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Volunteer’s View – 1st & 8th November

Two more reports from Barrow Hill, courtesy of Graham Clarke:

Saturday 1st November
I’ve been at Barrow Hill with Melvyn and Tom. Cleaning the second voltage regulator has started thanks to Tom. Melvyn painted some air pipes and the box that is under the battery isolating switch (BIS). This will allow me to fit the BIS and the main lighting switch for good and connect them up. I’ve finally found a solvent that will clean off all the old carbonated varnish and crap from the electrical panels and cabling. It’s intended for UPVC windows, but it does the job. You have to use it sparingly though. I’ve also tried out our new calibrated insulation tester, which is great. It’s a proper Fluke one.

Saturday 8th November
Yesterday at Barrow Hill with Steve Smedley, Steve McRae, and Ray; a lot of tidying up was done, we worked out a way to lift complete power units on and off the floor without spending a fortune, most of the remaining crud from under no.2 nose end was cleaned off and I did some more very successful cleaning of the switchgear panels at no.2 end. Under the loco is now almost ready for steam cleaning and painting. All the tidying up is ready for re-arranging our various engines and power units. After trying all manner of cleaning agents, I’m delighted to have found something that removes all the dirty old varnish. It now looks properly clean.

ELR – 8th & 9th November

This weekend saw D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ undertake their last passenger workings at the East Lancashire Railway before they return to the DPS depot at Barrow Hill for the winter. Saturday saw both locos in use as part of an ‘East Coast Theme Day’, with Sunday being billed as the ’2014 ELR Deltic Finale’, featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILER’, the use of a ‘regiment’ being particularly appropriate on Remembrance Sunday.

Following a Driver Experience course on Monday 17th November, D9009 and 55019 are expected to depart from the ELR on Tuesday 25th November.

The photo below shows 55019 at Bury on the Sunday, carrying a wreath and shortly before the loco’s power units were shut down for 2 minute’s silence at 11.00.


D9009 and 55019 running at ELR this weekend

A reminder to everyone that the East Lancashire Railway’s ‘East Coast Theme Day’ takes place on Saturday 8th November, featuring six locos including D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’. The full timetable and loco roster can be found at . Standard ELR fares apply (£14.00 for a day rover).

Sunday 9th November is the ’2014 ELR Deltic Finale’, with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on the railway’s diesel diagram, starting at 09.30 from Bury.

Volunteer’s view – 25th October

Another report courtesy of Graham Clarke:

We got a fair bit done today at Barrow Hill. Steve carried on removing crud from under no.2 nose (and a dead bird!), Geoff worked on engine room door frames, Darrell prepared some pipes from the spare power units for painting, Tom carried on deep cleaning voltage regulator terminal bars (and the cover off the ex Crepello one) and I spent the day changing old cables at no.2 end.

I need to get a calibrated insulation tester that I know is accurate, because it’s proving difficult to get insulation readings up to a good standard. Even deep cleaning does not appear to make much difference. EE just did not do enough to keep the oil and carbon from the engines out of the electrics and it’s taken its toll on the equipment. The situation is reasonable at best. My intention remains to achieve the standard set in the ex works specification that BR worked to. It remains to be seen how much more wiring a equipment will need replacing. Fingers crossed!

Volunteer’s View – 11th & 18th October

The following reports are provided courtesy of Graham Clarke:

Saturday 11th October

We’ve been back at Barrow Hill today after last week’s SVR Gala.  So it’s been muck shifting under 15′s no.2 end for Geoff and Steve (thanks very much).  Tom’s been helping me with the electrics by cleaning the filthy no.1 auxiliary power automatic voltage regulator.  I’ve been chasing poor insulation readings in the battery system wiring.  All of the wire B1 wiring at no.2 end is being replaced as result.  Plain wiring on insulated terminal boards should not show poor insula…tion readings, but it is, so it’s got to go, although it looks OK.  It’s old age I’m afraid.  I suspect Wires B+, B2 and B3 may go the same way. B2 goes from end to end.  Thanks Tom and Mike for hoovering the engine room floor.

