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More Spa Valley Driver Experiences

Heavy demand for the Deltic Driver Experience courses has resulted in the use of 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Spa Valley Railway being extended by a week. The loco will be used on additional Driver Experience courses on September 2nd/3rd – for more details or to book, please visit the Spa Valley Railway website by CLICKING HERE. Currently, there are also two places remaining on August 11th, and one on August 13th.

Volunteer’s View – 1st April 2017

Graham Clarke reports on Saturday:

Saturday at Barrow Hill it was a major tidy up part one.  The container was emptied of redundant display cases, pit covering boards were moved from the stores to the container and two pallets of spare crankshafts were put on the racks where the pit boards came from.  Thanks to Mike and Steve.  Mike also lifted down a spare auxiliary generator armature for me.

An auxiliary generator is away for overhaul with Sulzer at the moment and it’s armature is in poor condition and woul…d cost a lot of money to have rewound.  The old one will be kept for potential use on a preserved line only basis.  The interpole coils may still have to be rewound, but the bill won’t be as big as it could be.  The generator will go on power unit 430 that’s being reactivated.

This problem highlights that we are now having to use our ‘crown jewels’.  It also shows just how much better we need to get and at fundraising, so we can reinvest in our assets for the long term future of our locos.

Power units were worked on by Beth, Nigel and Tom thanks to them.  Injector pockets are going back together, exhaust manifolds are now back together after decarbonisation and a coolant flow switch has been fitted.

Ray and Hutch worked on our health and safety management system and moved the signing on point to near the depot entrance.  Thanks, it’s much better.

On 15, Geoff worked on the cab ceiling where the lighting fuse box goes and Pete worked on checking the new lighting wiring and fitting the light fittings.  Thank you for your efforts.

Adrian took the nose air intake grills off 19′s no.2 end and fitted a missing bolt to the no.2 traction motor blower.  Thanks.

I terminated one end of the new no.2 start control contactor wiring and fitted two of the wires.  Once the other 5 are in I’ll cut them to length, terminate them and connect up the contactor.

Thanks to everyone for a good day.

Volunteer’s View – March 18th & 25th 2017

A double report from Graham Clarke:

A double bill this week, covering yesterday and the previous Saturday.

Power unit work has continued over the past two weeks, including some Sunday and Midweek work. A lot has been done on refitting overhauled injector pockets and exhaust system cleaning. Some preparatory work has been done towards taking off 430′s old main generator, but this needs another armature support bracket. The supplier has ransom ware on their computers, so I hope there are no delays. Thanks to Beth, Nigel and Tom.

Stuart removed all of 19′s old exhaust system lagging. There a lot of it! He also painted some of the framework around the no.1 nose air intake grills and got the area ready for welding. Thanks Stuart.

The compressors and no.2 nose were degreased and steam cleaned, ready for welding and painting. Thanks to Ray and Mike. They also did a quick trial of traffic film remover and steam cleaning the cab roof and nose. It worked quite successfully and a quick polish will make the loco look decent, but used.

On ‘TULYAR’, the no.1 cab lighting rewire is nearly ready for testing and it should be up and running by next Saturday. Thanks to Pete for doing this work. I’ve now finished the rewiring of the no. 2 control cut out low air pressure switch and removed the bad wiring from the no.2 start control contactor. One of the inline crimp repairs came apart while I was removing the old wiring, just to illustrate why I’m changing it. I also cut and temporarily marked the new wires ready to fit next week.

Extra date for Spa Valley Driver Experience

Further to the message earlier this week, owing to the popularity of the Deltic Driver Experience course at the Spa Valley Railway, an extra date has been added on Friday August 11th. Currently, five places remain on this day, and one place on the Sunday – please visit the Spa Valley’s web page by CLICKING HERE for more details and to book online.

Volunteer’s View – March 11th 2017

Graham Clarke’s report from last Saturday:

At Barrow Hill were Steve, Beth, Darrell, Nigel, Tom, Pete, Ray and I. Thanks to you all for your support.

