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55019 to work NVR ‘fish & chip’ special on October 18th

Due to the non-availability of the booked steam loco, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be hauling the Nene Valley Railway’s Fish & Chip special this coming Friday (October 18th). The train leaves Wansford at 19.00 and arrived back at 21.35.

We have been advised that, due to a cancellation, there are currently 16 spare seats on this train. To make a booking, please contract the Nene Valley Railway directly on 01780 784444 and ask for Kerry. The price is £25 per person and there is a minimum age limit of 12 years old.

Volunteer’s View – late September to early October

Recent reports from Darrell Marsh and Graham Clarke…

September 19th: A working party at BH with me, Bob, Martin, Nigel, John J, John G, Mike and Howard attending, some for part of the day and some all day.

Mike had a refresher on both forklifts and Nigel and Howard were trained on the Doosan. All passed.

Other work carried out today included the following:
John J and Bob worked on the lagging for the collector drum on PU417. Hooks were sourced and fitted to two pieces. These were then fitted to the back piece on the drum. Further hooks will need to be removed from old lagging and more copper wire bought. Work on this will continue at the next working party on Wednesday 2nd October.
Martin separated and cleaned the last three PU feet. New pads can now be fitted. New rubber is still to be sourced.
As the weather was good Nigel continued with the cab doors for the cab outside as there was more sanding to be done.
John G made a welcome return to the midweek working parties and spent the day painting cab components for 55008 and did most of the tea making.
Along with supervising the volunteers I made a start on the yearly stocktake.

October 2nd: The latest midweek working day with me, Bob, Mark, Nigel, Trevor, John J, and Geoff attending. Overall I think we had a good day though it would have been useful if I could have cloned two more of me. During the day the following was carried out:

Bob and John carried on with the lagging on the collector drum on PU417.
Mark tidied stores floor to allow fork truck in to retrieve radiators, assisted me loading van for SVR and worked on some components for the cab.
Nigel continues with cab and nose end doors on 55008′s cab
Trevor search for bolts etc in readiness to start fitting the radiators and removed the two broken gutter drain pipes on D9015.
Geoff degreased the buffer taken apart by Dave on Saturday.
I loaded van with sales stock for the SVR gala, helped Trevor finding bolts, met Greg and David to sort website and met a supplier who can supply a rubber gasket we need for the PU feet the midweek team have been working on.

Darrell Marsh

Now a report from Graham Clarke:

From my own point of view, I have made further progress with connecting, continuity testing and insulation resistance testing the end to end wiring for the traction motor blowers and vacuum exhauster wiring. Everything is satisfactory. I’ve also started getting ready to connect up the fuel pumps. I need some metric to imperial conduit adapters to go into the motor terminal boxes. The new conduit adapter is metric and larger in diameter than the old imperial thread in the terminal box. Both Nigels and Beth worked on 55015’s lower green band, cant rail and doors for 55008.

Last Saturday, Mike and I got the radiators down ready to fit into 55015, re-stacked the spare oil radiators and found enough nose compartment air filters for 55015. New ones would cost about £2,500, so it was a profitable afternoon! They need some handles removing to make them fit, which is quite easy. After Mike left, I checked the traction motor cabling, because I thought I had wired some of the connection boxes under 55015 back to front, but I haven’t. Phew!

Lastly, the new traction current ammeters have arrived for 55015, courtesy of Mike and Trent Instruments.

A very big thank you to everyone who contributed over the last couple of weeks.

Nene Valley Roster – Saturday & Sunday

The loco roster is now available for Saturday/Sunday of this weekend’s gala at the Nene Valley Railway and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is booked to work as follows:

SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER
08.40 Wansford-Peterborough
09.20 Peterborough-Wansford
11.10 Yarwell-Wansford
11.20 Wansford-Peterborough
12.20 Peterborough-Wansford (with 37109)
14.10 Yarwell-Wansford (with 37109)
14.55 Peterborough-Wansford
15.30 Wansford-Yarwell
17.20 Wansford-Peterborough (with D8568 & 37109)
17.55 Peterborough-Wansford (with D8568 & 37109)

SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER
11.10 Yarwell-Wansford
11.20 Wansford-Peterborough
12.20 Peterborough-Wansford (with 37109)
14.10 Yarwell-Wansford (with 37109)
14.55 Peterborough-Wansford
15.30 Wansford-Yarwell
17.20 Wansford-Peterborough (with D8568 & 37109)
17.55 Peterborough-Wansford (with D8568 & 37109)

The full timetable for Saturday is HERE and Sunday is HERE.

