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.
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).
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.
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.
The Spa Valley Railway’s General Manager, Jonnie Wesson, advises that as of yesterday there were just THREE places remaining on the Driver Experience courses with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on August 12th/13th. Please CLICK HERE for more details and to book.