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55019 running at GCR Beer Festival – September 21st-23rd

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be operating for three days (Friday September 21st to Sunday September 23rd) as part of the Great Central Railway’s beer festival which features bars at Loughborough Central, Quorn & Woodhouse and Rothley.  Booked workings for 55019 are:

Friday September 21st: 12.30/14.00/15.45/17.30/19.10 ex Loughborough, 13.15/14.45/16.30/18.15/20.00 ex Leicester North.

Saturday September 22nd: 12.00/14.00/16.15/18.00/20.00 ex Loughborough, 12.45/14.45/17.00/18.45/20.45 ex Leicester North.

Sunday September 23rd: 10.20/12.00/14.00/16.15 ex Loughborough, 11.05/12.45/14.45/17.00 ex Leicester North.

Further details concerning the event and links to full timetables for each day can be found on the Great Central Railway’s website by clicking HERE.

The Waverley Re-Union – Saturday January 5th 2019

Pathfinder Tours has announced details of the first ‘Deltic’ hauled railtour of 2019, which will see D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ running as D9007 ‘PINZA’ on ‘The Waverley Re-Union’ tour to Tweedbank, marking the 50th anniversary of the colsure of the Waverley route. The last train, which was hauled by ‘PINZA’ (hence the renumbering/renaming for the day), ran 50 years ago to the day on January 5th 1969.

Pick-ups for the tour are Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington BQ, Wigan NW, Preston and Carlisle. For full details and to make a booking, please visit Pathfinder Tours’ website by CLICKING HERE.

D9009 on ‘The Talisman’

Despite a slightly late start from Newcastle, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ arrived at King’s Cross a few minutes early with the southbound leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour, ‘The Talisman’ this evening. The picture below, kindly supplied by Andrew Watts, shows the loco on ‘home territory’ after arrival at King’s Cross.

D9009 is due to return from Wembley to Barrow Hill tomorrow afternoon, and booked timings for this move can be found HERE.

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Volunteer’s View -September 1st & 8th 2018

Graham Clarke writes:

A joint update for the last two Saturdays. The steps were completed to the upper cabin by Ray and Dave.

Nat, Beth and Nigel continued with the restoration of 55008’s cab. It’s now looking much tidier both inside and out.

Steve prepared and primer painted the areas behind 55015’s buffers and the new inner jacking pocket doors.

I spent most of the day attending to a faulty driver’s safety device (deadman’s) system on D9009 that intermittently goes off when the loco is in engine only, which it shouldn’t. This then initiates an alarm call to the signaller on the GSM-R radio that you have to cancel very quickly. It found some dirty contacts below the master controller (power handle). I also cleaned all the others while the cover was off. It tested okay, but there’s nothing like real operational prove all really is okay! The photos show the contacts stripped down for cleaning and going through the sequence from off, through reverse to engine only and into forward.

Thanks to you all for your support.

GCR Running Days – 55019

The Great Central Railway’s diesel gala is now just a few days away, and features 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in acton on all three days. See the posting HERE for the full diagrams.

The rest of the GCR running days featuring 55019 during its visit are as follows:

Friday 21st-Sunday 23rd September – Beer Festival

Monday 15th/Tuesday 16th October – Driver Experience

Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st October – Diesel diagram/DPS members day on Saturday

Thursday 25th/Friday 26th October – Driver Experience

Please note that all the Driver Experience days are now fully booked

Great Central Railway Diesel Gala

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ should arrive at the Great Central Railway later today, in readiness for its appearance at the line’s gala on September 7th-9th. Timetables and loco rosters for this event have now been released and 55019 is booked to work as follows:

Friday September 7th: 12.15 Loughborough-Leicester North, 13.00 Leicester North-Loughborough, 13.45 Loughborough-Leicester North, 14.30 Leicester North-Loughborough, 15.25 Loughborough-Qourn & Woodhouse (vans), 15.55 Quorn & Woodhouse-Rothley Brook (L/E), 16.40 Rothley Brook-Loughborough, 17.30 Loughborough-Leicester North, 18.15 Leicester North-Loughborough.