Nene Valley loco roster (Friday)

Loco allocations for the Friday of the Nene Velly Railway gala have now been received, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is booked to work as follows on Friday October 11th:

11.20 Wansford-Peterborough (double headed with 37109, Class 37 leading)
11.56 Peterborough-Wansford (double headed with 37109, Deltic leading)
14.50 Wansford-Peterborough (double headed with D8568, Clayton leading)
15.26 Peterborough-Wansford (double headed with D8568, Deltic leading)

The full timetable for the day can be obtained by clicking HERE.

Volunteer’s View – September 21st 2019

Graham Clarke writes:

Another update from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill. Last Saturday saw a busy and successful day.

Firstly, a report from Darrell on activities the previous Thursday: The latest working party at BH with me, Bob, Martin, Nigel, John J, John G, Mike and Howard attending, some for part of the day and some all day.

Mike had a refresher on both forklifts and Nigel and Howard were trained on the Doosan. All passed.

Other work carried out today included the following:
John J and Bob worked on the lagging for the collector drum on PU417. Hooks were sourced and fitted to two pieces. These were then fitted to the back piece on the drum. Further hooks will need to be removed from old lagging and more copper wire bought. Work on this will continue at the next working party on Wednesday 2nd October.
Martin separated and cleaned the last three PU feet. New pads can now be fitted. New rubber is still to be sourced.
As the weather was good Nigel continued with the cab doors for the cab outside as there was more sanding to be done.
John G made a welcome return to the midweek working parties and spent the day painting cab components for 55008 and did most of the tea making.
Along with supervising the volunteers I made a start on the yearly stocktake.

Turning to last Saturday;

Dave and Pete, with a little interference from Ray and I, stripped the first of 55015’s buffers down. The old springs have lost their springiness leading to loose buffer heads that fail inspection. The other 3 will be stripped, everything cleaned, checked, greased and reassembled with a new spring.

Hairy Steve was beavering away on details in 15’s engine room. This included sort out new body side window screw requirements, including drill bits, nuts and washers. The bits will need ordering from a supplier in York. We also sorted out a way to get around two of the body side internal handrails fixings being missing. We fashioned something similar from a threaded rivnut and a tab washer.

Beth was on light duties due to her knee operation. Nigel L and young Alex were doing some bodywork preparation and priming on one of 15’s cant rails that was burned when it was straightened a while ago.

Geoff was working away on various bits and pieces preparing and painting them to the usual very high standard.

Mick and Martin were busy replacing some damaged air pipes in the nose of 55105. Unfortunately, they ran out of pipe and need to get some more.

Nigel J arrived later and carried on sanding and painting the cab doors for 55008’s cab.

Ray was also there generally helping out and sorting out the stores.

Altogether, it was a successful week and I’m most grateful to everyone who volunteered. Thanks to you all.

 

NVR Driver Experiences completed

The final driver experiences were completed on the Nene Valley Railway on Thursday/Friday 19/20 September. The loco performing well and again in stunning weather, with all participants having a good day out. Below shows 55019 on 19 September on one of the photo stops along the line. Next operating dates will be over the three day diesel gala on Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11/12/13 of October, after which the loco will return home. (Report & Pic: Stuart Page)

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Volunteer’s View – August 31st to September 7th 2019

An update from Graham Clarke covering the last couple of weeks at Barrow Hill:

It’s been a little quiet, due to various external commitments.

The following’s been achieved:

Steve – steam cleaning of cubicle doors and covers from 55015. One door is ex D9018 Ballymoss!

The remaining negative wire in 55015’s no.2 control cubicle was traced and the traction motor blower wiring was checked successfully. Thanks to Pete V for helping with these tasks.

Both overhauled generators in store were insulation tested and found in very good order. Thanks to Pete S for helping me.

