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Volunteer’s View – August 19th 2017

Stuart Page writes:

With Graham on holiday – yes we do have them but very rarely – I’m reporting on the work over the last weekends at our depot. This last Saturday we held a small meeting regarding volunteers with Hutch, Ray, Beth, Mike and Howard on an interesting subject that will be announced here in time. Beth, Geoff and Natalie were de-rusting, cleaning and painting bolt-on items for 55008 – buffer shrouds, seat frames etc. Nigel worked on p/u 430 with the next part of the project, the removal of the phasing case. I was prepping 55019′s No 2 power unit ready for start up with the help of Natalie. It’s the first time the loco has been ran up since last year when I shut her down after the night photo charter at the Epping and Ongar on October 9th. Nice to hear again and after some checks to the unit that will need rectifying next week, it was shut down. With a board meeting the following day an early close of the depot after a successful day.
Last weeks mid-week team of volunteers, led by Darrell, were doing various tacks including painting around the battery boxes inside the boiler area of 55019 and working on the body shell of 55008. While the previous Saturday Graham, with his now working custom built calibrated temperature test equipment, started on testing the coolant probes on 55019. These give a temperature warning to the driver followed by an engine shut down. The generator from power unit 430 was separated from the engine. All the internals covered in an oily mess. 55008 was being worked on again by Natalie and Darrell who removed the driver’s side window which will have a new Lexan windows as the others have become cloudy over the decades

Volunteer’s View – 5th August 2017

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.

Bluebell ‘DPS 40′ event – tickets now on sale

The Bluebell Railway has advised that pre-booked tickets for the DPS 40 event to be held on Friday-Sunday October 6-8 are now on sale. Please see URL:
There are also discounted tickets for visitors staying more than one day.

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.

At this stage, Martin has no way of knowing if his Deltic will be returned to good health in time for the DPS 40 event. All of us at the DPS wish him the best in mending this popular Deltic.
In the event of it being unable to attend, the Bluebell Railway still intends to run a three-train service, the only alteration being that there will no longer be a lay-over of a loco, each Deltic staying with its own set of carriages throughout the day. The Bluebell Railway’s Class 09 will be giving brakevan trips in similar fashion to when we last visited. This 09 has recently been repainted into BR green and now carries its original number of D4106.

Volunteer’s View – July 29th 2017

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.

Volunteer’s View – July 15th & 22nd 2017

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.

New tour featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’

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.

Spa Valley visit

The DPS regrets to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will not be able to visit the Spa Valley Railway this Summer as previously planned. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the DPS volunteers, we have had to concede that work on the loco at Barrow Hill will not be completed in time for the loco to attend the gala at the beginning of August and subsequent events. We share the disappointment this will obviously cause to our friends at the Spa Valley Railway, and apologise to those of you who were looking forward to riding behind or driving 55019 on the line.

Volunteer’s View – July 1st 2017

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.



Spa Valley Railway gala timetable

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.

Volunteer’s View – June 24th/25th 2017

For a change, the report this week comes from Stuart Page:
Saturday was the DPS Board meeting which I’ve missed to continue with the work needed on 55019. The work on the boiler roof is nearing completion with the roof refurbished and the modifications to the exhaust outlets to the roof opening. The same mods were carried out on Alycidon a few years ago. The outlet ends from the silencers being bolted to the roof. Most of Saturday was spent in prepping the outer roof skin with rubbing down, primer and undercoat by Howard. The locomotive itself needing attention where the boiler was located with painting from head height and above to the opening where the boiler roof sits. Again cleaning, rubbing down, primer and undercoating, while other areas needing just top coat. This work needs completing before the boiler roof section is fitted to the locomotive as becomes inaccessible with the silencers bolted to the boiler roof section. Nigel was changing the injectors on No 1 P/U. Geoff was painting again, air intake grills for the nose traction motors and cleaning part of the loco while I was sanding down No 1 end nose.
Sunday again was with myself sanding the cab areas and moving down to No 2 end nose and cab, gradually during the day I was turning into a shade of blue. Adrian painted the top coat to the boiler roof and continued the day helping me prep the loco ready for painting.
Boiler roof

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