Bluebell ‘DPS 40′ event – tickets now on sale

The Bluebell Railway has advised that pre-booked tickets for the DPS 40 event to be held on Friday-Sunday October 6-8 are now on sale. Please see URL:
There are also discounted tickets for visitors staying more than one day.

There will be an intensive timetable throughout the weekend with a 12-carriage set due to run on the last train of the day on both Friday and Saturday evenings at 17.30 from Sheffield Park.

Members may well have heard that Martin Walker’s No. 55022 (currently disguised as No. 55018) suffered a quillshaft failure on July 12 whilst en route to Whitby with a NYMR service. The DPS is in touch with Martin offering any help or advice it can. Martin intends to lift out the power unit using the NYMR’s steam crane and place the unit on a wagon. The generator will then be separated. After that, the phasing case will be taken off in order to get at the failed component. Martin does have a spare quillshaft in stock.

At this stage, Martin has no way of knowing if his Deltic will be returned to good health in time for the DPS 40 event. All of us at the DPS wish him the best in mending this popular Deltic.
In the event of it being unable to attend, the Bluebell Railway still intends to run a three-train service, the only alteration being that there will no longer be a lay-over of a loco, each Deltic staying with its own set of carriages throughout the day. The Bluebell Railway’s Class 09 will be giving brakevan trips in similar fashion to when we last visited. This 09 has recently been repainted into BR green and now carries its original number of D4106.
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