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Volunteer’s View – August 3rd & 10th

Graham Clarke writes:

Over the past couple of Saturdays at the Deltic Preservation Society Depot at Barrow Hill.

55019 has had some last minute titivation, ready to go to the Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough. Thanks to Geoff, Stuart, Wizz and Steve. I hope I’ve not missed anyone. It looks really smart, but with a nice patina that only use can bring.

Further time has gone into tidying stock and moving sales items into the old power unit house. It’s much cleaner and drier. Thanks to Mike, Ray, Darrell and Sam.

The cab team have been very busy and during the week on D9008. The parts are smartening up nicely ready for rebuilding in not too long now. Thanks to Nat, Nigel, Bob, Martin, Mark, Trevor, etc.

On 55015, the fuel tanks are now virtually complete. There is a broken stud to remove and it’s tricky. Drilling it is very difficult, because the stud is hard steel in a soft hole made of aluminium. Does anyone know of a spark eroder we could borrow? On the good news front, all of the internal and external lights are now working properly and with a reasonable insulation resistance to earth. As Nigel put it, it’s nice to see some life in her. Thanks to Pete and Mike for jobs well done.

Volunteer’s View – July 2019

Graham Clarke writes:

An update from the Deltic Preservation Society Depot at Barrow Hill. It’s been a while since my last update, mostly due to holidays and catching up.

Firstly, I’ll do my best to credit people, but I don’t know exactly who’s done what, so I am likely to miss someone out. Please don’t be offended, everyone’s contribution is very welcome and appreciated.

55019 has been cleaned and polished, mostly by Geoff and Steve. It’s looks the part for the NVR next month. Stuart and Wizz were attending to few odds and ends on Saturday.

The midweek guys have been very busy working on preparing the cab of 55008 and it’s fittings. I’m afraid I am not exactly sure who did what, so apologies for that.

Mick and Martin are still working on pipe work repairs in 55015’s nose ends. It’s quite a fiddly job, but it’s essential to the reliability and proper function of the air system.

Mike and Ray have been tidying the stores and disposing of junk. It’s a thankless task, but needs doing. How many spare oil radiators have we got?

Darrell has been busy managing his stores and slowly moving it into old power unit house with Sam’s help. Some of the bigger things will have to wait for new and bigger doors that are planned. The power unit house one is very rusty and does not fit very well since we took the end off the building to liberate the power units.

In 55015 Steve and Dave have fitted the air intake trim strips that line up with the ones on the cooling modules. This has allowed the air intake covers to go on. Everything has been sealed to prevent air leaks and water getting behind the trim strips and causing corrosion.

Pete has now mostly completed the rewire of no.2 cab lights. Everything now works, including the engine room lights. It now needs fully testing to make sure everything is connected to the right switches and fuses. Stuart is ordering new light bulbs, which are a specialist item nowadays, as most things are LED now and we want it to look right.

Mick, Pete and Dave have fitted a serviced Governor to PU451 and prepared it for a timing check. Our old friend and 50 year’s plus Deltic expert Mike is coming to show us how it’s done. We intend to video the proceedings to have a record for the future.

Thank you very much to everyone for their support, interest and hard work. I hope I’ve managed to capture everything and I’ve not missed too much or too many out?

Volunteer’s View – June 8th 2019

Last Saturday at Barrow Hill, Pete and Mick were fitting retaining bolts inside power unit 451 and fitting an oil pump. Pete wishes he’d fit it before the phasing gearbox went back on! It was very awkward to get to the studs! Thanks.

The body side grab handles were sorted out, fixings found and a start was made fitting them to the interior of 55015. Thanks Mike and Steve.

I worked with Steve on the cooling module hatches and special fastenings. There is a big task to get everything fitted and all the 1/4 turn fasteners working. Steve now has the spare fasteners and knows what to do. The few damaged roof drain adaptors will be replaced with newly fabricated ones at the same time.

Young Alex was busy painting ETH just jumper boxes in orange. He’s getting good with the paint brushes. Thanks!

All in all, another successful day in clearing lingering issues and moving things forward. Thanks all.

Also, over the past couple of weeks Mike has been dealing with Trent Instruments who have overhauled and supplied new gauges for 55015. Thanks for a first class job and see the attached photo. New ammeters are on the way!

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55019 stars at Crewe Open Day

Yesterday saw 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on display at the ‘All Change’ Open Day event at Crewe diesel depot, along with some 40 plus other exhibits (including a rare chance to see Locomotive Services two Deltics, D9016 ‘GORDON HIGHLANDER’ and 55022 ‘ROYAL SCOTS GREY’).

