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Volunteer’s View – June 16th/17th 2018

Two reports from Graham Clarke…

SATURDAY JUNE 16TH

Another cracking day today. It started with a bit of work at Barrow Hill on a traction motor terminal board I’ve refurbished and rebuilt and refitted to 55015.

I then went to Doncaster courtesy of a lift from Mike. From there I acted as travelling fitter on D9009 to Newcastle and then Tyne Yard for stabling. The loco was working the Driver Albert Gilmour Memorial charter from Newcastle to London and back. Albert drove Deltics and hence the tribute to a remarkable man. May you rest in peace. Thank you to his son Marcus for arranging the tour and for using D9009 from the Deltic Preservation Society to haul it. Thanks to my colleague Mick for his help today.

SUNDAY JUNE 17TH

D9009 is safely back at Barrow Hill following the run back from Tyne Yard (see pic below). Everything has worked OK yesterday evening and today. I heard a number of positive comments. Thank for those.

I would just like to thank our drivers: Joe, Colin, Keith and Andy. And my fellow fitter Mick P.

Thanks also to Barrow Hill’s Mervyn, Paul and Jim for getting us on shed this afternoon.

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A fantastic day!

We are sure that everyone on board ‘The Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ with 52A Tours today will agree that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a great performance on the run from Newcastle to London and back. The pictures below show the train north of Hitchin on the outward leg (courtesy of Tim Summers) and at King’s Cross prior to departure north.

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Below: Job done…D9009 stands in Tyne Yard this evening (Graham Clarke). The loco returns to Barrow Hill tomorrow – see HERE for timings.

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D9009 heading north

In readiness for tomorrow’s outing from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back. ‘The Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ being run by 52A Tours, D9009 is running north from Barrow Hill to Tyne Yard today (you can track the move HERE). The picture by Pete Stojanovic below shows the loco at Barrow Hill prior to departure.

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55019 West Somerset Railway – Thank you

Stuart Page writes:

The three day gala disappeared as quickly as it appeared and with 55019 off on her travels the very next day to yet another railway (the loco is now at Haworth ready for the KWVR gala). The event was a great success with 55019 performing to the crowds and, at any stopping point along the WSR, pulling in people wanting a closer look. The cabs were full of Deltic fans and general public alike wanting a chance to ‘cab’  nineteen.
The support crew for the event were Samantha, Natalie, Darrell and Neil manning the sales stand at Minehead and those being on the loco, fitters Graham and Ray with drivers John, Mike and Stuart who had travelled down from the Midlands, Yorkshire and South coast.

We wish to thank everyone at the West Somerset Railway including the Diesel and Electric Preservation Society for inviting us to such a wonderful part of Somerset with their hospitality in looking after ourselves and our star attraction, 55019.

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RHF is admired by many at Crowcombe. (Stuart Page)

Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter – full times

Finalised timings for the return leg of The Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter this coming Saturday (June 16th) have now been released and these are as follows: King’s Cross dep 15.23, Doncaster 17.53/58, York 18.49/52, Darlington 19.34/37, Durham 19.58/20.01 Newcastle (replace D9009 with 670xx) 20.17/21.00, Edinburgh 22.40.

For more info on the train, please see www.52atours.com

D9009 is booked to travel light engine from Barrow Hill to Tyne Yard on Friday June 15th, times HERE. Times for the short moves between Tyne Yard and Newcastle on Saturday morning/evening are HERE and HERE. Times for the tour itself can be found at these links: OUTWARD ; RETURN

Here’s to a fantastic day!

Timings for 55019 moves this week [updated]

Following this weekend’s gala at the West Somerset Railway, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is due to begin its journey north to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway tomorrow. Planned timings for the first two movements are:

Monday June 11th: West Somerset Railway-Severn Valley Railway - CLICK HERE. (Overnight stop) Tuesday June 12th: Severn Valley Railway-Derby Etches Park – CLICK HERE.