Alex – prepared and primed various areas of damaged paintwork on 55015.

I reviewed a number of engineering documents to find the test specifications for earth fault relays.

Darrell- returned sales stock after the GCR Gala and made a start on the yearly stocktake
Trevor- unbolted bearer pads on 55015, 13 were successfully removed the others require further attention.
Nigel- painted inside the nose end of the cab from D9008.

Nigel and Beth painted the first of the new display boards.

Volunteer’s View – August 17th & 24th 2019

Graham Clarke has a lengthy update from Barrow Hill:

Two Saturday’s ago we had a meeting to discuss how to best further the completion of 55015. It was well attended and positive. We discussed how best to communicate about the work that’s going on and I think some positives came out of that conversation. It can be quite difficult to co-ordinate when there are working days on more than one day per week. I thank everyone for there tremendous contribution to the efforts they put into all three locos.

At the end of the meeting Peter gave another short training session on the maintenance of motors and generators. Thank you, I think it was well received and informative.

Geoff has been busy painting the foot steps ready to go onto 55015 when it’s ready to receive them. They’ll go on one the panels under the cab doors are fitted. They are off at the moment to allow access to pipe connections.

Mike finally managed to remove a broken bolt from one of the fuel tank connections, allowing them to be fully completed.

During the last couple of weeks, further progress was made on fitting the small air tank that is the control reservoir for the brake distributor in the no.1 one nose end of 55015. New nose end air filters are also on order thanks to hairy Steve measuring them up and finding a sample.

Alex, Pete and I also spent a fair amount of time looking for information on how the top dead centre tool woks with the timing gear that we have. This tells you when the exhaust piston has reached the upper limit of its travel as the crankshaft rotates. PU451 will have the timing checked, because the parading gearbox was removed to change the output shaft seals. It should have not moved, but it’s just not worth trusting that and risking damaging the engine.

Nigel and Beth have now completed both head code blinds for 55015. Nigel is very proficient in the black art of repairing these over complicated and cantankerous devices. Thanks!

With Pete’s help, the lights in 55015 are now completed, part from fitting new bulbs when they arrive courtesy of Stuart.

A lot of work has gone on during the week to progress restoring parts for the cab of D9008 and engine mounting feet for 55015. As part of this effort, new window, head code glass and instrument panel seals are now on order thanks to Darrell.

Inside the bottom of them, there is a limit stop that prevents the power unit moving too far. It a disk surrounded by rubber bumpers connected to an adjustable shaft that is attached to the upper parts of the mount that moves on the main suspension Metalastik pads. It don’t think anybody has touched these since the locos were built and the rubbers are totally shot. We are investigating how to make replacements. I spent some time with Nigel J on Saturday removing the last of the bottom plate screws that were putting up a bit of a fight. We won and the mounts are all now fully stripped and painted. They will be rebuilt with all new rubbers and then go onto the floor of 55015 ready to take power units.

Outside the depot Stuart and Wizz ran up 55019 and checked it over ready to go to the Nene Valley Railway later this week. It’s always nice to hear one running to remind you what it’s all about.

I have also reduced to one the negative connections that I need to identify in the bottom of 55015’s no.2 control cubicle. Pete is also helping me to get new cab heater elements manufactured to replace the junk that we have that’s causing problems with earth faults, due. To the life expired insulation disks in the mounts at the ends of the elements.

Hopefully, repairs to D9009 will also start within the next couple of weeks, due to monies received from our insurers. More information. Please keep an eye out for more detailed information over the next few weeks.

A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered in recent weeks, including those specifically mentioned and: Mick, Martin, Bob, Trevor, John and Mark. I apologise if I have missed anyone.

55019 prepared for Nene Valley visit

Stuart Page writes:

On 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, final checks were concluded on Saturday with the loco moved outside and running checks carried out. Times are still to be advised but planned movement to the Nene Valley Railway is on Wednesday 28th August.

UPDATE 27/08: Timings for the move, which leaves Barrow Hill just after 12.00 and runs via Toton, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray to the NVR have now been received and can be found HERE.

The photo below, by Darrell Marsh, shows the second power unit being started up.

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