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Volunteer’s View – April 14th 2018

A major event at the DPS depot last weekend, as reported by Graham Clarke:

The refitting of 55019’s repaired and modified silencers concluded successfully on Saturday evening. Stuart, Adrian and Chris finished off connecting up to the silencers, fuel systems were primed, oil and coolant topped up. At around 17:00 the loco was filled with air to operate the brakes, started and driven outside. Once outside, the first engine was checked over, then the second was started for the first time in 18 months. All went well, with a few fuel leaks to attend to, some exhaust system lagging still to fit and an under performing compressor to look at over the next couple of weeks. If time allows, 19 will also get brand new auxiliary voltage regulators. Than you all very much, including the midweek team, as reported earlier this week.

Elsewhere at the depot, Nat and Neil continued work on restoring the interior of D9008. Thank you.

Pete continued rewiring 15’s no.2 end cab lights. This job is now nearing completion. Thanks Pete.

I stripped out the terminal board from 15’s no.1 traction motor terminal box. It failed high voltage testing last week. I’ve cleaned it and varnished it on one side. I’ll do the side next time.

Volunteer’s View – April 7th & 12th 2018

Two reports from Graham Clarke this time, covering the Saturday plus events from a few days later:

April 7th at Barrow Hill was a long one. Darrell, Beth, Mike, Stuart and Adrian worked hard on lagging silencers and fitting them to no.19’s centre roof section. The final bolting up of the new joint between the silencers and roof eventually finished at 20:30. Thanks to you all. The roof is going back on on Thursday and the roof and flexible bellows pipes from the power unit will be bolted up on Saturday. Hopefully, that will all culminate in a run up of both units in the afternoon. Thanks to you all for a job well done.

Thanks also to Sheaf Engineering for welding shortening bars to the exhaust bellows. You can’t get them in without it. They stretch out and won’t fit in the gap.

Pete carried on finishing off the cab lighting rewiring on 15. Thanks.

Nat+1 and Beth worked on bits for the cab of D9008 and the new display area. Thank you.

I continuity tested the new traction motor cables and identified them. I then insulation tested them at a 1000V. It looks like no.1 motor terminal box is in need of some insulation attention, it isn’t up to the standard I want.

And this from April 12th:

I’m pleased to report that 55019’s boiler compartment roof and the silencers were successful lifted back into place today and the was roof bolted down.

Thanks very much to Harry Needle Railroad Company and their staff for doing the lifting safely. Thanks also to Geoff, Darrell, Bob, Martin and Mark for their help today.

Further cleaning and painting was also done on the wheelsets.

55019 to visit West Somerset Railway

Another gala appearance for 55019′ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’! Following the successful visit of another East Cast Main Line stalwart, 60103 ‘FLYING SCOTSMAN’ in 2017, it is the turn of an ECML diesel to appear at the West Somerset Railway. 55019 will be taking part in the line’s diesel gala, which has a theme ‘Vintage Diesels to the Seaside’ on June 8th-10th. Deltics could, of course, be seen powering along the coastal sections between Newcastle and Edinburgh, and also ventured to Scarborough and Cleethorpes.

55019 to star in KWVR 50th Anniversary Gala

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’.

Severn Valley update

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!

 

55019 to visit the Spa Valley Railway in 2018

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.

55019 to visit Severn Valley in 2018

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.

55019 update

Stuart Page writes:
Work on 55019 came to a triumph conclusion today with the completion of the 2016/17 maintenance plan and C exam. The examination of the locomotive for the transit move to the Bluebell was also undertaken ready for the move this week on Wednesday 4th October and returning on Monday 9th October. I wish to thank all our volunteers and board members who have been involved with me leading this project since returning from the Epping and Ongar railway last year. It has at times being a very gruelling intense work schedule but without you we wouldn’t have been able to celebrate our 40th year. A big thankyou to you all.
The photograph was taken Saturday evening after the final running checks in the main yard at Barrow Hill.
55019 30-9-17 BH REV

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.

Meanwhile,

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.

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