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Volunteer’s View – August 31st to September 7th 2019

An update from Graham Clarke covering the last couple of weeks at Barrow Hill:

It’s been a little quiet, due to various external commitments.

The following’s been achieved:

Steve – steam cleaning of cubicle doors and covers from 55015. One door is ex D9018 Ballymoss!

The remaining negative wire in 55015’s no.2 control cubicle was traced and the traction motor blower wiring was checked successfully. Thanks to Pete V for helping with these tasks.

Both overhauled generators in store were insulation tested and found in very good order. Thanks to Pete S for helping me.

Alex – prepared and primed various areas of damaged paintwork on 55015.

I reviewed a number of engineering documents to find the test specifications for earth fault relays.

Darrell- returned sales stock after the GCR Gala and made a start on the yearly stocktake
Trevor- unbolted bearer pads on 55015, 13 were successfully removed the others require further attention.
Nigel- painted inside the nose end of the cab from D9008.

Nigel and Beth painted the first of the new display boards.

Volunteer’s View – August 17th & 24th 2019

Graham Clarke has a lengthy update from Barrow Hill:

Two Saturday’s ago we had a meeting to discuss how to best further the completion of 55015. It was well attended and positive. We discussed how best to communicate about the work that’s going on and I think some positives came out of that conversation. It can be quite difficult to co-ordinate when there are working days on more than one day per week. I thank everyone for there tremendous contribution to the efforts they put into all three locos.

At the end of the meeting Peter gave another short training session on the maintenance of motors and generators. Thank you, I think it was well received and informative.

Geoff has been busy painting the foot steps ready to go onto 55015 when it’s ready to receive them. They’ll go on one the panels under the cab doors are fitted. They are off at the moment to allow access to pipe connections.

Mike finally managed to remove a broken bolt from one of the fuel tank connections, allowing them to be fully completed.

During the last couple of weeks, further progress was made on fitting the small air tank that is the control reservoir for the brake distributor in the no.1 one nose end of 55015. New nose end air filters are also on order thanks to hairy Steve measuring them up and finding a sample.

Alex, Pete and I also spent a fair amount of time looking for information on how the top dead centre tool woks with the timing gear that we have. This tells you when the exhaust piston has reached the upper limit of its travel as the crankshaft rotates. PU451 will have the timing checked, because the parading gearbox was removed to change the output shaft seals. It should have not moved, but it’s just not worth trusting that and risking damaging the engine.

Nigel and Beth have now completed both head code blinds for 55015. Nigel is very proficient in the black art of repairing these over complicated and cantankerous devices. Thanks!

With Pete’s help, the lights in 55015 are now completed, part from fitting new bulbs when they arrive courtesy of Stuart.

A lot of work has gone on during the week to progress restoring parts for the cab of D9008 and engine mounting feet for 55015. As part of this effort, new window, head code glass and instrument panel seals are now on order thanks to Darrell.

Inside the bottom of them, there is a limit stop that prevents the power unit moving too far. It a disk surrounded by rubber bumpers connected to an adjustable shaft that is attached to the upper parts of the mount that moves on the main suspension Metalastik pads. It don’t think anybody has touched these since the locos were built and the rubbers are totally shot. We are investigating how to make replacements. I spent some time with Nigel J on Saturday removing the last of the bottom plate screws that were putting up a bit of a fight. We won and the mounts are all now fully stripped and painted. They will be rebuilt with all new rubbers and then go onto the floor of 55015 ready to take power units.

Outside the depot Stuart and Wizz ran up 55019 and checked it over ready to go to the Nene Valley Railway later this week. It’s always nice to hear one running to remind you what it’s all about.

I have also reduced to one the negative connections that I need to identify in the bottom of 55015’s no.2 control cubicle. Pete is also helping me to get new cab heater elements manufactured to replace the junk that we have that’s causing problems with earth faults, due. To the life expired insulation disks in the mounts at the ends of the elements.

Hopefully, repairs to D9009 will also start within the next couple of weeks, due to monies received from our insurers. More information. Please keep an eye out for more detailed information over the next few weeks.

A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered in recent weeks, including those specifically mentioned and: Mick, Martin, Bob, Trevor, John and Mark. I apologise if I have missed anyone.

55019 prepared for Nene Valley visit

Stuart Page writes:

On 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, final checks were concluded on Saturday with the loco moved outside and running checks carried out. Times are still to be advised but planned movement to the Nene Valley Railway is on Wednesday 28th August.

UPDATE 27/08: Timings for the move, which leaves Barrow Hill just after 12.00 and runs via Toton, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray to the NVR have now been received and can be found HERE.

The photo below, by Darrell Marsh, shows the second power unit being started up.


55019 on ‘Train Truckers’

A new series starts on TV channel Yesterday next week,  and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ features in the episode due to be shown at 21.00 on Thursday 12th September, following its visit to the Spa Valley Railway last year. The full schedule for the six episodes is as follows:

29th August – Classic Steam Locomotive
Britannia 70000 and Class 230

5th September – Giant Royal Locomotive
5199 Prairie, 7822 Foxcote Manor and Class 66

12th Sept – Mega Freight
Deltic 55019 and CAF Class 195

19th Sept – Railway Mega Machines
Standard 5 73096 and Rail Crane Cowans Sheldon 50 Tonne Jib

26th Sept – High Speed Super Train
Hitachi and S160

3rd Oct – Colossal Coastal
Tamping Machine and Class 37 37275

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!


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.


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.

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