Saturday September 8th: 12.00 Loughborough-Leicester North, 12.45 Leicester North-Loughborough, 14.20 Loughborough-Rothley Brook (TPO), 15.13 Rothley Brook-Loughborough, 17.15 Loughborough-Leicester North, 18.00 Leicester North-Loughborough, 19.15 Leicester North-Loughborough, 20.40 Leicester North-Loughborough.

Sunday September 9th: 10.30 Loughborough-Leicester North, 11.15 Leicester North-Loughborough, 12.10 Loughborough-Rothley Brook, 13.05 Rothley Brook-Loughborough (TPO), 14.20 Loughborough-Rothley Brook (TPO), 15.13 Rothley Brook-Loughborough, 16.15 Loughborough-Leicester North, 17.05 Leicester North-Loughborough.

Full timetables for the event and further information can be found on the GCR website by clicking HERE.

Volunteer’s View – August 25th 2018

Graham Clarke writes:

A busy day on Saturday. My first job was getting D9009 started, checked over, handed over to the Driver, Paul Lindley, and away from Burton on Trent Wetmore Sidings by 02:32. Thanks to Nemesis Rail, Mike and Paul.

Later in the day, Ray, Steve and I mostly put up the stairs to our upper office cabin. This wasn’t my plan, but the weather was fine, so it was best to make good us of it.

Thanks to everyone involved in running the Deltic Retro Scot 3 Tour. I have seen some fantastic photos of the train.

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D9009 on the ‘Deltic Retro Scot III’

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a great performance on Retro Railtours’ 10th Anniversary special, the ‘Deltic Retro Scot 3′, from Huddersfield to Edinburgh at the weekend, ctouching the magic 100 mph on a number of occasions on both the West Coast and East Coast Main Lines. A big thank you to our service crew who took it in turns to ride on and look after the loco (with an 02.32 departure from Burton, it was a long day, requiring several shifts) and also the team on board who ran the sales stand and raffle.

D9009 returned to Barrow Hill from York on Sunday morning, and its next planned outing is on the return leg of the A1 Steam Loco Trust’s on September 15th.

The picture below shows D9009 at Craigentinny, where the loco was fuelled and the coaching stock serviced.

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Volunteer’s View – August 18th 2018

Graham Clarke writes:

It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill last Saturday.

D9009 received a Fitness to Run examination ready for Thursday’s move to Burton on Trent ready for the Tour on Saturday. Pete, Dave and Beth mostly did the work.

John was busy with finance and depot development. Darrell was busy with getting sales ready for Saturday. Nat, James, Beth and Nigel worked on painting the cab of D9008. Howard cleaned the dust off the bogie bolsters.

Later on both sets of draw gear and the new couplings were installed in D9015 by Steve, Dave G and Pete.

I spent the morning finding important bogie documents relating to axle box bearings ready for an upcoming audit and mainline certification of 55015’s bogies.

Geoff was busy cleaning and painting, including one of the new couplings.

Sheaf Engineering has made substantial progress with the bogies. They are now wheeled and the traction motors are fitted. They are now well on the way to completion, maybe by the end of this week.

Ray has been helping sort out the material specification at a laboratory in Sheffield of the metal for new bearer pads and getting copies made.

Bob and Darrell came in the week to work on painting the engine room floor in D9009.

Thank you everyone. It was a very constructive day, not forgetting the midweek work.

Spa Valley Railway this weekend

A reminder to everyone that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be in action at the Spa Valley Railway for all three over the Bank Holiday Weekend. This will be the last opportunity to sample ‘Deltic’ haulage on the line before 55019 departs for the Great Central Railway next Tuesday. The Spa Valley will be running its green timetable (mixed steam and diesel), with the Deltic booked to work the following services:

11.10 ex Eridge, 12.00 ex Tunbridge Wells West, 14.30 ex Eridge, 15.20 ex Tunbridge Wells West.

The full timetable for all three days can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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