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D9009 – an update

The failure of DPS-owned Class 55 D9009 Alycidon on the southbound ‘Auld Reekie’ rail tour from Edinburgh, which saw the locomotive failed at Berwick, has turned out to be more serious than originally thought. Initially, two traction motors were isolated at Dunbar following a loud ‘bang’ but difficulty in obtaining power saw the driver call it a day at Berwick.

Subsequent investigations have revealed a large power surge has damaged all 6 traction motors and one of the two main generators has also be affected. The damage is not consistent with what could be termed a ‘normal’ flashover where current arcs from one brush box too the next. There is a burn mark on the roof of D9009 and also on the inside of the engine room roof.

It is highly probable that the six traction motors will need to be professionally repaired, necessitating lifting the locomotive to gain access to the bogies. It is not known if the affected main generator will require similar attention Should this be necessary, the complete power unit will need lifting out and the generator removed.

The DPS has regrettably had to inform Pathfinder Tours that the locomotive will not be repaired in time to run ‘The Harrogate & Humber Deltic Reprise’ on May 11 but hopes this tour can be scheduled at a later date.

The DPS wishes to thank DB Cargo, the operator of the ‘Auld Reekie’ tour, for its exceptional co-operation and assistance with this incident. Investigations continue to establish the cause of the damage.

As you may have already seen, we are now in a position to accept online donations – many thanks to those of you who have already done so. Well wishers who want to see this Deltic back on the main line are invited to make a donation using the link button to the right.

Online donations

A big thank you to everyone who responded to our request for donations last month. A few people have asked about the possibility of being able to donate online, and we are pleased to report that this facility in now available through Virgin Money Giving. You can donate using a credit/debit card or using a Paypal account, and if you are a UK taxpayer, there is an option to make a gift aid declaration online, enabling us to collect an additional 25% on your donation at no cost to you.

Our Virgin Money Giving page can be accessed by clicking the link HERE. We have to pay a 2% transaction fee on donations made in this way, but, if you wish to, you can cover the cost of this to ensure we receive the full amount (a £15 donation has a fee of 30p, so it is still cheaper than buying a stamp and putting a cheque in the post). Many thanks in advance for your support.

Statement regarding failure of D9009

On 03/03/2019, whilst working the return leg of the A1 Trust’s “Auld Reekie” Charter, DPS class 55 loco D9009 Alycidon appears to have suffered from a high voltage power surge, which has damaged No2 generator and all six traction motors of the fully freshly overhauled cast bogies that were being run in under Alycidon whilst D9009′s own fabricated bogies are awaiting repair.

The cast bogies are intended to help complete 55015 to mainline standards and investigations into this event (which was not a flash over but an instant arcing across the brush boxes on the TMs to the frames and 1 generator brush box to frame) are ongoing.

Initially, speaking with industry electrical experts, the voltage to damage all six motors in one strike must have been equivalent to the loco being struck by lightning. The loco at the time was travelling at around 85 mph keeping to booked time and on medium amps of around 1100. At the time of the incident a blanket ban was in place on the movement of electric traction on the route as there was an ongoing OHLE incident in place. Conditions on the day were deteriorating wind and rain.

As most Deltic enthusiasts will be aware, Alycidon has had a 100% charter delivery record over the last 8 years and it is a great disappointment that this now leaves (hopefully temporarily) no Deltic option for the immediate future on charters. We are currently working with our charter providers on the best way to resolve this particularly with Pathfinder & May 11th charter in mind.

The DPS, as always, wish to thank all those involved with and who support the society and the three locos, we hope to have Alycidon repaired as soon as possible, however, this takes time and money, which having spent since 2012 working towards and raising funds for overhauled bogies now needs a fresh appeal. Anyone wishing to donate to help the volunteers return Alycidon to service please drop a line to chairman@thedps.co.uk, your help to do this would be much appreciated.

Results – Christmas Draw 2016

The draw took place in the Depot at Barrow Hill on 14th January as planned.   The winning numbers are as follows:

1. 02298 – £250

2. 08174 – £100

3. 13695 – £100

4. 13621 – £50

5. 10361 – £50

6. 01861 – £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.

£3,221 worth of tickets were sold this year compared to £2,725 last year.  After deducting ticket printing costs and prizes, £2,459 has been raised. £38 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 and letters with their entries.  It is always nice to receive them and the 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 New Year and for another exciting 40th Anniversary Deltic year ahead!

Graham Clarke

 

DPS Christmas Raffle results

The draw took place in the Depot at Barrow Hill on 16th January as planned.   The winning numbers are as follows:

1. 01859 – £250

2. 13304 – £100

3. 01852 – £100

4. 06491 – £50

5. 02686 – £50

6. 02026 – £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.

£2,725 worth of tickets were sold this year compared to £2,989 last year.  After deducting ticket printing costs and prizes, £2,033 has been raised. £70 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 and letters with their entries.  It is always nice to receive them and the good wishes are very much appreciated.

I wish you all well for the New Year and for another exciting Deltic year ahead!