Much power unit work was done, including finally working out between us how to change the output shaft seals that are in the phasing gearbox at the point the output shaft leaves the gearbox and becomes the connection to the driven end of the main generator. The generator does not have a back bearing it uses the output shaft bearing that is just behind the seals. This arrangement is known as overhung and it’s quite common on diesel locomotive power units. The difficult part is that the phasing case needs removing from rest of the engine to get the shaft out. It has a gear pressed onto the end of the shaft that is only accessible from the back of the gearbox. The gearbox and main generator will be removed as quickly as possible in the next few weeks, so that samples of the seals can be used to source new ones. I hope they don’t have to be made, but we shall have to see. See the cut away of the shaft assembly. The seals are item 17.

Elsewhere I helped Pete with the layout of the lighting wiring in 15′s no.1 cab. It’s a bit of a puzzle.

Spa Valley Driver Experience

Further to the recent announcement regarding 55019′s visit to the Spa Valley Railway in August, details of the line’s Deltic Driver Experience, which takes place on August 12th/13th, have now been released. Full details can be obtained by CLICKING HERE. Please note that spaces are limited, and some slots are already sold – so please book quickly!

55019 to visit Spa Valley Railway

The DPS and Spa Valley Railway are delighted to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the line for its Diesel Gala on August 3rd-6th. It will be the first appearance of a Deltic on the railway and we expect it to be a very popular guest. In addition to the Diesel Gala, the loco will remain at the Spa Valley throughout August and will be used as follows:
August 12th/13th – Deltic Driver Experience
August 19th/20th – Diesel Diagram (Green Timetable)
August 26th-28th – Spa Valley 20th Anniversary Gala
More details regarding all these events will appear in due course.

Volunteer’s View – February 25th 2017

Graham Clarke writes:

Yesterday at Barrow Hill were: Steve x 3, Pete x 2, Mick, Tom, Beth, Nigel, Mike and I.  Thank you very much for your hard work.

To summarise things, the following took place.  PU430 is now ready to have the generator removed (there’s a bit of logistics to that with splitting stands).   PU417 had work done to remove and refurbish main generator brush boxes.  The NRM unit had more stripping done, ready for separating B cyli…nder bank.

Old boilers were liberated and put in a convenient place ready to go to a collector.  TULYAR’S old complete and working when removed boiler has been retained.  it’s not likely we will put a boiler into any of the locos again, because there is no extra revenue available from doing it and steam pipes will also need replacing, due to corrosion.  Also, D9009 has radio equipment in the space now, hopefully D9015 will be the same one day and 55019′s steam pipe will be shot and need changing.

Further wiring work was done on D9015′s no.1 cab lighting, with most of the new wires now pulled in.  I completed looming up where wires have been replaced that go from the low air pressure switch (ACG2) to the far side of the no.2 cubicle.  You can fit cable ties one handed, but my hands and arms were tired yesterday, so I’m glad it’s done.

Volunteer’s View – February 18th 2017

More from Graham Clarke at Barrow Hill:

It was a productive day last Saturday at Barrow Hill. 55019 had it’s no.1 end traction motor blower air intake grills removed and further cleaning and rubbing down of paint work at the other end. The grills from no. 1 end and the surrounding body work are in much better condition than the other ends were and only a small amount of welding is needed in the corners of the body side apertures. It’s well worth catching it now, before it gets worse. The grills will also look better for being stripped and repainted. Thanks to Stuart, Adrian and Tom.

Geoff continued working his magic on 55019′s nose too doors. They will need welding in the corners, because corrosion has pushed up the corners and that lets the weather in, leading to corrosion in the nose end. This is a particular problem at no.2 end, because it does not get coated in a film of oil like no.1 end does. The vacuum exhausters for the vacuum brakes tend to give off an oil mist that stops the worst of any corrosion at that end.

I had a bit of a tedious morning with Ray sorting out and starting the forklift, although we now have a decent battery charger for it. And I patched up a Dewalt drill, a professional tool that you can’t easily replace the motor brushes on. How ridiculous is that?

I did manage to replace a P24 wire on 15 that had been extended with a crimped joint on the S4 starting contactor interlocks, remove some redundant wires and loom most of the wiring around the train heating (ETS) contactors that I had to take to pieces over the last couple of weeks. Hopefully, I won’t get side tracked so much next Saturday.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered last Saturday.

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