Saturday 18th October

It  was the Board Meeting today.  We mostly talked about exciting plans for next year!  You’ll have to wait to find out what they are.

In the Depot, Tom Payne‘s been cleaning voltage regulators.  Beth and Melvyn have been working on our spare power units.

Later in the day, I made up a new cable and fitted it to the panel that has most of the switchgear for the auxiliary machinery at that end.  When I tested it, I’ve found more odd insulation readings.  I think I may end up rewiring most of it, because it’s not going to last.  If I do, then I’ll also do the other end.  A sparky’s work is never done!  I apply the if it ain’t broke don’t fixit principal to the others for now.

ELR Deltic Diner – Friday 7th November

We are pleased to announce that, as a token of appreciation for the use of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ throughout the year and also for allowing the use of 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, the ELR is offering a £10 discount to all new bookings by DPS members on its ‘Diesel Diner’ hauled by D9009 on the evening of Friday 7th November, bringing the fare down to £29.50.

The menu for the evening is:

  • Cream of Vegatable Soup 
  • Supreme of Country Chicken with a white wine sauce 
  • Homemade Jam Roll with Custard

Any members wishing to book on this, please contact Laura on 0161 764 7790 quoting DPS diner offer – please have your DPS membership number to hand.



Deltics operating at the ELR: October 11-12

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ returned to the East Lancashire Railway earlier today, hauling 37109, 50015 ‘VALIANT’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ from the Severn Valley Railway. 55019 has had a successful season at the SVR and we hope to repeat the visit in 2015.

*UPDATE* In a change of plan to what was originally proposed, both D9009 and 55019 should be in action at the ELR this coming weekend, one loco on each day, and are booked to work as follows:

SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER (Diesel Diagram – 55019):

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.

SUNDAY 12TH OCTOBER (East Coast Theme day – D9009):

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. Also in action will be 60009 ‘UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA’ and 61994 ‘THE GREAT MARQUESS’.

SVR to ELR move – Wednesday 8th October

Timings for tomorrow’s move featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ hauling 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ as well as 50015 ‘VALIANT’ have now been released. The train should leave the Severn Valley Railway just before 12.00, travelling via Worcester (rev), Kings Norton, Saltley, the Sutton Park line, Walsall, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington BQ and Manchester Victoria to arrive at Castleton onto the ELR connection at 18.39. Full timings can be found at - as always, please remember that the train could run early or late.

The DPS would be delighted to receive any photos from the SVR gala, or of the convoy move, for use on this website, please send any contributions to the webmaster by e-mailing (please replace AT with @ ).


Severn Valley Railway gala

A reminder that tomorrow (Saturday 4th October) is the third and final day of the Severn Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala, which brings with it the chance to ride behind 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on its last booked working at the SVR following its 2014 visit, and also the opportunity to ride behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ as well. The two locos are expected to depart for the ELR on Wednesday 8th October (confirmation and timings to follow).

The booked workings at the SVR tomorrow are:

D9009: 09.10 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 12.06 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 16.11 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 18.25 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.
55019: 11.05 Kidderminster-Bewdley, 11.56 Bewdley-Kidderminster, 12.59 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 16.06 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 18.25 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 20.20 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

The DPS Sales Stand is located on the concourse at Kidderminster, Darrell and the team will be delighted to see you.IMG_0053

The picture above shows 55019 at the gala earlier today, waiting to depart Kidderminster with the 09.55 for Bridgnorth.

ELR to SVR move – Tuesday 30th September

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ should leave the East Lancashire Railway tomorrow, heading for the Severn Valley Railway with 37109 and 50015, all of which will be special guests at the SVR gala later this week. The convoy should leave the ELR just after 10.00 arriving at the SVR between 17.00 and 17.30. The full route and timings can be found HERE. As always, please remember that moves such as this can run early, late or be re-routed!

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