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Volunteer’s View: April 26th 2014

Today with Alex, Ray, Mike, Tom, Stuart, Geoff & Steve, we completed the exam work and paperwork on no. 19. It’s now all ready to go to the SVR.  We also set up the vacuum brakes (too low), fixed a fault on no.1 engine governor causing it not to load (no power). Other faults with auxiliary power control and throttle sequence control (engines not speeding up properly). Thanks to everybody, I’m pleased we got it all done on time – phew!

Graham Clarke

D9009 at ELR over Easter

A reminder to everyone that D9009 ‘Alycidon’ is booked to work the Diesel Diagram at the East Lancashire Railway on Easter Sunday (April 20th) and Bank Holiday Monday (April 21st). The booked workings on both days are:

09.30 Bury- Rawtenstall, 10.15 Rawtenstall-Heywood, 11.30 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 12.45 Rawtenstall-Heywood, 14.10 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 15.15 Rawtenstall-Heywood, 16.20 Heywood-Bury.

Please note if using public transport, Manchester Victoria tram stop is closed at present.

The next booked passenger operating day for D9009 at the ELR after the above dates is on the regular diesel diagram on Saturday June 14th.

Drive KOYLI at Swanage & RHF at the SVR

Our friends at the Swanage Railway are, in conjunction with the KOYLI Group, offering a rare chance to drive the NRM’s Deltic 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ on Wednesday May 7th, prior to the line’s diesel gala. For more details, please visit the link at http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/class-55-driving-experience

In addition, please remember that Driver Experience courses on 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ are taking plac during the loco’s summer visit to the Severn Valley Railway. Courses will take place on Mondays June 16th, July 14th, August 4th and August 11th. More information, and details of how to book, can be obtained by clicking the link here.

Volunteer’s View: April 12th 2014

This week sees the return of our occasional “Volunteer’s View” detailing goings-on at the DPS depot. While many Deltic followers were enjoying the highly successful trip behind the NRM’s 55002 to Aberdeen, work continued at Barrow Hill, as detailed in Graham Clarke’s report below:

It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill yesterday . Good progress was made on 55019′s exam in preparation for the summer at the Severn Valley Railway. Steve cleaned no.2 main generator, Mike checked various fluid levels and with Geoff’s help the fuel and oil debris traps. Geoff also finished some paintwork repairs on one of the noses and around a cab door. Tom greased the hand brake mechanisms and helped me with checking all of the electrical switch and control equipment. I also explained to him what I was doing. It’s important to try to pass on the knowledge to a younger generation. Thanks for all the help.

DPS Committee Changes

As those of you who attended the AGM earlier this month will be aware, there have been some changes to the DPS committee. Samantha Hickson and Peter Kennan have both stepped down, and we would like to thank them both, and Peter’s wife Gillian, who has looked after Membership for the past few years, for all the work they have put in on behalf of the society.

We are pleased to advise that Rosemary Brain has offered to take over the Membership function, and can be contacted by e-mailing membershipATthedps.co.uk. The new address for membership matters is 2 Galway Road, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 7AY, and a membership form can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

In addition, Mike Birkinshaw, a well known name to many members, is taking up the position of Secretary, and can be contacted via secretaryATthedps.co.uk. We are still looking for somebody to look after the society’s books – if any member would be interested in taking this on, please contact Vice Chairman Jim Dedicoat on vicechairmanATthedps.co.uk or by phone as per the number in Deltic Deadline.

(Please change AT to @ in all the above e-mail addresses – it has been necessary to do this to reduce the amount of spam being generated by web crawlers.)

New D9009 gallery

D9009 had a successful weekend at the ELR on March 8th & 9th, undertaking all its booked workings at the diesel gala alongside the ELR’s home fleet. A gallery has been created to cover the loco’s workings on the line and and be found by clicking here.

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D9009 at Castlecroft on March 9th. (Stuart Page)

Forthcoming working parties at Barrow Hill

There will be midweek working parties at Barrow Hill from 10.30 to 17.00(ish) on the next three Wednesdays this month (12th, 19th and 26th). In addition there will be working parties every Saturday until the end of April, as well as the Easter Working Week which takes place the week after Easter (April 21st-25th). During that week, subject to numbers and RO availability, there will be working parties every day. Any members who are not regular volunteers at Barrow Hill, but would like to attend should contact DPS Volunteer Liaison Officer Mike Hallam-Rudd by e-mailing vlo@thedps.co.uk or by phone using the contact details in Deltic Deadline.

D9009 works ELR Driver Experience

Having run light engine from Barrow Hill to Bury yesterday, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ undertook its first duty of 2014 at the ELR today, when it was employed on a Driver Experience course. The pictures below were taken by Stuart Page:

 

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Some of the team who enjoyed the Driver Experience take their pictures as D9009 runs round at Heywood.

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D9009 stands at Ramsbottom, ready for the final run of the day back to Bury.

For more information regarding the East Lancashire Railway’s Diesel Driver Experience courses, please visit http://www.elrdiesel.info/driver-experience

 

Timings for D9009 on Thursday 27th February

Timings have now been received for D9009′s light engine movement from Barrow Hill to the East Lancashire Railway on Thursday. Outline details are as follows:

Barrow Hill dep 10.20, Chesterfield arr 10.45/10.50 then via Edale, Romiley, Reddish North, Ashburys (12.07) and Brewery Curve  to Castleton (arr 12.49/dep 12.53) and then on to the ELR.

As is always the case with light engine movements, please remember that the train could run early or late.

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