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Volunteer’s View – February 10th 2018

Another update from Graham Clarke:

Yesterday at Barrow Hill, work continued on 55015 and power units. 15’s buffers came off last week for overhaul and new springs. Thanks Tom and Geoff. New couplings arrived midweek thanks to Darrell. The old ones are 1982 originals, but are badly worn.a fundraising opportunity perhaps?

Power Units 430, 451 and 417 received attention. 430 and 451 are having their phasing gearboxes prepared for removal. This is to facilitate changing the main output shaft oil seals and hoses inside the triangle of cylinder blocks that are completely inaccessible otherwise. Oil from leaking main output shaft seals damages main generator insulation and the hoses are a ticking time bomb leading to a steamy failure and a power unit change! Thanks to Pete, Mick P, Mick C and Steve.

One of 15’s compressors was completed and is nearly ready to go in. If the crane will reach, this could be next week. Thanks Mike.

Bob and Mark worked on sorting out and preparing air tank fittings. This is a fiddly job that saves masses of installation time. Thanks

Martin and Ray did some foundation work under our mess cabins to facilitate the building inspector. They also helped with the air tank work. Thanks.

I fitted the end connections to 3 new cables going to 15’s no.3 traction motor. I was well chuffed, but running late yesterday.

Thanks again to you all.

Volunteer’s View – February 3rd 2018

An update on activities at the DPS depot on February 3rd from  Graham Clarke:

A story of success and failure. Unfortunately, the planned removal of 55019’s centre roof panel and exhaust silencers did get done. Barrow Hill had kindly arranged for us to use Rampart’s ‘A’ Frame crane that was not tall enough to manage the lift. Thanks to Barrow Hill and Rampart for their assistance. We are now looking at other options when we will have a crane on site.

A start was made on preparing another compressor to replace one motor n 55019. One of the installed ones is worn out and the piston rings are blowing by. The symptom is emulsified oil that looks something like mayonnaise (that’s made by emulsifying egg white and vegetable oil). The cylinder heads were taken off to clean and check the valves and cylinder bores. Everything looks okay. Th the existing motor will be serviced and reused, as the ‘new’ compressor does not have one.

A full day’s work was done on our spare power units, particularly starting to remove the phasing gear case from unit 451. This is to allow the replacement of the main output shaft oil seals and coolant hoses that are inside the triangle of cylinder blocks and can’t be replaced any other way. The existing ones are getting on for 40 years old. We have lived on borrowed time for too long.

Inside 55015 more work was done to replace the no. 2 end lighting wiring. Underneath, the flexible conduits to no.6 traction motor connection box were completed, the 4A Cable had the nipple soldered on and the no.4 traction motor connection box was fitted. No.2 end is now completed.

The exhausters for 55015 were also cleaned ready to fit and work continued on sorting fittings and installing air tanks.

55008’s cab was worked on and sales stock was organised.

A big thanks to Pete S, Steve P, Jon D, Mick C, Martin E, Steve N, Dave G, Mike H-R, Geoff B, Adrian N-G, Steve M, Bob N, Stuart P, Chris H, Pete V, Darrell M, Nat M + one and I hope that’s everyone. Sorry, if I missed anyone. Thank you very much indeed for your hard work. 19 people contributed in total, which is probably a record for a single day.

55019 to star in KWVR 50th Anniversary Gala

The Deltic Preservation Society and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway are delighted to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the line for its 50th Anniversary Gala and will be in action on the railway on June 30th and July 1st. As well as being the line’s 50th Anniversary, 2018 marks 30 years since the KWVR held its first diesel gala, which had a ‘Deltic presence in the form of 55015 ‘TULYAR’ and 55016 ‘GORDON HIGHLANDER’.

‘The Deltic Deviator’ – Saturday 29th September

Pathfinder Tours has now released full details of its next tour featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, which will run on Saturday 29th September. The tour will take D9009 over various diversionary routes – the Durham Coast, Blyth & Tyne and Tyne Valley – as well as the scenic Settle & Carlisle line on the return journey.  The tour starts, Class 68 hauled, at Willington, and picks up at Ilkeston, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Moorthorpe and York where D9009 takes over for the journey north.

Full details regarding ‘The Deltic Deviator’ can be found HERE. We are pleased to advise that DPS members can benefit from a £5 reduction on the advertised fares on this tour. Please note that this discount cannot be applied to bookings made online, and it will not be possible to issue refunds once a booking has been made. 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 (note – this is valid for members only and there is one £5 discount per membership number).

Post -  Pathfinder Tours, Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5EZ. A printable booking form can be obtained by CLICKING HEREPhone – Tel (01453) 835414 or (01453) 834477. Fax – (01453) 834053.

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):



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