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Volunteer’s View – September 30th 2017

The latest report from Graham Clarke…

Time for an update on progress at DPS Towers at Barrow Hill. Over the last couple of weeks 55019 has been completed to a point where it’s ready to go to the Bluebell Railway for our 40th Anniversary Celebration’s. More work will be needed over next winter on the exhaust system and internal painting. Hopefully, it won’t be of the intensity experienced this year. It’s been too much at times.

Stuart, Chris, Geoff, Bob and Mike completed running checks and the ‘C’ Exam for now. The loco’s also been fully bombed up with oil and coolant for D9009 as well as 19.

Geoff has worked his magic with the polish and it’s hard to tell that 19’s cabs and noses have been painted and the body sides haven’t. Amazing!

Further work on power units was done by Beth and Nigel last week.

Pete’s been busy rewiring no.2 end cab lighting circuits on 55015.. This is now well advanced apart from a minor fault that’s causing a fuse to blow at no.1 end and a disco light show among the instrument lights. Hopefully, it will be easy to find and fix.

Thanks very much indeed to all those who have worked so hard to get 19 ready, progress 15 and help with the successful Barrow Hill reopening event.

And 15’s silencers have arrived from the repairers this week. They are looking good now.

Talk at the Bluebell Railway by Gordon Pettitt

As an added attraction to the Bluebell Railway visit by the three Deltics, Bluebell Railway President, Gordon Pettitt, will be presenting a talk, Trial Trips and Deltic performance on the ECML

Date: Saturday 7th October 2017
Time: 14.15 to 14.45
Venue: Birch Grove Suite which is the function room above the Bessemer Arms Restaurant at Sheffield Park Station. This does have disabled access.

Apart from being BRPS President, Gordon was a Manager on the Eastern Region of British Railways when the Deltics were introduced and so has a unique insight into their performance in the early days and so is obviously of interest to DPS members.

Do tell your friends – Mr Pettitt, also later GM of the Southern Region, has a wealth of anecdotes.

Bluebell ‘DPS40′ event – downloadable loco rosters

In addition to the timetables with loco allocations (available by CLICKING HERE), full diagrams for the individual locos can now be downloaded  for D9002 ( see KOYLI Diagrams Bluebell October 2017 final  ) and D9009/55019  (see DPS Diagrams Bluebell October 2017 final ). Diagrams may be subject to change but all efforts to run as shown here will be undertaken.

Saturday evening sees an EMRPS photographic charter, ‘The Bluebell Deltic Triple’, featuring all three locos, priced at £25 – advance bookings only as numbers are limited. More information is available HERE.

Last week, D9002 and D9009 both had their annual exam carried out at York, and the convoy move to the Bluebell Railway which is expected to take place on Tuesday 3rd October.

Volunteers View – September 10th & 17th

Graham Clarke updates on a couple of weekends at Barrow Hill:

An update on the last couple of weeks at Barrow Hill. Work has focused on 55019. It now has both sets of nose air intake grills fitted and the noses painted. Thanks to Stuart for his sterling work on this major task.

Thanks to Bob and Steve for cleaning out the boiler area. It was very dirty on the floor and that’s why the exhaust silencers are being modified to provide better sealing where the exhaust gas passes through the roof. The original design is woefully inadequate and leaks oil into the engine room.

The winter exam is proceeding to its conclusion with help from Chris, Mike, Beth, Nigel and Tom. Thanks.

I’ve now completed the calibration on the coolant switches. The no.2 high water temperature shut down switch was way out of calibration. The switches obviously need checking regularly and it’s not in the maintenance schedule. It was probably done on works attention. I also need to add a reliable and quick way to cool the switches to my test kit.

More work has been done towards replacing the no.2 cab lighting wiring on D9015. Thanks Pete.

Last Saturday, Mike and Geoff tidied up and cleaned the depot ready for the reopening event for Barrow Hill.

Separately, I went to York and supervised the delivery and fitting of new auxiliary voltage regulators for D9009. These work really well and replace the very tired original carbon pile ones. There is a small issue to sort out with the mounting of the new AVR, because it is fitted to part of the load regulator than is hinged and swings out of the control cubicle. The new unit catches on the side of the cubicle when to try to swing it out. It needs moving forward on new brackets.

Bluebell Railway ‘DPS40′ – Full Timetable/Loco Roster

The Bluebell Railway has now issued the full timetable and loco roster for the ‘DPS40′ event which is now less than three weeks away (Friday October 6th-Sunday October 8th). It can be downloaded in PDF format by CLICKING HERE.

