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Volunteer’s View – January 12th 2019

Graham Clarke’s second report of 2019…

An update from the Deltic Preservation Society Depot at Barrow Hill.

It was a very productive day. I was very grateful to see such a good turn out. A lot was achieved as a result on many fronts and not just engineering.

The cab of 55008 continues to receive a cosmetic restoration and is in the Depot finally after 34 years, including a long period on it’s trailer and 15 years since we opened the Depot.

55019 was having its no.1 cab prepared for painting, further work done on the C Exam and a replacement for the broken governor regulator air pipe made and fitted. This was tested later and everything appears to be working correctly. In addition, tail lights were being cleaned of years of overpainting and some rust, ready for a fresh coat of new paint. And lastly the engine room door frames and catches have been repaired. One was missing.

Power Unit 451 has had the stripped temperature probe pocket thread repaired by fitting an oversize sleeve to return the thread to standard size. In turn this allowed the exhaust manifold removed for access to go back on.

A number of other painting and tidying jobs were done by the younger volunteers especially.

As I said, it’s not just about engineering at the Depot. Sales stock was dealt with and various financial transactions were processed.

Finally, over on 55015, work was continuing on the rebuild of the coolant expansion tank and pipe work. Including eventually finding the missing banjo connections for the water level sight glass and a blanking plate. I also straightened the cable I soldered last week that ended up crooked. I essentially melted the whole thing so I could straighten the cable and re-soldered the terminal back on. Even leather gauntlets will only keep over 200C at bay for so long, so you have to work quickly a bit at a time. The cables now straight, I’m satisfied with it and I have no burns!

It was a really good day and I would like to thank: Geoff, Neil, Nat, Beth, Nigel, Steve, Mick, Pete, Son Alex, Harry, His Mate, John, Tom, Dave, Darrell, Mike, Stuart, Wizz, Chris and I there too. And yes that’s 20 people.

Volunteer’s View – January 5th 2019

Graham Clarke writes…

Happy New Year from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill.

The previous Saturday, just before New Year, saw Whiz, Stuart, Darrell and I. Darrell was busy with sales, Whiz was preparing a scabby tail light on 55019 for repainting, Stuart and I were looking at the ongoing fault that 19 occasionally has where it takes power, but the engine does not rev up, meaning you don’t get enough power to move a train. We found a broken air pipe in the pneumatic control system that increases the engine speed and power output when you move the power controller handle away from the off position. You would not hear air escaping with the loco running. It was on an external air supply, so we could hear the air escaping.

Last Saturday was quite busy, with Nat, Beth, Nigel, Geoff, Steve, Chris, Howard, Mia and I present. John was also there in the morning dealing with financial matters and I countersigned some cheques for him.

Apart from Geoff, Chris, Steve and I, everyone was working on either C Exam jobs or preparing the no.2 cab of 55019 for painting.

Geoff was busy with other painting jobs, Chris was making a new air pipe to replace the broken one, Steve was working on 55015’s no.2 buffer beam paintwork and I was generally sorting stuff out and getting ready to solder the last two traction motor cable terminations in 15’s no. 2 control cubicle. Steve helped me with this later on. I’m generally happy with the results, but I need to warm up and straighten the end of one of the cables, because it’s not straight. It’s very difficult to do the cables, due to working close to the control cubicle with cables pulled out to the side using a naked flame. Hopefully, I’ll get everything connected next week.

Thanks to everyone I’ve mentioned for their hard work and for the tin of chocolates someone brought along. There were only a few left by the end of the day.

Volunteer’s View – December 1st & 8th 2018

Graham Clarke writes: This is an update from the Deltic Preservation Society covering the first two weekends of December at our depot at Barrow Hill. The new couplings and buffer beams on 55015 were painted black and red respectively. The engine room floor tread plates from 55019 are being removed, cleaned and painted. Thanks to Alex and Steve. Bob, Martin, Mark, Nigel and Darrell have removed them and cleaned up the oily mess underneath in the engine room. Thanks! Both vacuum exhausters are fitted and bolted down in 55015’s no.1 nose compartment. Thanks to Dave, Beth and Ray for struggling and completing the job.

Hairy Steve, Martin and Mike have been busy fitting the air intake elbows and coolant expansion tank into the middle of 55015. Thanks. Geoff, Harry and 1 other, whose name eludes me, have been busy cleaning and polishing 55019. Thanks for that it looks brilliant. On the power units, no. 430 has had an exhaust manifold removed to allow access to a damaged coolant temperature probe pocket that’s under repair. Both Micks, Pete and Dave are to thank for that. Stuart has made a start on the winter exam on 55019 and has helped me to confirm an issue with faulty auxiliary generator contactors and apparently incorrect value series resistors. Finally, the cab of 55008 has come inside ready for a lift into a new permanent home early next year (see photo below).

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Tulyar’s bogies completed

We are delighted to report that Sheaf Engineering has completed work on the bogies which were purchased in 2013 and have been overhauled for ‘TULYAR’ once the loco has been finished. The picture below, by Mike Hallam-Rudd, shows the bogies at Barrow Hill prior to them being despatched to Nemesis Rail at Burton.IMG_114805

55019 to visit Severn Valley Railway in May 2019

We are pleased to announce that after several successful visits in previous years, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway again in 2019.

