Stuart Page writes:
Graham Clarke was at Barrow Hill again…
Last Saturday at Barrow Hill Stuart and Geoff fitted the no.1 end nose air intake grills. Thanks both. This is a difficult job.
Beth, Tom and Nigel worked on moving the disconnected (nearly as it turned out) main generator away from PU430′s engine. Unfortunately, there’s still a bolt stuck between the two. This will have to be sorted out next weekend. Thanks to all three of you.
Thanks to Bob and Steve for their sterling efforts with the cleaning and painting of 19′s boiler compartment.
Ray started making space to unload and erecting another A-frame crane. This will help me use our rail trailer to get a repaired main generator back into the depot and a spare traction motor and an auxiliary generator away for overhaul. Cheers Ray.
I completed adding an air cooling coil to my coolant probe test set. It works well by blowing compressed through it and is much better than waiting for the coolant in the test pot to cool naturally, which takes ages. I used the kit to test one probe repeatedly and it needs the trip temperature lowering by 1c.
There will be an intensive timetable throughout the weekend with a 12-carriage set due to run on the last train of the day on both Friday and Saturday evenings at 17.30 from Sheffield Park.
Members may well have heard that Martin Walker’s No. 55022 (currently disguised as No. 55018) suffered a quillshaft failure on July 12 whilst en route to Whitby with a NYMR service. The DPS is in touch with Martin offering any help or advice it can. Martin intends to lift out the power unit using the NYMR’s steam crane and place the unit on a wagon. The generator will then be separated. After that, the phasing case will be taken off in order to get at the failed component. Martin does have a spare quillshaft in stock.
Another report from Graham Clarke:
The battle continued on Saturday at Barrow Hill. Some good progress was made coupling up 55019′s exhaust silencers. One is still poorly aligned to the interconnecting bellows that goes between the power unit and the silencer. We are investigating why and hoping it can be done without taking the roof off again. The fuel system was also pressurised and showed no leaks. Thanks Stuart, Pete, Dave and Nigel.
Geoff worked on painting more parts for power units. Thanks Geoff.
Beth… worked on power units and Nat 8′s cab. Thank you both.
Ray also brought along a new industrial vacuum that does a great Thanks Ray.
A report from Graham Clarke covering the last couple of weekends at Barrow Hill:
It’s been a couple of very hectic weeks and I’ve not had chance to provide an update on progress at Barrow Hill. It’s been all the hands we have on 55019. Unfortunately, there just ended up being too much to do and we ran out of time, so we had to cancel the Spa Valley Visit. I’m sorry we had to let them down.
The loco now has the roof back on with the sealed exhaust outlet modification. It’s a collar welded to the outlet under the roof and bolted to the roof. The original design is terrible and never seals letting oil into the engine room; yuk.
The exhaust system now needs connecting up, which is going to take some shuffling of the silencers and taking the connecting bellows off to compress them so they will go between the collector drum outlet and the silencer.
Both engines have had serviced fuel injectors fitted and the air filters changed.
Stuart, Adrian, Beth, Nigel, Geoff, Steve, Bob and Mike have worked really hard on this. Thanks very much.
The axles have been crack tested and passed again. A huge thanks to Mike and Nat for this.
Pete (thanks) and I have completed the servicing and checking of all the electrical machinery and switchgear on 55019. I’ve also redone the temporary repair I did on the no.2 traction motor blower. The terminal board has some burn damage, the cable terminals were in a poor state and I was unhappy with the soldering of the feed to the field coils. All these have been attended to with a repaired terminal board and crimp connections apart from the field connection itself, which is a tapered bush bolted in place and a specially made piece.
Ray and Steve had another major tidy up last Saturday as well. Thank you.
Thanks to all of you once again.
Pathfinder Tours have today announced details of a new railtour which is expected to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ throughout. The train runs from Burton and stations in the Midlands/Severnside to then via the Reading avoider/Basingstoke to Bournemouth and on to the Isle of Purbeck/Swanage Railway.
For full details concerning ‘The Swanage Belle’, and to make a booking, please CLICK HERE.
Two reports from last weekend, firstly Graham Clarke:
Last weekend at Barrow Hill it was mostly all hands to 55019. Ray did some work on the depot as a follow up to a recent fire inspection. The fire doors need the floor marking keep clear.
Mike and Nat stripped off the axle box covers, axle end plates and purged out all the old grease. The axle end plates were then put back on to keep out debris. Thanks both. The axles are being crack tested next Friday, as they are every 3 years.
Nigel and Beth carried on changing fuel injectors. The boots out the engine room window while your working on top of the engine was funny. Thanks to you both.
Stuart carried on preparing the cab and nose sides for painting.
Darrell worked on fitting new silencer lagging. Some’s got to go back for alterations, which is a real pain time wise. Thanks Darrell.
Tom carried on with various jobs from the annual exam job sheet. Thanks Tom.
Pete and I checked over and cleaned the electrical machines and switchgear. No.1 main generator was rather oily for some reason, so it took a fair bit of cleaning to get it to an acceptable state. Thanks Pete for for your help.
And from Bethany Marsh:
Down at Barrow Hill last weekend and all attention on 55019 in preparation for the running season. After leaving Nigel to sort the injectors out on his own last week while I went to a productive board meeting I went to keep an eye on him today. Nigel focused his attention on connecting up number one engine of the injectors that he’d changed the week before.
As normal I was running round after him for parts which later in the day he already had but didn’t see, well didn’t even look for after me telling him where they are. I managed to start disconnecting the injectors on number two engine. By the end of the day number to engine has one set changed and connected back up with the other two to do next week.
The Spa Valley Railway has announced the full timetable and roster for its Diesel Gala on August 3-6, which features 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on all four days. A copy can be downloaded from the Spa Valley Railway’s website by CLICKING HERE.
A summary of services which will be hauled by 55019 can be found below:
THURSDAY AUGUST 3RD: 09.00 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 10.45 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 12.05 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 13.25 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 15.25 Tunburgde Wells West-Eridge, 16.45 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 18.45 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West. FRIDAY AUGUST 4TH: 09.15 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 11.47 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 13.06 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 15.41 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 17.00 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 18.40 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West. SATURDAY AUGUST 5TH: 10.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 12.12 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 14.08 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 16.06 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 18.12 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 19.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 20.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 21.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 22.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West. SUNDAY AUGUST 6TH: 10.10 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 12.05 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 13.20 Eridge-Groombridge, 13.45 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 16.30 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 18.55 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West.
UPDATE 11/07: Regrettably 55019 is now unable to attend this event.