Tickets for the event can be booked in advance (avoid the queues!), this can be done via the Bluebell Railway site by following THIS LINK. We look forward to seeing many DPS members and followers there.

The Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise – DPS Member Discount

Further to the posting at the weekend, we are pleased to advise that DPS members can benefit from a £5 reduction on the advertised fares on this tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on December 30th. Please note that this discount cannot be applied to bookings made online, and it will not be possible to issue refunds once a booking has been made. To obtain the discount, please book direct with the Pathfinder Office (by post, phone or fax) giving your names/DPS membership number (s) and a discount of £5 will be given per member (note – this is valid for members only and there is one £5 discount per membership number).

Pathfinder contact details:

Post -  Pathfinder Tours, Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5EZ. A printable booking form can be obtained by CLICKING HERE.

Phone – Tel (01453) 835414 or (01453) 834477.

Fax – (01453) 834053.

Full details concerning the tour can be obtained by CLICKING HERE.

The Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise – Saturday December 30th

Pathfinder Tours have now announced full detail regarding this tour, which takes D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from York to Liverpool and back. The outward run is via Brighouse and Blackburn, featuring a run over Copy Pit, while the return leg retraces the route of the 19.10 Liverpool-York, which ‘ALYCIDON’ hauled almost 36 years to the day (on December 27th 1981).

The tour starts at Willington, and is Class 68 hauled to York (with pick-ups at Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Doncaster, York and Leeds) and there is an optional ‘mini-tour’ using the Class 68 to turn the stock at Liverpool. We hope to be announce details of  how to book and obtain a discounted fare for DPS members in the next few days – watch this space.

Full details regarding the tour can be found on Pathfinder’s website by CLICKING HERE.

Volunteer’s View – September 2nd 2017

Another report from Graham Clarke…

Last Saturday at Barrow Hill was very successful.  Stuart and Geoff fitted the no.1 end nose air intake grills.  Thanks, it looks complete now. A new volunteer (I am lousy with names, sorry) bolted down the boiler roof.  Thanks, see you again soon.

Various fuel system and engine work was completed on 55019 and the spare power units by Beth and Nigel.  At the end of the day 19 was run up for a few minutes to check for leaking fuel injectors and all was ok.  Thanks.

Mike completed all the greasing jobs and checked the radiator fan gearbox oil levels on 19.  Thanks Mike.

Nat plus one worked on the seat bases and the cab of 55008 generally.  I’m impressed with the paint finish.  Thanks to you both.

I completed the coolant temperature switches at no.2 end of 55019.

Forthcoming events – summary

As a reminder to everyone, here is a summary of forthcoming events

Friday September 22nd-Sunday September 24th: Barrow Hill’s Grand Reopening Gala takes place this weekend and the DPS depot will be open as part of this event which also stars two other types of ECML traction, an A1 and an A3. Full details can be found HERE.

Friday October 6th-Sunday October 8th: The DPS celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year and the Bluebell Railway are kindly holding a special event for us to mark the occasion. Three Deltics will be in operation, with our own D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ being joined by 55002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’, courtesy of the National Railway Museum/KOYLI Group. Martin Walker has advised that 55022 ‘ROYAL SCOTS GREY’ will, unfortunately, not be able to attend as repairs following its failure in July will not be completed in time. Tickets for the event can be booked in advance via the Bluebell Railway’s website HERE.

Saturday October 21st: The next main line tour featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ takes place on this date, taking the loco on a trip to the South Coast. Pathfinder’s ‘Swanage Belle’ starts at Burton, and more information can be obtained by CLICKING HERE.

Look out also for an announcement in the next few days regarding another exciting tour with D9009 which is being planned for Saturday December 30th.

Volunteer’s View – August 26th 2017

Graham Clarke is back…

I’ve not posted anything for the last two weeks, due to being on holiday. Last Saturday at Barrow Hill, 55019 had the old boiler compartment painted out by Bob, Martin and Steve. It looks good now. Thank you.

Geoff and Mike cleaned the dust off of 55015 ready for the Barrow Hill grand reopening event. It looks totally different. Thanks to you both.

Nat, her boyfriend and Darrell worked on items for 55008′s cab, including the swanky recovered seats. Thanks very much.

I hosted a visiting member in morning and then tested and started to fit a new high water temperature shut down switch to 55019. Although it’s a new switch, it’s been in stores for well over 30 years. So, I tested it about 10 times for tripping and resetting temperature. It is accurate and repeatable. It might be a little low when it resets, but I am satisfied it performs properly. Teddington Controls build good quality switches and you can still buy the same design all these years later!

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