The locomotive will arrive in early May and will stay for a few weeks during which it will work some of our timetabled service trains, appear at the Spring Diesel Festival (May 16-18) and once again be available for the Deltic Driver Experience days. These have proved to be extremely popular in recent years, with the available places being over-subscribed – early booking is therefore essential to guarantee a place! For more information on the Driver Experience, please see HERE.

Volunteer’s New – November 17th-24th 2018

Graham Clarke writes…

Over the last two weeks there’s been significant progress made through a number of working parties on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

55015 now has both compressors and the two vacuum exhausters installed. A of lot of small parts have been sorted, missing items have been identified and new parts bought.

Inside the engine room has been cleaned and waste wire from rewiring thrown away. The air intake boxes are being prepared for sealing up , new filters and fitting the air ducts that connect to the engines are being fitted. They have had the sealing faces cleaned and new gaskets made.

I’m still struggling with traction motor cables, but I’ll get there.

55019 has had a lot of cleaning done and a starts been made on painting the floor. The loco’s bed plates had become inundated with rain water, causing waste oil to flow out onto the floor. It’s always a problem when the locos are away and it rains a lot. Geoff has also worked his magic on the outside.

A big thanks to the following: Darrell, Bob, Martin(2), Hairy Steve, Steve, Mick(2), Dave (2), Geoff, Mark, Beth, Nigel, Adrian, Stuart and Mike. Apologies to anyone that I have not recalled and listed. It’s always like putting your head in the lion’s mouth making a list of those who help, but it’s most important to say thank you.

I would also like to thank Sheaf Engineering for the sterling work they are doing on our bogies.

D9009 unavailable for ‘The Waverley Re-Union’

The DPS regrets to advise that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will not be available to haul ‘The Waverley Re-Union’ tour from Birmingham to Tweedbank on January 5th 2019. This is a disappointment for all involved, and the first occasion that D9009 has had to be pulled from a charter commitment since its return to the main line in 2012. The loco requires a bogie exchange, which will have to be followed by re-certification, essential for continued main-line running. Unfortunately, the workshop time required to complete the necessary work means we are unable to guarantee the loco’s availability for the tour.

Replacement motive power has been identified, and agreed, with the train’s operator (DB Cargo) and Network Rail, in the form of Class 50s, provided by our friends at the Class Fifty Alliance (CFA).

Pathfinder will be contacting those who have booked on this tour in the next few days. If you are happy with the change of motive power you need do nothing – your Boarding Pass(es) will be sent to you, as usual, during the week before the excursion runs. However, if you would prefer to cancel because of the lack of ‘Deltic’ motive power please contact the Pathfinder Office.

Looking ahead, we are aiming to return D9009 to service in time to work the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust tour on March 3rd 2019, and Pathfinder plans to run another excursion hauled by ‘ALYCIDON’ on May 11th 2019. Full details will be released later in December.

55019 on the move

Further to yesterday’s message, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is now back at Barrow Hill following its visit to the Spa Valley and Great Central Railways. The picture below, kindly supplied by Steve Rimell, shows the loco at the Abnormal Load Holding Point by Junction 28 on the M1 last night.

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55019 move GCR to Barrow Hill

Following its successful visit to the Great Central Railway, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is due to arrive back at the DPS depot at Barrow Hill tomorrow (November 7th). Its return concludes a highly successful 2018 season, which has seen ’19 visit the Severn Valley, West Somerset, Keighley & Worth Valley, Spa Valley and Great Central Railways. Watch this space for news on 2019 in the coming months.

Volunteer’s View – October 27th to November 3rd 2018

The latest from Graham Clarke…

Work has continued on 55015 on some days during the last two weeks and on Saturdays at Barrow Hill.

The compressors are now in, piped up and bolted down. A lot of time has been spent working out what parts need obtaining and finding things on the storage racks where items removed and refurbished are stored. Most of the nuts and bolts were bagged and tagged when they were removed. This has helped, but there are still some shortages. There are also a number of air system pipe fittings missing that need identifying and buying.

The main tasks underway at the moment are: completing the fitting of air tanks, finishing fitting out the engine room walls, a general clean up and completion of the electrical rebuild and testing.

A set of brake valves is also being assembled ready to go away to Railway Brake Services for overhaul. The driver’s brake valve are already in stock and ready to fit.

The buffer beams behind the buffers have also been cleaned and painted along with the buffers having the paint removed. They also need the springs changing, but I’m not sure yet how to achieve that. It’s a dangerous job, if you don’t know what you are doing, due to the springs being held under compression. You need to compress the springs in order to remove the backing nut and washer. This then allows the spring to be decompressed in a controlled way. If you don’t do that the internal parts of the buffer will explode in you face when you take the nut off.

As is often the case it is the preparation of jobs that takes the time. Doing them is often the easy bit, if you have everything you need to complete a job.

A big thank you to: Pete, Dave, Martin, Mick P, Mick C, Steve P, Ken, Steve M, Jon, Geoff, Mike and Ray.

Thanks also to the team on 55008’s cab. Nat, Beth, Nigel and James. We are attempting to get the cab inside the depot to allow work to continue over the winter. Hopefully, this maybe possible over the coming weeks, by moving things around.

I’ve been preparing for the difficult job of soldering on the traction motor connections that connect the main electrical supply to 4 of the traction motors in the back of the control cubicles. I was hoping to use crimp terminals, but they won’t fit. With Steve’s help, I removed them ready for soldering instead. Fortunately, I kept the original terminals safe.

Finally, I must also thank John and Harry for their help with finance and vastly improving the appearance of the depot with new safety barriers and signage.

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