shortly be opening bookings for its 10th Anniversary Railtour, “The Deltic Retro Scot III” on Saturday 25th August, which will take D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on a circular outing from Huddersfield/Marsden/Stalybridge/Manchester/Wigan/Preston to Edinburgh, out via the WCML and back to York via the ECML (then Class 67 hauled York-Preston in the evening). We are pleased to advise that the tour is now open for DPS member bookings by post/cheque – there is a £5 discount available on the advertised fares for members booking via this method (ie discounted to £84 Standard, £124 First, £210 Premier dining). Please note one discounted ticket per member only, and remember to include names/membership nos. on the booking form – non-members can be included in your booking, but they must pay the full fare. Retro Railtours will do its best to accommodate DPS members in the front coaches, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For a flyer with further details and a booking form, please CLICK HERE.

D9009 hauls ELR Class 40 convoy

In preparation for this weekend’s forthcoming ’40s@60′ event, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ took three Class 40s (D200, D213 ‘ANDANIA’ and 40012 ‘AUREOL’ to the East Lancashire Railway today, plus 47765 from Ruddington. In the picture below, the convoy is seen at Colton South Junction after collecting the locos from the GCR(N), Barrow Hill and the National Railway Museum.

D9009, along with 50015 ‘VALIANT’, will be providing a supporting ‘EE’ role alongside the five operational Class 40s at the ELR  this weekend (D200 will be appearing in a static capacity). Full details regarding the event, with a timetable/loco roster, can be found HERE . Do join us and everyone else involved for what should be a fantastic weekend!


New tour with D9009 – “The Auld Reekie”

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has announced details of another tour on the ECML featuring both ‘TORNADO’ and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. “The Auld Reekie” is scheduled to run from stations in Yorkshire (Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds and York) to Edinburgh on Sunday 7th October, with D9009 hauling the southbound leg of the train. Full details regarding the trip can be found on the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s website by CLICKING HERE.

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