Graham Clarke

DPS Raffle Winners

The draw for the DPS Christmas 2013 raffle took place at our depot at Barrow Hill on January 11th. The winning ticket numbers are as follows:

1st prize (£250) – 07729

2nd prize (£100 or Bachmann model) – 11728

3rd prize (£100 or print) – 01031

4th prize (£50) – 13938

5th prize (£50) – 04594

6th prize (£50) – 09257

Please contact Graham Clarke on 07976 282396 to claim your prize. Many thanks to everyone who took part.

 

DPS article in ‘TRACTION’ magazine

Many of you will no doubt have seen the excellent article by Trevor Bruford on the DPS depot at Barrow Hill, which appeared in issue 216 of ‘TRACTION’ magazine. We are now pleased to be able to reproduce the article here, courtesy of the magazine’s Editor, Stephen Rabone. It is published in PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking the link here .

For more details of ‘TRACTION’ magazine, including details of how to subscribe or to obtain a back copy of issue 216, please visit the magazine’s website at http://www.atlanticpublishers.com/magazines/traction/

New DPS Sales Catalogue available

With Christmas around the corner, why not take a look at the new DPS Sales Catalogue which has just been released? We have a number of new items including D9009 travel mugs and tins of sweets and there are plenty of other items which would make ideal presents. The catalogue can be downloaded by clicking here.

Alternatively, if you are shopping online for other presents or goods, just visit http://www.spendandraise.com/thedps/ and follow the links through to the hundreds of retailers listed – from Amazon to BHS to WH Smiths. We earn a small commission fro purchases made in this way, and it costs you nothing extra.

2013 Christmas Draw

We are extremely sorry, but due to an error, the full article about this year’s raffle does not appear in the current issue of Deltic Deadline.  The full article is reproduced below; including important information about what to do to enter the draw and other advice to help it run smoothly.  The draw itself is not affected in any way by the error and it will proceed as normal.
If anyone needs anything further, please contact me using the contact details inside the back cover of Deltic Deadline.

Thank you for you understanding and good luck.

Merry Christmas,

Graham Clarke

 

The draw will take place after lunch on the 11th of January 2013 at the Depot.

Our Society has had a busy and successful year, but we cannot rest on our laurels.  There will always be something new to challenge us and stretch us to achieve more than we have done before.  Alycidon needs keeping mainline certified, RHF needs keeping in good order for use on preserved lines (where it’s more accessible to members) and Tulyar needs completing.

To illustrate what I am describing, I’ll give some examples:

  • Alycidon needs some spare NRN radios, because GSM-R has not replaced NRN as envisaged and the old system is still needed ~ £500-£1,000;
  • Annual certification cost for mainline use ~ >£2,500;
  • Oil and Fuel filters ~ £400 per power unit;
  • Speedometer calibration ~ £400;
  • Overhaul of Tulyar’s new bogies ~ could be £50,000;
  • Generator and heavy service ~ £5,000 (2 needed for Tulyar);
  • Overhauled governor, fuel pumps and fuel injectors ~ >£6,000 per power unit, depending on condition and how quickly you want them;
  • And the list continues.

I suspect some will say we’ve got the begging bowl out again and roll their eyes.  I view it more that this Society would not exist and we would not be able to enjoy Deltics in the 21st Century without the generosity of our members and our many friends going right back to the park in Northhampton, where our three founder members decided it was possible to save a Deltic for the future and keep it running.  Hence, we keep asking for your support and I run this raffle every year.

We are now getting to a point in our engineering lifecycle, where we have to carry out some serious engineering on bogies and power units to allow us to move forward.  Therefore, fundraising is going to become even more critical than ever before.  We will have to invest in new facilities and contract to get some of the big jobs done that are beyond what we can do ourselves.  Also, if you know anyone who can help us with lifting equipment at the right price for our power units, please contact me.  There will be more information on this in the run up to next year’s AGM in York.  The strategy is being actively worked on at the moment.

So, please could I ask everyone to really try to sell as many tickets as possible this year?  If you can’t sell some tickets, then please could you think about doing some other form of fundraising?  Every little helps and everybody’s support is really appreciated.

Now some polite requests:

  • Due to legislation, tickets may only be bought and sold by persons who are at least 16 years old.  We will endeavour not to send tickets to members under 16.  However, if you are under 16 and receive any tickets, please pass them to an adult;
  • Please only send tickets to me: Graham Clarke, DPS, c/o 12 Baskin Lane, Beeston, NOTTINGHAM.  NG9 5GA.  Tickets sent to other DPS Officers often miss the draw and cause unnecessary work and expense;
  • Please make cheques payable to the Deltic Preservation Society and not me personally.  I cannot cash incorrectly made out cheques and tickets cannot be accepted without a valid cheque;
  • Please return your tickets, if you do not want them;
  • Please fully complete all of the counterfoils.  I cannot pay prizes to people, if I don’t know who they are!
  • Please make sure that you have enclosed payment for the tickets.   People do regularly forget to send a cheque with their tickets.

Where you have asked us not to, we endeavour not to send raffle tickets to you.  I apologise in advance, to those of you who object to receiving tickets.  If you feel that you should not have received them, please throw them away.  Thank you to the Editor and the team for packing the tickets with your copy of Deadline.  The raffle would not happen without their hard work.

Good luck and compliments of the season to you all!

Graham Clarke
Promoter

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