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Volunteers View – May 12th to 19th 2018

Graham Clarke writes:

A round up of the last couple of weeks at Barrow Hill and the SVR.

The previous Saturday was spent mostly on completing work on D9009 as part of an annual C Exam. One bogies worth of brake blocks was changed and cab painting continued. Thanks to Dave, Pete, Mick and Steve.

Also, the new seals were fitted to the phasing gearbox belonging to Power Unit 451. It’s now ready to refit.

Geoff carried on painting wheel sets. Thanks.

Ray and I sorted out a crane that was working the wrong way. Three phase is a pain for crossed phases, not helped by people swapping plugs with limited knowledge. It’s now okay.

Monday and Tuesday was spent minding 55019 on footplate experience duties at the SVR. Great company with Stuart, Darren, interesting participants and many old friends.

Yesterday saw Geoff and Steve cleaning and painting wheel sets. 3 done, two in progress and one not started. Pete was finishing off no.2 cab loco lighting wiring. I was varnishing a traction motor terminal board that was tracking to earth and sorting out rivets for the new inner jacking point doors.

Thanks to you all.

55019 – Severn Valley Workings

With 55019 now in place at the Severn Valley Railway, the beginning of its round Britain tour for this season, a full list below details all workings during the period at the SVR. Please note the service trains before and after the Gala dates:

Monday 14th May: Driver experience
Tuesday 15th May: Driver experience
Wednesday 16th May (service train): 11:35 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 15:35 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 17:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster
Thursday 17th May (Diesel Gala): 11:23 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:42 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 15:49 Kidderminster to Bewdley and 16:51 Bewdley to Kidderminster
Friday 18th May (Diesel Gala): 11:23 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:42 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 16:11 Kiddderminster to Bridgnorth, 18:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster
Saturday 19th May (Diesel Gala): 11:23 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:42 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 15:23 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth and 17:42 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.
Monday 21st May (service train): 11:35 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 15:35 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 17:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster
Tuesday 22nd May: Driver experience
Wednesday 23rd May: Driver experience
Tuesday 29th May: Driver experience
Wednesday 30th May: Driver experience

The full timetable/loco roster for the SVR Gala can be downloaded HERE.

Volunteer’s View – May 5th 2018

Graham Clarke reports on events just before RHF’s departure to the Severn Valley Railway:

On Saturday at Barrow Hill, the main job was completing 55019 ready to leave for the Severn Valley Railway. Working with Beth and Stuart that meant curing a compressor that wouldn’t compress, fixing blowing fuel injectors and for me altering wiring looms to fit the covers to the new voltage regulators. It was all a bit fraught, but it got done by 20:00 last night. As it turned out the compressor had the non-return valves in the top of the cylinders assembled the wrong way around, the injectors got sorted fairly quickly and I struggled with the cable clamps, but got it done in the end. Just to make my day, 19 had an electrical hissy fit and wouldn’t power up its auxiliary equipment at no.1 end with no.2 engine running. I managed to sort that out fairly quickly. It was a dirty set of interlocks on one of the contactors.

Elsewhere in the depot, Geoff, Steve and Bob carried on preparing and painting the overhauled wheel sets for 55015. While Mike prepared the axles for ultrasonic crack testing this week. The axle end plates were removed and grease purged. Apologies for missing this off version one of this post.

Outside, Neil, Nat, Nat’s boyfriend and Nigel carried on refurbishing the cab of 9008. The nose end was primed among other things.

Thank to you all.


55019 moving to Severn Valley today

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is booked to leave Barrow Hill for its holidays later today, when the loco is due to be collected by 50049 ‘DEFIANCE’ and hauled to the Severn Valley Railway. Departure is booked at 13.40, arriving at Kidderminster SVR at 17.37. Full booked timings can be found HERE.

Volunteer’s View – 30th April 2018

Another report from Graham Clarke:

News from the DPS at Barrow Hill: on Saturday, work continued on 55019, completing exhaust lagging, working on a compressor and installing 2 new auxiliary voltage regulators. These control the output of the auxiliary generators that run the compressors, blowers, vacuum exhausters, fuel pumps and battery charging, 55009 is in for a C exam ready for railtour duty, work carried on on power units. PU 451 got new internal hoses and work towards fitting new main output shaft seals. 55015 had more work done on no.2 cab electrics and these are nearing completion. There are still a few minor bits to deal with following a run up of 55019 late on.

Thanks to Mick, Dave, Pete x 2, Steve, Chris, Stuart, Ray and Mike.

