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Volunteer’s View – 28/02/15

Below is Graham Clarke’s report from last Saturday:

Geoff, Mike and I were at Barrow Hill today. Ray made a quick visit to drop off some parts for traction motor conduits for 55015.

Geoff cleaned one side and a nose end of 55019.

Mike and I sorted all of 55015′s air tanks to make sure they are all in the huge wooden box. They are now all there and ready to go for pressure testing.

Mike then checked the oil levels in the radiator fan gearboxes, with a little help from me with a knackered filler plug. There is now a new one fitted. He also checked the compressor, vacuum exhauster and battery fluid levels and topped them up. And finally tried to find a small coolant leak in the roof above one of the exhaust collector drums.

I checked the two pairs of main and auxiliary generators’ brush gear and cleaned them up.

All together it was a worthwhile day. There remains plenty to do before next season’s visits begin. Not least is a good steam clean of 19′s engine room. It’s pretty filthy after last year’s busy season.

D9009 to haul ‘The White Rose’ on June 2nd

We are pleased to report that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to work the northbound leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s ‘White Rose’ tour from King’s Cross to York on Tuesday 2nd June. It will be the first appearance of D9009 at King’s Cross for almost two years, and the third tour to feature both ‘ALYCIDON’ and ‘TORNADO’, recreating the chance to travel on the East Coast Main Line behind a ‘Deltic’ and A1.

Full details concerning the trip and how to book can be found on the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust website by CLICKING HERE.

SVR Roster amendment

We have been advised of an amendment to the roster published on February 7th. 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ has been allocated an additional running day on Saturday 25th July, when it will operate the ‘Timetable C’ (2 trips) diagram.

Volunteer’s View – Saturday 7th February

A report from Graham Clarke:

It was a bit quieter at Barrow Hill today than last week. A number were at the Doncaster model railway show.

Tom serviced the handbrake mechanisms on 55019, Steve carried on with removing the last of the thick crud from under 55015, Ray fixed some work lights and I cleaned more switchgear on 55015.

The underside of Tulyar is close to being ready for steam cleaning and painting, but it needs some warmer weather. The switchgear cleaning is now nearing completion (finally). We also arranged today to move 55019 out of the way on 21/02/15, so we can liberate the air tanks for 55015 and the spare main generator from power unit 415.

The air tanks need testing to allow the rebuild of 15s nose ends, which is starting soon. The main generator will go away for completion ready to fit on a spare power unit; probably 451 ready to go in a loco. The aim is to provide a serviceable spare and ultimately two units for 55015. The momentum is starting to pick up now, but more funding will be needed.

Please note the DPS Depot will not be open on Saturday 14th February.

Severn Valley Railway running dates – 55019

The 2015 season running days for 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Severn Valley Railway have now been finalised and these are detailed below:

Timetable A (11.45 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.25 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster):

Tuesday 5th May, Wednesday 6th May, Thursday 7th May, Friday 8th May, Monday 21st September, Tuesday 22nd September, Wednesday 23rd September, Thursday 24th September, Friday 25th September.

Timetable C (09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster):

Saturday 2nd May, Monday 25th May, Saturday 18th July, Saturday 15th August, Monday 31st August.

Diesel Gala (Diagrams to be confirmed much nearer time):

Thursday 1st October, Friday 2nd October, Saturday 3rd October.

In addition, the loco is being used on a number of ‘Footplace Experience’ courses – for more details and availability, please see

Volunteer’s View – January 31st

A report from last weekend, courtesy of Graham Clarke:

Well, what a busy day it was at Barrow Hill today! There were 13 volunteers there today working on various projects. I normally list them, but I’ll miss someone, if I try, so I won’t today. Thank you to each and every one.

There was a large working party on 55002 and stripping the marine engine sold to the NRM to provide cylinder blocks to fix the defective power unit in it.

Spare power units were worked on, 55019 had work done towards its winter exam and I worked on switchgear again. In addition to that the lifting brackets were persuaded out of D9015 (with a hydraulic jack) as they were stuck fast. This is to allow for work to complete the lifting pocket doors and cab steps.

I also re-wired the low fuel level switch cable, because it was too short and the final over fill shut off valve was fitted to the fuel tanks. One pipe is now missing and the tanks are ready for a water leak test.

And as a favour to the lads who work on 37057, we had 47848 in today to make room for spraying 37051, which looks fantastic by the way.

The ’47′ looks good too in its dark blue Riviera livery and was being fitted with GSM-R radio.

‘Torbay & Dart Explorer’ – DPS member discounts

We are delighted to advise that Pathfinder Tours have agreed to offer DPS members a £5 discount on advertised fares on the ‘Torbay & Dart Explorer’ from Derby to Kingswear with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on Saturday 4th July. Full details regarding the excursion, which also picks up at East Midlands Parkway (for the M1), Loughborough, Leicester, Nuneaton, Coleshill Parkway, Birmingham New St, Barnt Green (for M42) and Cheltenham Spa, can be found on the Pathfinder website by clicking HERE.

The discount (one discounted ticket per member) is available when booking by post or phone, and you must quote your membership number at the time of booking. Details of how to book are:

Phone: Telephone (01453) 835414 or (01453) 834477 – the Pathfinder booking office is open from Monday to Friday, 09.15 to 16.45.

Post: Download the booking form HERE and post to Pathfinder Tours at Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5EZ.

Bookings can also be made online via the link HERE but DPS member discounts are not available if using this method of booking.

We look forward to seeing many members  on board this excursion behind D9009.


D9009 to Kingswear – Saturday 4th July

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is being hired by Pathfinder Tours for its ‘Torbay & Dart Explorer’ on Saturday 4th July. The train starts at Derby and picks up at stations in the Midlands and Cheltenham before heading for Paignton and Kingswear. This will be the first time a ‘Deltic’ has hauled a through train beyond Paignton onto the privately operated line. Other highlights include the journey along the Dawlish sea wall and a run up Lickey on the return.

More details regarding the excursion can be found on Pathfinder’s website by clicking here.

Bluebell gala news

We are pleased to advise that there will now be three days of ‘Deltic’ action at the Bluebell Railway, with the addition of Friday 17th April to the event. In addition, there will be a Deltic-hauled diner on the Friday evening, more details to follow very soon.

Volunteer’s View – Saturday 10th January

This report from last Saturday comes from Graham Clarke:

It was the Xmas raffle draw today. The results are up on a separate story on the website.

As well as the draw, 19 got it’s auxiliary generator drive shafts checked, spare power units were worked on, the container got tidied, brake valves were packed to go for repairs and I cleaned yet more switchgear. Also, yet more of the last of the dirt was removed from under 15′s no.2 end.

Among the junk in the container was a 20 pin plug and cable that connects the power unit to the electrical control cubicle on some EE locos. I don’t know how we came to have it. We did have some common parts ex 40035 years ago; maybe it came from it. It is now with the owners of D213.

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