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55019 on SVR mid-week diagram this week

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is the rostered motive power for the Severn Valley Railway’s midweek diesel diagram from tomorrow (Tuesday) until Friday. The booked workings, which provide an ‘easy day out’ with a break at Highley, are:

11.40 Kidderminster-Highley, 14.05 Highley-Bridgnorth, 15.20 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

Two steam locos will also be in action and the full timetable can be found at

Volunteer’s view – 30/08/14

This week’s report comes from Darrell Marsh:

Today at the depot with myself were Geoff, Ray and Robin. Geoff continued removing the crud from underneath No2 end. It appears there is more under this end than No1 end but seems to be coming off easier. Ray and Robin continued with various jobs around the depot. As i was unable to do the jobs I planned (no extra hands to help), I decided to empty, clean and re-stock the sales display stand and shelves at the bottom of the depot behind Tulyar then prepared stock for next weekend at the Soar Valley Railway Exhibition in Loughborough.

55019 on SVR Diesel Diagram tomorrow

As advised earlier this month, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is the booked power for the diesel diagram at the Severn Valey Railway tomorrow (Saturday 30th August). The diagram is:

09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster

It is planned that 55019 will carry a wreath in memory of Martin Harris, former Volunteer Liaison Officer for the loco, who passed away suddenly last month.

Volunteers view – 23/08/14

Graham Clarke writes:

Mike, Geoff, Tom P and I have been to the SVR today. The others have been washing and trying to polish 55019 in between the heavy showers. They are good for rinsing, but that’s all. It looks nice though and it’s out next Saturday with me as travelling fitter. I’ve been testing engine temperature probes. It did not go very well and I need a more accurate heat source and a more accurate way to measure the temperature. Back to the drawing board, although the warning lights for high water temperature are working ok.

55019 running at SVR on Bank Holiday Monday

Members and other ‘Deltic’ fans are reminded that 55019 will be operating at the Severn Valley Railway on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August. The loco will work two round trips from Kidderminster, timed as follows:

09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster

Severn Valley update

It is planned that later this month, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will carry a wreath in memory of Martin Harris, former VLO for the loco, who sadly passed away last month. He was heavily involved in the loco, which was his favourite Deltic, for many years streching back to the days on the NYMR.

The wreath will be carried on an additional running day which will take place on Saturday 30th August when the loco is now rostered to work two round trips on the usual diesel turn, ie 09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster..

Working Parties at Barrow Hill

With all the recent news regarding workings at the Severn Valley and East Lancashire Railways, we must not forget the work being done on ‘TULYAR’ at Barrow Hill. Members are reminded that, in addition to the regular Saturday working parties, there are working parties on Wednesdays roughly twice a month. The next Wednesday parties are on 20th August, 3rd/17th September and 1st/15th October. Any members interested in helping out, please contact Mike Hallam-Rudd – there is plenty to do, no matter what abilities you have.

In addition, there will be a cleaning party at the Severn Valley Railway on Saturday 23rd August in advance of 55019 operating two days later. Willing helpers (with plenty of rags!) should again contact Mike Hallam-Rudd.

D9009 to join 55019 for SVR Gala

The Severn Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala, which takes place on Thursday 2nd October-Saturday 4th October, will feature D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ as well as 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ which has been visiting the line for the season. D9009 will move from the East Lancashire Railway after the gala there on 27th/28th September, and will return to the ELR with 55019 in tow in time for the East Coast weekend on 11th/12th October.

55019 to operate at ELR on November 8th

Following its summer visit to the Severn Valley Railway, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will return north via the East Lancashire Railway, where it will operate for one day only on Saturday 8th November. This is the day after D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ haules the evening ‘Diesel Diner’ (see story further down) so will provide a good weekend of ‘Deltic’ action.

The full list of running days at the ELR for the remainder of the visit reads:

Saturday/Sunday 6th/7th September (D9009 on diesel diagram), Saturday/Sunday 27th/28th September (D9009 running at Diesel Gala),  Saturday/Sunday October 11th/12th (D9009 running at ECML event), Friday 7th November (D9009 on Diesel Diner), Saturday 8th November (55019 running on Diesel Theme Day), Monday 10th November (D9009 on Diesel Footplate Experience).

Volunteer’s View – 09/08/14

Another report from Graham Clarke this week, with some progress on the society’s spare power units:

It’s been a productive day at Barrow Hill. More work has been done on fuel tanks by Mike and Tom. They are not far from completed. There are still some retaining studs missing, the engine connections to sort out and a balance pipe that’s just too short. In the power unit store, Unit 439 has been turned a little for the first time in many years. Unit 419 has been primed with oil, but is not wanting to turn yet. More oil will be pumped in next week. Hopefully it will free off once the oil soaks through. I’ve been marking up wiring diagrams with the cables that have been replaced to work out what needs testing. I’ll be starting in earnest next week. There are now some engine room light fittings too. Thanks to the midweek volunteers, Darrell, Beth and Pete.


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