The Deltic Preservation Society and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway are delighted to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the line for its 50th Anniversary Gala and will be in action on the railway on June 30th and July 1st. As well as being the line’s 50th Anniversary, 2018 marks 30 years since the KWVR held its first diesel gala, which had a ‘Deltic presence in the form of 55015 ‘TULYAR’ and 55016 ‘GORDON HIGHLANDER’.
All three of the three ‘Footplate Experience’ days featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ are now fully booked, so the SVR is looking at adding an extra date on Wednesday 23rd May. Please CLICK HERE for more details.
The SVR has just released its diesel roster for the first half of the year, and, in addition to its appearance at the Diesel Gala, 55019 is booked to work the line’s diesel turn on Wednesday 16th May. This provides two round trips of Deltic haulage (11.35 and 15.35 ex Kidderminster, 13.25 and 17.25 ex Bridgnorth) ideal for those of you who want maximum Deltic mileage without having to juggle your moves around other locos!
The Deltic Preservation Society and The Spa Valley Railway are pleased to announce that following the ill-fated attempt last Summer plans are now in place and contracts exchanged for The Deltic Preservation Society’s locomotive 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ to visit the Spa Valley Railway for August 2018 and will operate on the dates shown below.
55019 stars in Summer Diesel Gala on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August, operating from 09.00 to 19.00 Friday & Sunday and 09.00 to 23.00 Saturday. The well stocked DPS Sales Stand will be in full swing at this event and hopefully some of the other dates below.
55019 operates a Deltic Running Weekend on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August, with discounted travel for all DPS members. 55019 operates that Saturday 11th evening dining train (again discount available for DPS members). All enquiries to the Spa Valley.
55019 operates Deltic Driver Experience on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th August (6 participants per day). Please book early as this was over subscribed last year and there will be no opportunity to add further dates. For bookings, please CLICK HERE.
55019 operates standard Spa Valley services on August Bank Holiday 25th, 26th & 27th as a Deltic Farewell weekend.
Following on from its popular visits in previous years, we are pleased to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway again in May 2018. As well as appearing at the Diesel Gala (on May 17-19), it will also be used on Footplate Experiences on May 14/15/22, more details of which can be found on the SVR’s website by CLICKING HERE.
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.
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.