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Statement regarding failure of D9009

On 03/03/2019, whilst working the return leg of the A1 Trust’s “Auld Reekie” Charter, DPS class 55 loco D9009 Alycidon appears to have suffered from a high voltage power surge, which has damaged No2 generator and all six traction motors of the fully freshly overhauled cast bogies that were being run in under Alycidon whilst D9009′s own fabricated bogies are awaiting repair.

The cast bogies are intended to help complete 55015 to mainline standards and investigations into this event (which was not a flash over but an instant arcing across the brush boxes on the TMs to the frames and 1 generator brush box to frame) are ongoing.

Initially, speaking with industry electrical experts, the voltage to damage all six motors in one strike must have been equivalent to the loco being struck by lightning. The loco at the time was travelling at around 85 mph keeping to booked time and on medium amps of around 1100. At the time of the incident a blanket ban was in place on the movement of electric traction on the route as there was an ongoing OHLE incident in place. Conditions on the day were deteriorating wind and rain.

As most Deltic enthusiasts will be aware, Alycidon has had a 100% charter delivery record over the last 8 years and it is a great disappointment that this now leaves (hopefully temporarily) no Deltic option for the immediate future on charters. We are currently working with our charter providers on the best way to resolve this particularly with Pathfinder & May 11th charter in mind.

The DPS, as always, wish to thank all those involved with and who support the society and the three locos, we hope to have Alycidon repaired as soon as possible, however, this takes time and money, which having spent since 2012 working towards and raising funds for overhauled bogies now needs a fresh appeal. Anyone wishing to donate to help the volunteers return Alycidon to service please drop a line to, your help to do this would be much appreciated.

SVR Diesel Footplate Experience with 55019

There is still chance to take charge of a ‘Deltic’ on the Footplate Experience courses with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in May before and after the line’s diesel gala. Availability as of today (March 8th) is as follows:

May 8th – 1 place remaining only, May 13th – fully booked, May 14th/21st/22nd/23rd – spaces available.

For further details and to make a booking, please visit the Severn Valley Railway’s website by CLICKING HERE.

D9009 failure

The DPS regrets to report that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ failed while hauling ‘The Auld Reekie’ tour yesterday, which resulted in the train having to be rescued at Berwick by 67004 – our thanks go to DB Cargo for their assistance. It appears that the loco has suffered a traction motor issue and arrangements are now being made to return the loco from Doncaster to Burton. We share the disappointment of the passengers on board the train and those on the lineside. This is the first time that D9009 has been declared a failure while working a tour since its return to the main line in 2012.

D9009 on ‘The Auld Reekie’ today

It’s been touch and go, but following its FTR exam yesterday evening and final checks, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is now on its way to Edinburgh to work the return leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour back to Doncaster this evening. You can follow progress of the northbound light engine move by CLICKING HERE, while timings for the tour itself are HERE.

Following the tour, D9009 is planned to return to Burton on Monday.

D9009 to visit North Norfolk Railway

The Deltic Preservation Society, in conjunction with the North Norfolk Railway, are pleased to announce the visit of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ for four weeks in May and June with a starring role at the NNR Mixed Traction Gala on 14th-16th June. Following that event the loco will return to Barrow Hill in readiness for its next mainline tour.

ALYCIDON will arrive on Monday 13th May, following the tour with DRS on Sat 11th May, DRS are undertaking the moves both ways. Following arrival we are exploring a number of opportunities for the locomotive, including the ever popular Driver Experience Courses.

Please check both the NNR, DPS websites plus our Twitter and Instagram sites plus the DPS Facebook page and Weybourne Traction Group page, which hosts all the latest NNR Diesel News, and hopefully Deltic Deadline.

Photo courtesy of Nick Green

D9009 out on test

In preparation for its forthcoming charter train duties and following fitment of the bogies destined for ‘TULYAR’ , D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is currently out on a test run from Burton to Sheffield and back. With 31128 ‘CHARYBDIS’ in tow, D9009 is seen here at Long Eaton (photo courtesy of Graham Clarke).


