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Volunteer’s View – 2nd December 2017

Graham Clarke’s latest update…

Last Saturday at Barrow Hill Bob and Martin carried on fitting air tanks in both nose ends. The reservoirs that go under the traction motor blowers are nearly done, they just need the drain pipes making up. I need to silver solder some end fittings on the one for no.2 end.

Mike carried on fitting remanufactured fuel tank connections and Geoff cleaned 19.

I had a short day, due to plumbing problems at home, but I sorted out that I need different flexible conduit for the traction motor cables on the outer axles. The Adaptaflex I have in stock won’t bend tightly enough to fit. I’ve now bought the modern equivalent of the original conduit.

An overhauled main and auxiliary generator arrived back from Sulzer last Friday. Thanks to Ray, Sulzer, Barrow Hill Roundhouse and Sheaf Engineering for helping to make this happen. A spare traction motor and a second auxiliary generator went away for repair as well.

Many thanks to everyone for this week’s sterling efforts.

Festive social at Doncaster – December 2nd

It’s that time of year again – DPS member John Herbert has organised a get-together for Deltic followers over a drink or two at the Corner Pin pub in Doncaster (around 5 mins walk from the station), which will take place this coming Saturday (December 2nd) from 17.00 onwards. Snacks (cheese, crackers, pork pies etc, and battenberg of course) will be available.

Volunteer’s View – November 18th 2017

Graham Clarke’s latest report….

It was a useful day at Barrow Hill yesterday.

Ray and Geoff steam cleaned and painted the roof of our mess cabin with special paint.

Pete carried on with 15’s cab lighting rewiring.

Steve our fabricator carried on with fitting jacket pocket doors, but had a few problems with countersunk rivets. It might be screws and locknuts now.

I made a cutting jig for 40mm flexible conduit. I managed to make a prototype for one of the conduits from the underside of nose floor to no.6 traction motor connection box. I’m going to need help to fit, due to the weight and stiffness of the cable. No amount of swearing helped, although I did manage to connect one of the adaptors, but not the one I wanted. Hopefully, I’ll be in full production next week. I also now have the right solder for the cable ends.

Thank you to everyone for their help and your interest in what’s happening in the DPS Deltic Depot.

55019 to visit Severn Valley in 2018

Following on from its popular visits in previous years, we are pleased to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway again in May 2018. As well as appearing at the Diesel Gala (on May 17-19), it will also be used on Footplate Experiences on May 14/15/22, more details of which can be found on the SVR’s website by CLICKING HERE.

Volunteer’s View – November 11th 2017

Graham Clarke was back at Barrow Hill last weekend…

It was back to normal at Barrow Hill after rail tours and meetings in York.

Steve was busy with the mammoth clean of 19’s engine room ready for painting. The power unit team were busy checking fuel systems on spare engine 417 and found a part missing from the fuel rack control links. Without it, there would be no control of the fuel pumps, catastrophic for the engine, if the racks were open. Bob and Ray worked on air tank fittings and non-return valves that weren’t working. They also fixed a new light outside the depot main door. We’ll be able to see once a bulb the right size is procured! I sorted out the logistics of getting a repaired main and auxiliary generator into the depot, as well as working on traction motor cable connections under 15. I need to have this ready for when the new bogies are ready. The axles are at the balancers and will be back soon ready for final assembly! Darrell worked on sales. Thank you to Pete, Steve x 2, Mick, Bob, Darrell and Ray

D9009 Knottingley visit

Today’s event at Knottingley, organised by DB Cargo to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, proved to be a great success. D9009 ran from York to the event as planned (but slightly later than scheduled), and is seen below at Sherburn in Elmet.

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Tomorrow’s return working takes place in the afternoon and should be worth going out for! If you’re going out for a photo, remember the clocks have changed and it will get dark an hour earlier. Expected timings:

Knottingley-Milford HERE ; Milford-Neville Hill HERE ; Neville Hill-York NRM HERE.

D9009 to attend Knottingley tomorrow

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be a last minute attendee at Knottingley depot, which is opening its doors to the public for a guided tour tomorrow to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The request for the loco to attend came from DB Cargo, and we are pleased to support this charity event. The loco is due to leave York at 09.00 tomorrow morning and make the short journey to the depot – timings are HERE. It will return to York on Sunday (timings TBA). Details concerning the event are at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/db-cargo

The Swanage Belle – Saturday October 21st

Although online advance bookings for this train hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ have now closed, Pathfinder Tours have advised that they still have seats remaining in all classes – anyone wishing to travel who has not already booked should go along to the Buffet coach [labelled D] to buy tickets (cash only). Pick-up and set down points are Burton (04.30/23.15), Birmingham NS (05.15/22.40), Stourbridge Junction (05.40/22.10), Kidderminster (05.55/21.55), Droitwich Spa (06.20/21.40), Worcester SH (06.30/21.20), Cheltenham Spa (07.00/20.30), Stroud (07.20), Cam & Dursley (20.10).

The outward run is via Swindon, Reading avoider and Winchester, returning via Salisbury, Westbury and Bath Spa. For full timings showing the full route, please see the pages on Open Train Times HERE (outward) and HERE (return). We would welcome any pictures for inclusion on the DPS Website, please send these to webmasterATthedps.co.uk .

Volunteer’s View – October 14th 2017

Graham Clarke is back at Barrow Hill…

It was back to normal at Barrow Hill last Saturday after the celebrations last weekend at the fabulous, friendly Bluebell Railway.

55019 got partly cleaned and will be finished over the next week or two. It’s a devil of a job to get off, if you leave it. Thanks to Geoff and Mike.

Nat and her boyfriend carried on refurbishing interior parts for the cab of 55008. They are looking really good. Thanks to both of you.

Pete carried on with rewiring 55015’s cab and exterior lighting. Thanks Pete.

I was a bit delayed and ended up working with our fabricator on new fuel tank connections for 55015. Some have got broken or have disappeared down the years. This went well and we managed to successfully bend some new pipes to the right radius using our hydraulic pipe bender. Bend it a little bit, move it a small amount forwards and bend it again works best. You eventually build up the required radius in small increments. Trying to bend it in one go just buckles the pipe. The first jacking pocket door Steve has sorted out and fitted looks brilliant, especially now it has the catches fitted.

Thanks Ray for preparing to alter our lifting frames tomorrow. This should facilitate easier lifting operations in the future.

Bluebell Postscript

Mike Hallam-Rudd writes…

I would just like to thank all of those who have helped the Society in recent months to get our locos and D9002 ready for this prestigious event which went off without one single hitch. Many people played a part in this event, from those in the background who just got on and did what needed doing, to those in the front seat who showed what the 3 locos could do 35 years after retirement, a credit to ALL who look after them and supported them and the team. Many thanks to all including Darrell and his team of merry volunteers who turn up at all events they can to raise the cash so the engineers can spend it, enabling the jobs to be done.

If you missed the event, well I am sorry but you missed a marvellous weekend. If you have not visited the Bluebell then I would strongly recommend a visit, a lovely line with some well restored period rolling stock and loco’s in beautiful surroundings.

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(55019 at Horsted Keynes during the event on 07/10/17)

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