55019 is, of course, no stranger to Crewe, having been based at the Carriage Shed on the opposite side of the main line during the VSOE years (1999-2000). During this period, the loco and D9009 regularly visited Crewe Diesel Depot for fuelling.

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55019 move to Crewe – timings

Planned timings for the move of 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ from the Severn Valley Railway to Crewe tomorrow afternoon are now available and can be found HERE. It should be coming north behind GBRf liveried 50049 ‘DEFIANCE’, supplied by our friends in the Class 50 Alliance.

Volunteer’s View – May 25th/26th & June 1st/2nd

Graham Clarke’s latest report from Barrow Hill and beyond:

I think it’s about time for an update from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill and elsewhere.

55019 has completed a successful visit to the Severn Valley Railway, including the Diesel Gala and several day’s of footplate experience duties. A big thank to the SVR for inviting us and for being generous hosts. I’m sure there will be many opportunities to work together in future and I’ll look forward to that. 55019 is off to Crewe Open Day, then back home, before going to the Nene Valley Railway later in the year.

At Barrow Hill, there’s been progress with the cab of 55008. Thanks to Neil, Nat, Beth and Nigel.

Geoff’s been busy painting a cab sound baffle board from 55015’s no.2 cab and a foot step that was painted in a hurry for the gathering at Shildon. Thanks.

Mike and Ray have made a good start at tidying the stores of material we don’t need, mostly because it’s not Deltic.

I’ve been busy tracing control wiring on 55015 so that I know where all the negatives go. This will make isolating any problems I find very much easier, because I will be able to quickly isolate groups of circuits from the supply and the negative. It’s normally a right pain, especially if you get a problem on the negative side, because they are all connected and go everywhere. Getting 55015’s wiring connected and tested is my main job now for the rest of the Summer.

Martin and Mick have been working in replacing damaged air pipes in 55015’s nose ends.

In the background, Mike and I have been sorting out new route indicator and windscreen seals. Mike’s done the leg work I can’t do, due to work and this is a huge help. Steve P is also very helpful as well sourcing parts. This week, 55015’s cab gauges are away being professionally rebuilt to nearly new condition. The supplier Trent Instruments is also helping with missing old style gauges and an ammeter.

Thanks again to you all.

55019 to attend Crewe Open Day

We are pleased to confirm that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be attending the ‘All Change’ Open Day being organised by Virgin Trains at Locomotive Services’ depot at Crewe on Saturday 8th June. 55019 is due to be moved from Kidderminster to Crewe on Friday 7th June and will star among more than 30 other exhibits at the site -including D9016 ‘GORDON HIGHLANDER’ and 55022 ROYAL SCOTS GREY’.

Please note this is a ticket only event and it is not possible to turn up and ‘pay on the day’. For more details, please CLICK HERE.

Severn Valley Railway success

55019 successfully worked its three weeks of diagrams at the SVR. The period did include continuous running over seven days which included the Diesel Gala, driver experiences, service trains and the additional Sunday service. Thanks to the SVR for inviting us and making us so welcome and from the DPS side the locomotive crew and sales.
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The final experience train on Thursday, May 23 alongside 1062 Western Courier on the diesel service train. Both locomotives being the only locomotive of their classes in operational condition. (Photo & Text: Stuart Page)

Deltic Deadline

‘Deltic Deadline’ editor Natalie Marsh writes:

At the AGM it was agreed that the Deadline would be cut down to 4 issues. I have scrapped the April/May issue to allow the following issue in the new series to take place.
Please expect your next deadline in the next few weeks.
This new Deadline is now your June/July/August issue – Summer Edition.
The next to follow in the series will be:

  • September/October/November issue – Autumn Edition.
  • December/January/February issue – Winter Edition.
  • March/April/May issue – Spring Edition.

The issues will be due out in the months of July/ October and January but this may vary if we have information that needs to be out a week or two sooner or waiting for information which will push it back.
Your Summer Edition is coming out a few weeks early so the gap between your last and your latest Deadline isn’t so long.
Any questions regarding this new format can be sent to editorATthedps.co.uk

20 years ago today…

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the return to the main line of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, when both Deltics worked from King’s Cross to York and back on what became known as ‘Deltic Saturday’ – a very memorable day for everyone involved and on board the trains!

Unfortunately, with D9009 currently out of service and in need of repairs, plans for ‘ALYCIDON’ to re-visit King’s Cross earlier this month had to be put on hold until the loco has returned to service. Well wishers who want to see this Deltic back on the main line are invited to make a donation using the link button to the right or by CLICKING HERE. Many thanks in advance for your support.

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Above photos: D9009 and 55019 on May 22nd 1999 at King’s Cross and York respectively. (Clive Elverstone & David Russell)

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