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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.

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.

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

Spa Valley driver experience – sold out

Please note that all five Deltic Driver Experience dates (August 11th/12th/13th and September 2nd/3rd) on the Spa Valley Railway are now sold out. If you’ve missed out, then you can still see the loco in action on the line on the following dates:

Thursday August 3rd-Sunday August 6th (Diesel Gala) ; Saturday August 19th-Sunday August 20th (Deltic running day) ; Saturday August 26th-Monday August 28th (Spa Valley 20th Anniversary).

 

More Spa Valley Driver Experiences

Heavy demand for the Deltic Driver Experience courses has resulted in the use of 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Spa Valley Railway being extended by a week. The loco will be used on additional Driver Experience courses on September 2nd/3rd – for more details or to book, please visit the Spa Valley Railway website by CLICKING HERE. Currently, there are also two places remaining on August 11th, and one on August 13th.

Extra date for Spa Valley Driver Experience

Further to the message earlier this week, owing to the popularity of the Deltic Driver Experience course at the Spa Valley Railway, an extra date has been added on Friday August 11th. Currently, five places remain on this day, and one place on the Sunday – please visit the Spa Valley’s web page by CLICKING HERE for more details and to book online.

Spa Valley Driver Experience

Further to the recent announcement regarding 55019′s visit to the Spa Valley Railway in August, details of the line’s Deltic Driver Experience, which takes place on August 12th/13th, have now been released. Full details can be obtained by CLICKING HERE. Please note that spaces are limited, and some slots are already sold – so please book quickly!

55019 to visit Spa Valley Railway

The DPS and Spa Valley Railway are delighted to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the line for its Diesel Gala on August 3rd-6th. It will be the first appearance of a Deltic on the railway and we expect it to be a very popular guest. In addition to the Diesel Gala, the loco will remain at the Spa Valley throughout August and will be used as follows:
August 12th/13th – Deltic Driver Experience
August 19th/20th – Diesel Diagram (Green Timetable)
August 26th-28th – Spa Valley 20th Anniversary Gala
More details regarding all these events will appear in due course.

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