Volunteer’s View – April 14th 2018

A major event at the DPS depot last weekend, as reported by Graham Clarke:

The refitting of 55019’s repaired and modified silencers concluded successfully on Saturday evening. Stuart, Adrian and Chris finished off connecting up to the silencers, fuel systems were primed, oil and coolant topped up. At around 17:00 the loco was filled with air to operate the brakes, started and driven outside. Once outside, the first engine was checked over, then the second was started for the first time in 18 months. All went well, with a few fuel leaks to attend to, some exhaust system lagging still to fit and an under performing compressor to look at over the next couple of weeks. If time allows, 19 will also get brand new auxiliary voltage regulators. Than you all very much, including the midweek team, as reported earlier this week.

Elsewhere at the depot, Nat and Neil continued work on restoring the interior of D9008. Thank you.

Pete continued rewiring 15’s no.2 end cab lights. This job is now nearing completion. Thanks Pete.

I stripped out the terminal board from 15’s no.1 traction motor terminal box. It failed high voltage testing last week. I’ve cleaned it and varnished it on one side. I’ll do the side next time.

Volunteer’s View – April 7th & 12th 2018

Two reports from Graham Clarke this time, covering the Saturday plus events from a few days later:

April 7th at Barrow Hill was a long one. Darrell, Beth, Mike, Stuart and Adrian worked hard on lagging silencers and fitting them to no.19’s centre roof section. The final bolting up of the new joint between the silencers and roof eventually finished at 20:30. Thanks to you all. The roof is going back on on Thursday and the roof and flexible bellows pipes from the power unit will be bolted up on Saturday. Hopefully, that will all culminate in a run up of both units in the afternoon. Thanks to you all for a job well done.

Thanks also to Sheaf Engineering for welding shortening bars to the exhaust bellows. You can’t get them in without it. They stretch out and won’t fit in the gap.

Pete carried on finishing off the cab lighting rewiring on 15. Thanks.

Nat+1 and Beth worked on bits for the cab of D9008 and the new display area. Thank you.

I continuity tested the new traction motor cables and identified them. I then insulation tested them at a 1000V. It looks like no.1 motor terminal box is in need of some insulation attention, it isn’t up to the standard I want.

And this from April 12th:

I’m pleased to report that 55019’s boiler compartment roof and the silencers were successful lifted back into place today and the was roof bolted down.

Thanks very much to Harry Needle Railroad Company and their staff for doing the lifting safely. Thanks also to Geoff, Darrell, Bob, Martin and Mark for their help today.

Further cleaning and painting was also done on the wheelsets.

“Deltic Retro Scot III” – DPS Members Priority Booking

Retro Railtours will shortly be opening bookings for its 10th Anniversary Railtour, “The Deltic Retro Scot III” on Saturday 25th August, which will take D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on a circular outing from Huddersfield/Marsden/Stalybridge/Manchester/Wigan/Preston to Edinburgh, out via the WCML and back to York via the ECML (then Class 67 hauled York-Preston in the evening). We are pleased to advise that the tour is now open for DPS member bookings by post/cheque – there is a £5 discount available on the advertised fares for members booking via this method (ie discounted to £84 Standard, £124 First, £210 Premier dining). Please note one discounted ticket per member only, and remember to include names/membership nos. on the booking form – non-members can be included in your booking, but they must pay the full fare. Retro Railtours will do its best to accommodate DPS members in the front coaches, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For a flyer with further details and a booking form, please CLICK HERE.

D9009 hauls ELR Class 40 convoy

In preparation for this weekend’s forthcoming ’40s@60′ event, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ took three Class 40s (D200, D213 ‘ANDANIA’ and 40012 ‘AUREOL’ to the East Lancashire Railway today, plus 47765 from Ruddington. In the picture below, the convoy is seen at Colton South Junction after collecting the locos from the GCR(N), Barrow Hill and the National Railway Museum.

D9009, along with 50015 ‘VALIANT’, will be providing a supporting ‘EE’ role alongside the five operational Class 40s at the ELR  this weekend (D200 will be appearing in a static capacity). Full details regarding the event, with a timetable/loco roster, can be found HERE . Do join us and everyone else involved for what should be a fantastic weekend!


New tour with D9009 – “The Auld Reekie”

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has announced details of another tour on the ECML featuring both ‘TORNADO’ and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. “The Auld Reekie” is scheduled to run from stations in Yorkshire (Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds and York) to Edinburgh on Sunday 7th October, with D9009 hauling the southbound leg of the train. Full details regarding the trip can be found on the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s website by CLICKING HERE.

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