ADDITIONAL TIMES ADDED 12/06/18:

Tuesday June 12th: Derby Etches Park-Butterley – CLICK HERE. Butterley-Doncaster – CLICK HERE. (Overnight stop) Wednesday June 13th: Doncaster-Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – CLICK HERE.

Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter – update

52A Tours have advised that postal bookings for the tour on Saturday June 16th will close this weekend (Saturday June 9th). Online booking will still be available – DPS members should book at full fare and your £5 discount will be refunded on the day. Please visit www.52atours.com for full details and to book.

Validated outward timings have now been released, departure times from the pick-ups are: Linlithgow 04.35, Edinburgh 05.15, Newcastle 07.18, Durham 07.34, Darlington 08.07, York 09.06, Doncaster 09.38, King’s Cross arr 12.23.

 

Report on 55019 from SVR & movement details

Stuart Page provides a report from the Severn Valley Railway’s Kidderminster TMD:

Apologies for the late report from the SVR due to living on site most of the last three weeks.

The loco ran well over the above period on service trains, experiences and Gala days other than those of Friday and Saturday of the Gala. A fault from a number of years ago, thinking the loco was running on two engines but with the first engine not running. In other words no power until reaching notch seven and not resetting after an overload. Both faults easily to reset and continue. The relays involved will need either need replacing or servicing with this having occurred a second time. The driver experiences were spread over the three weeks and were enjoyed by all 48 participants, including two pairs of husband and wives too who thoroughly enjoyed the experience as much as their men.

On Saturday 55019 had its FTR exam and was reblocked ready for the visit to the West Somerset Railway which is scheduled for this coming Wednesday (June 6th) departing the SVR around 10.55 – times can be found HERE. Return from the WSR to the SVR will be on Monday June 11th  arriving around 17.50 where the consist will remain overnight before then heading north to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for our third visit of the year.

A big thankyou to all at the SVR for making our stay an enjoyable one.

Volunteer’s View – June 2nd 2018

Graham Clarke reports on a busy time at Barrow Hill preparing D9009 for the Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter:

It was all hands to D9009 yesterday. Preparations continued for the railtour in two weeks time and completion of the annual ‘C’ exam. Pete and Martin on Friday, Mick, Alex and I were all very busy. Good progress was made. The radiator grills were bolted down after radiator cleaning last Sunday by Ray and Darrell. The tyres were measured and the underside equipment checked by Alex. The coolant priming pump was repaired. Numerous other jobs were done throughout the day. I checked the traction motors and cleaned them internally. After that I repaired the flexible conduits to no.1 traction motor terminal box. One was broken at the fitting and another was loose. Parts are a problem, because you can no longer buy imperial sized conduits and fittings. Finally, I tested a suspect contactor in the auxiliary power system. Intermittent faults can be difficult to diagnose and fix. In this case no fault was found. It now looks like dirty interlocks may be a source of any fault.

Down at the Severn Valley Railway, 55019 had its brake blocks changed by Stuart, Geoff, Adrian and Mike

Thank you very much for all the hard work put in over the recent days.

Volunteer’s View – May 26th/27th 2018

The latest from Graham Clarke:

Last Saturday and Sunday at Barrow Hill it was all hands to D9009 working on completing the annual C Exam. The underside and bogies were steam cleaned by Geoff. The second bogie was re-blocked by Dave, while Mike helped out and then greased the bogies (all 96 grease points). Dave then removed the securing nuts and lifted the radiator grills ready for steam cleaning on Sunday. Inside Pete and I were checking over and cleaning all the electrical machinery, including the main and auxiliary generators and all the auxiliary machines for making air, vacuum and traction motor cooling. The load regulators and master controllers were also checked.

The radiators and depot gutters were steam cleaned on Sunday by Ray and Darrell.

Thanks very much to you all. Work will carry on next Friday and Saturday.

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