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Volunteer’s View – October 20th/21st 2018

Graham Clarke writes… I was at the GCR on Thursday morning and on Saturday/Sunday. Saturday was Members’ day. It was good to see old friends and one or two new ones too. Sunday was a normal running day with three round trips. It was nice that the GCR could arrange for one of our members to have a cab ride on the first trip. Thanks also to our driver John. 55019 performed well, although there is a small problem with losing auxiliary power at one end of the loco or the other, if both engines are running. I know what’s happening and how to work around it to get everything working. I need to do more tests on various bits of equipment to fully diagnose what needs replacing. I didn’t have the equipment away from Barrow Hill to do that.

During the week, the guys from York kindly finished fitting the draw hooks and dropped the compressors into 55015. Thanks to Pete and his team for the help. It is really appreciated.

GCR DPS Members Day success

The DPS Members Day with 55019 at the Great Central Railway on Saturday was extremely well attended, with many people enjoying trips behind ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ which has had a busy 2018 season. It was a particularly notable day for one member, Jonathan Wilcox, who achieved his ambition of travelling 10,000  miles behind 55019 before his 30th birthday (which is in December). Jonathan first rode behind ‘RHF’ at the GCR when he was just four months old on April 30th 1989, and when the loco was based at the Great Central Railway and East Lancaster Railway, missed very few running days (thanks largely due to his father Pete being part of the loco support crew). The pictures below show him with 55019 at the GCR in 1991 and again at the DPS members day last Saturday.



Volunteer’s View – Saturday October 13th 2018

A report from the DPS depot by Graham Clarke:

It was a quiet day at the Deltic Preservation Society Depot at Barrow Hill on Saturday. I was on my own for part of the day until Darrell arrived to dismantle some scaffolding to allow the cab of 55008 to be moved to access a bogie parked behind it. Thanks Darrell.

I spent the day cleaning out our inspection pit. It was a bit untidy to say the least.

During the week Ray organised for new light to go up outside the main depot entrance and down the pathway to our mess cabin and office. It’s makes fumbling with keys to the Depot much easier in the dark! A number of electrical items received safety tests at the same time. The previous week it was forklift repairs to our diesel machine that had a battery charging fault. Thanks Ray.

On Thursday I took delivery of an overhauled traction motor and an auxiliary generator from Sulzer. Thanks to them. The forklift worked perfectly and it didn’t rain on me for a change! The traction motor is a spare one to support mostly D9009 in the event of a failure. The auxiliary generator will go onto one of our spare power units ready to go into probably 55015.

DPS members day next weekend

Next Saturday (October 20th) see the DPS Members Day take place at the Great Central Railway. Further to the previous notification regarding free travel on the Deltic hauled daytime services with wristbands, the GCR has asked that, where possible, DPS members should join the train at Loughborough where these will be available. The TTIs on board the train will also have a few wristbands available – please do not attempt to obtain at Quorn, Rothley and Leicester booking offices.

As a reminder, the trains hauled by 55019 will be 10.20/12.00/14.00 ex Loughborough and 11.05/12.45/14.45 ex Leicester North. In addition, ‘RHF’ will also work the evening Fish & Chip special for those who have pre-booked on this.

55019 will also be in action at the GCR on Sunday 21st October working the same daytime services as above. Standard fares apply on this day.


Volunteer’s View – Saturday October 6th

Graham Clarke is back from his travels:

It’s been a little while since my last update from the Deltic Preservation S Depot at Barrow Hill. I’ve been away on holiday photographing trains in Southern California. The trains are bigger there, much longer, heavier and more locos. The scenery is also spectacular.

Anyway, that’s enough from overseas. The office upstairs in the second floor cabin now has a new worktop without a superfluous water heater and sink. We already have one in the mess room downstairs. The double door filling cabinets are in place and two tables are coming to work at. Finance, engineering and volunteer records are going in steadily. Thanks to Ray, John, Mike, Dave and Geoff.

The cab of ‘THE GREEN HOWARDS’ is now looking tidy in green primer. Thanks to Nat, Beth, Nigel and James.

15 now has the couplings back in and new split cotter pins to lock the huge 4” across fixing nut in place. While they were out, the hooks were checked for wear and professionally crack tested. Everything is in good order. Thanks to Pete, Steve, Dave G and Mick.

Dave and Pete also looked at a damaged thread in the casting where the engine coolant temperature probes fit. It’s going to need a replacement thread putting in or an oversized dry pocket fitting. Thanks. Yesterday was partly with Pete and Hairy Steve planning for working parties on ‘TULYAR’ and sorting out ready for that. It’s exciting to think about increased progress and the possibility of loco completion.

Steve was busy painting buffer beams and inside jacking pockets. Thanks.

Ray’s also been busy on forklift maintenance, depot electrical maintenance and lifting tackle.. All stuff that goes largely unnoticed, but is essential to the safe operation of the depot. John has also obtained new safety banners and display banners. It’s a big visual improvement.

If I have missed anyone or anything, then I apologise in advance. I’ve not been around.

DPS Members Day/Deltic Running Weekend at GCR – October 20th/21st

The next event featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Great Central Railway will take place on October 20th/21st, when the Deltic is rostered to work three round daytime trips on both days (10.20/12.00/14.00 ex Loughborough and 11.05/12.45/14.45 ex Leicester North).

The Saturday also doubles up as DPS Members Day and on this day, DPS members can travel for free on these Deltic hauled services on production of a valid DPS membership card (one ticket per member), and you will be given a wristband, which will also entitle you to a free pint on the evening Fish & Chip special if you have booked on that (please note that this is currently fully booked). During the day, there will be the chance to meet and chat with several DPS board members, and there will also be a raffle with the chance to win a cab ride on 55019. Darrell will also have a number of Sales items for sale. We look forward to seeing many members at this event.

Another successful outing for D9009

D9009 completed another successful trip today, working Pathfinder’s ‘Deltic Deviator’ tour from York to Carlisle and back, covering a number of traditional Deltic diversionary routes (the Durham Coast, Blythe & Tyne and Newcastle to Carlisle) and returning via the Settle & Carlisle line. The picture below shows the train at Appleby on the return working during a photo-stop/leg stretch. D9009 is returning to Willington on the rear of the tour and then to Nemesis Rail at Burton.


‘The Deltic Deviator ‘ – Saturday 29th September

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to run light engine from Barrow Hill to York tomorrow (Friday 28th September), in readiness for its appearance at the head of Saturday’s Pathfinder tour, ‘The Deltic Deviator’ to Carlisle via a variety of traditional Deltic diversionary routes. Departure from Barrow Hill is scheduled at 11.20 and full timings can be found by clicking HERE.

Full details concerning the trip, along with confirmed pick-up and set-down times can be found on Pathfinder’s website on THIS PAGE. A Class 68 will haul the morning/evening legs between Willington and York and full timings for the trup can be found at the following links: OUTWARD / RETURN . We look forward to seeing many of you on board or at the lineside.

October 7th tour postponed to 2019

Please note that the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s ‘Auld Reekie’ tour from Doncaster to Edinburgh on Sunday October 7th and featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on the southbound leg, has been postponed and will now run on March 3rd 2019. For further information concerning the postponement, please see the Tornado repair update on the A1SLT’s website by clicking HERE.  Full details concerning the trip can be found here HERE.

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.

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