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DPS members day next weekend

Next Saturday (October 20th) see the DPS Members Day take place at the Great Central Railway. Further to the previous notification regarding free travel on the Deltic hauled daytime services with wristbands, the GCR has asked that, where possible, DPS members should join the train at Loughborough where these will be available. The TTIs on board the train will also have a few wristbands available – please do not attempt to obtain at Quorn, Rothley and Leicester booking offices.

As a reminder, the trains hauled by 55019 will be 10.20/12.00/14.00 ex Loughborough and 11.05/12.45/14.45 ex Leicester North. In addition, ‘RHF’ will also work the evening Fish & Chip special for those who have pre-booked on this.

55019 will also be in action at the GCR on Sunday 21st October working the same daytime services as above. Standard fares apply on this day.

 

Volunteer’s View – Saturday October 6th

Graham Clarke is back from his travels:

It’s been a little while since my last update from the Deltic Preservation S Depot at Barrow Hill. I’ve been away on holiday photographing trains in Southern California. The trains are bigger there, much longer, heavier and more locos. The scenery is also spectacular.

Anyway, that’s enough from overseas. The office upstairs in the second floor cabin now has a new worktop without a superfluous water heater and sink. We already have one in the mess room downstairs. The double door filling cabinets are in place and two tables are coming to work at. Finance, engineering and volunteer records are going in steadily. Thanks to Ray, John, Mike, Dave and Geoff.

The cab of ‘THE GREEN HOWARDS’ is now looking tidy in green primer. Thanks to Nat, Beth, Nigel and James.

15 now has the couplings back in and new split cotter pins to lock the huge 4” across fixing nut in place. While they were out, the hooks were checked for wear and professionally crack tested. Everything is in good order. Thanks to Pete, Steve, Dave G and Mick.

Dave and Pete also looked at a damaged thread in the casting where the engine coolant temperature probes fit. It’s going to need a replacement thread putting in or an oversized dry pocket fitting. Thanks. Yesterday was partly with Pete and Hairy Steve planning for working parties on ‘TULYAR’ and sorting out ready for that. It’s exciting to think about increased progress and the possibility of loco completion.

Steve was busy painting buffer beams and inside jacking pockets. Thanks.

Ray’s also been busy on forklift maintenance, depot electrical maintenance and lifting tackle.. All stuff that goes largely unnoticed, but is essential to the safe operation of the depot. John has also obtained new safety banners and display banners. It’s a big visual improvement.

If I have missed anyone or anything, then I apologise in advance. I’ve not been around.

DPS Members Day/Deltic Running Weekend at GCR – October 20th/21st

The next event featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Great Central Railway will take place on October 20th/21st, when the Deltic is rostered to work three round daytime trips on both days (10.20/12.00/14.00 ex Loughborough and 11.05/12.45/14.45 ex Leicester North).

The Saturday also doubles up as DPS Members Day and on this day, DPS members can travel for free on these Deltic hauled services on production of a valid DPS membership card (one ticket per member), and you will be given a wristband, which will also entitle you to a free pint on the evening Fish & Chip special if you have booked on that (please note that this is currently fully booked). During the day, there will be the chance to meet and chat with several DPS board members, and there will also be a raffle with the chance to win a cab ride on 55019. Darrell will also have a number of Sales items for sale. We look forward to seeing many members at this event.

Another successful outing for D9009

D9009 completed another successful trip today, working Pathfinder’s ‘Deltic Deviator’ tour from York to Carlisle and back, covering a number of traditional Deltic diversionary routes (the Durham Coast, Blythe & Tyne and Newcastle to Carlisle) and returning via the Settle & Carlisle line. The picture below shows the train at Appleby on the return working during a photo-stop/leg stretch. D9009 is returning to Willington on the rear of the tour and then to Nemesis Rail at Burton.

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‘The Deltic Deviator ‘ – Saturday 29th September

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to run light engine from Barrow Hill to York tomorrow (Friday 28th September), in readiness for its appearance at the head of Saturday’s Pathfinder tour, ‘The Deltic Deviator’ to Carlisle via a variety of traditional Deltic diversionary routes. Departure from Barrow Hill is scheduled at 11.20 and full timings can be found by clicking HERE.

Full details concerning the trip, along with confirmed pick-up and set-down times can be found on Pathfinder’s website on THIS PAGE. A Class 68 will haul the morning/evening legs between Willington and York and full timings for the trup can be found at the following links: OUTWARD / RETURN . We look forward to seeing many of you on board or at the lineside.

October 7th tour postponed to 2019

Please note that the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s ‘Auld Reekie’ tour from Doncaster to Edinburgh on Sunday October 7th and featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on the southbound leg, has been postponed and will now run on March 3rd 2019. For further information concerning the postponement, please see the Tornado repair update on the A1SLT’s website by clicking HERE.  Full details concerning the trip can be found here HERE.

55019 running at GCR Beer Festival – September 21st-23rd

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be operating for three days (Friday September 21st to Sunday September 23rd) as part of the Great Central Railway’s beer festival which features bars at Loughborough Central, Quorn & Woodhouse and Rothley.  Booked workings for 55019 are:

Friday September 21st: 12.30/14.00/15.45/17.30/19.10 ex Loughborough, 13.15/14.45/16.30/18.15/20.00 ex Leicester North.

Saturday September 22nd: 12.00/14.00/16.15/18.00/20.00 ex Loughborough, 12.45/14.45/17.00/18.45/20.45 ex Leicester North.

Sunday September 23rd: 10.20/12.00/14.00/16.15 ex Loughborough, 11.05/12.45/14.45/17.00 ex Leicester North.

Further details concerning the event and links to full timetables for each day can be found on the Great Central Railway’s website by clicking HERE.

The Waverley Re-Union – Saturday January 5th 2019

Pathfinder Tours has announced details of the first ‘Deltic’ hauled railtour of 2019, which will see D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ running as D9007 ‘PINZA’ on ‘The Waverley Re-Union’ tour to Tweedbank, marking the 50th anniversary of the colsure of the Waverley route. The last train, which was hauled by ‘PINZA’ (hence the renumbering/renaming for the day), ran 50 years ago to the day on January 5th 1969.

Pick-ups for the tour are Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington BQ, Wigan NW, Preston and Carlisle. For full details and to make a booking, please visit Pathfinder Tours’ website by CLICKING HERE.

D9009 on ‘The Talisman’

Despite a slightly late start from Newcastle, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ arrived at King’s Cross a few minutes early with the southbound leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour, ‘The Talisman’ this evening. The picture below, kindly supplied by Andrew Watts, shows the loco on ‘home territory’ after arrival at King’s Cross.

D9009 is due to return from Wembley to Barrow Hill tomorrow afternoon, and booked timings for this move can be found HERE.

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Volunteer’s View -September 1st & 8th 2018

Graham Clarke writes:

A joint update for the last two Saturdays. The steps were completed to the upper cabin by Ray and Dave.

Nat, Beth and Nigel continued with the restoration of 55008’s cab. It’s now looking much tidier both inside and out.

Steve prepared and primer painted the areas behind 55015’s buffers and the new inner jacking pocket doors.

I spent most of the day attending to a faulty driver’s safety device (deadman’s) system on D9009 that intermittently goes off when the loco is in engine only, which it shouldn’t. This then initiates an alarm call to the signaller on the GSM-R radio that you have to cancel very quickly. It found some dirty contacts below the master controller (power handle). I also cleaned all the others while the cover was off. It tested okay, but there’s nothing like real operational prove all really is okay! The photos show the contacts stripped down for cleaning and going through the sequence from off, through reverse to engine only and into forward.

Thanks to you all for your support.

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