DPS Annual General Meeting – Saturday 2nd March

DPS Members are reminded that the society’s AGM takes place this coming Saturday (2nd March) at the National Railway Museum, starting at 11.00. Following a break for lunch, there will be a presentation by our guest speaker starting at around 14.00. We are leased to confirm that this year’s speaker is York based photographer Barry Plues, who will be presenting a transparency show entitled ‘Deltic City’.

D9009 test run – February 27th 2019

Following its bogie swap at Nemesis Rail’s Burton depot and completion of associated work, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to undertake a test run to Sheffield with 31128 tomorrow afternoon. Planned timings for the move can be found HERE and HERE.

Volunteer’s View – February 16th 2019

Another report from Graham Clarke:

It was a quieter day last Saturday. Nigel and Beth were busy stripping and preparing 55019’s no.2 cab back to bare metal. This is the first time a thorough job’s been done in a very long time. They were also there on Sunday with Nat as well. Thanks very much.

Steve was busy with the seemingly never ending task of cleaning and preparing 55019’s engine room floor. I’m sure the oil and crud is alive and runs off when humans come near, only to reappear when your standing there with a wet paint brush.

I was having domestic appliance problems at my mother’s house and got there late as a result. I did manage to finish a prototype scaffolding frame for safe working on the top of locos. This now needs signing off from a construction and safety point of view. It will then be trialled on 55019.

I also tested some contactor coils with a view to changing the tired ones on 55019’s auxiliary generator contactors. These are causing auxiliary power problems when two engines are running.

During the week, I’ve been trying to obtain new cab heater elements. It’s a bit of a challenge when it’s 50 years and more old.

Thanks to everyone for your support.

Volunteer’s View – February 2nd-9th

Here’s another update by Graham Clarke from the DPS depot at Barrow Hill. It covers the early part of February:

Over the past couple of weeks it’s been busy, with working parties during the week as well.

Work continues on 55019’s winter maintenance, especially the stripping and painting of no.2 cab and both cab roofs. The engine room floor is also receiving major attention with all the tread plates removed, cleaned and painted on the back. This done to stop galvanic corrosion between the aluminium tread plates and the steel floor. The floor has been cleaned and painted as well. It’s difficult to get the oil out of everywhere, because it soaks into the metal. It’s taken several rounds of cleaning so far. Thanks to Darrell, Steve, Beth, Nigel, Nat, Stuart, Wizz, John, Bob, Martin and Mark for their hard work so far.

On the agenda next is steam cleaning under the loco ready for mechanical and electrical maintenance. It’s been too cold to entertain recently. Thanks Mike, it’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it!

Mike and John have also been busy tidying the stores. It’s amazing how much space there is when you throw out the junk and put stuff away. That’s not a hint, honestly!

Power units have moved forward significantly. No. 451 now has its phasing gearbox sealed up, alignment dowels fitted and loosely bolted in place. Prior to that the engine was filled with coolant and left to stand for a couple of weeks to check for leaks from the new hoses inside the triangle of cylinder blocks. This area is inaccessible without removing the power unit from the loco, removing the main generator and phasing gearbox. Leaks inside the triangle are expensive, difficult and unwanted! Thanks to Pete, Mick to the power of 2 and Dave.

Meanwhile over on 55015, Steve has been working on the threads that the buffer cowl fixing screws go into. Many had broken screws in them or damaged threads. There are lots of jobs like this on a loco that are not glamorous, are not seen, require real skills to do them and take a lot of time. It’s jobs like this that take up most of the time needed to complete a major repair to a loco and not installing completed major components. That may seem counter intuitive, but it’s absolutely the reality. Thanks to Steve and all those who dedicate the time to these tasks. It makes all the difference to a top quality end result.

I’ve been struggling with the last three traction motor connections as described above and I’ve also been working to get the insulation resistance values of the cab heaters up to specification. The end result is that all the cab heater elements on the loco and in our stores are not useable. That’s another bugger of a job to sort out! Fortunately, or maybe not, the manufacturer still exists.

Darrell has been busy as usual with the sales stock, managing our rented out space and leading midweek working parties. Thanks a lot for all your efforts. It makes a big difference.

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