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55019 West Somerset Railway – Thank you

Stuart Page writes:

The three day gala disappeared as quickly as it appeared and with 55019 off on her travels the very next day to yet another railway (the loco is now at Haworth ready for the KWVR gala). The event was a great success with 55019 performing to the crowds and, at any stopping point along the WSR, pulling in people wanting a closer look. The cabs were full of Deltic fans and general public alike wanting a chance to ‘cab’  nineteen.
The support crew for the event were Samantha, Natalie, Darrell and Neil manning the sales stand at Minehead and those being on the loco, fitters Graham and Ray with drivers John, Mike and Stuart who had travelled down from the Midlands, Yorkshire and South coast.

We wish to thank everyone at the West Somerset Railway including the Diesel and Electric Preservation Society for inviting us to such a wonderful part of Somerset with their hospitality in looking after ourselves and our star attraction, 55019.

 Crowcombe

RHF is admired by many at Crowcombe. (Stuart Page)

Timings for 55019 moves this week [updated]

Following this weekend’s gala at the West Somerset Railway, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is due to begin its journey north to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway tomorrow. Planned timings for the first two movements are:

Monday June 11th: West Somerset Railway-Severn Valley Railway - CLICK HERE. (Overnight stop) Tuesday June 12th: Severn Valley Railway-Derby Etches Park – CLICK HERE.

ADDITIONAL TIMES ADDED 12/06/18:

Tuesday June 12th: Derby Etches Park-Butterley – CLICK HERE. Butterley-Doncaster – CLICK HERE. (Overnight stop) Wednesday June 13th: Doncaster-Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – CLICK HERE.

Report on 55019 from SVR & movement details

Stuart Page provides a report from the Severn Valley Railway’s Kidderminster TMD:

Apologies for the late report from the SVR due to living on site most of the last three weeks.

The loco ran well over the above period on service trains, experiences and Gala days other than those of Friday and Saturday of the Gala. A fault from a number of years ago, thinking the loco was running on two engines but with the first engine not running. In other words no power until reaching notch seven and not resetting after an overload. Both faults easily to reset and continue. The relays involved will need either need replacing or servicing with this having occurred a second time. The driver experiences were spread over the three weeks and were enjoyed by all 48 participants, including two pairs of husband and wives too who thoroughly enjoyed the experience as much as their men.

On Saturday 55019 had its FTR exam and was reblocked ready for the visit to the West Somerset Railway which is scheduled for this coming Wednesday (June 6th) departing the SVR around 10.55 – times can be found HERE. Return from the WSR to the SVR will be on Monday June 11th  arriving around 17.50 where the consist will remain overnight before then heading north to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for our third visit of the year.

A big thankyou to all at the SVR for making our stay an enjoyable one.

West Somerset Railway – roster for 55019

The West Somerset Railway has announced the rostered workings for locos at it’s diesel gala on June 8th-10th. Planned workings for 55019 during the event are as follows:

Friday June 8th: 10.59 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard, 13.57 Bishops Lydeard-Minehead, 16.41 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard, 20.35 Bishops Lydeard-Minehead.

Saturday June 9th: 09.05 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard, 12.03 Bishops Lydeard-Minehead, 15.44 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard, 19.00 Bishops Lydeard-Minehead.

Sunday June 10th: 09.05 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard, 12.03 Bishops Lydeard-Minehead, 15.44 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard.

The full timetables for the event can be found on the WSR website here: FRIDAY ; SATURDAY ; SUNDAY

55019 – Severn Valley Workings

With 55019 now in place at the Severn Valley Railway, the beginning of its round Britain tour for this season, a full list below details all workings during the period at the SVR. Please note the service trains before and after the Gala dates:

Monday 14th May: Driver experience
Tuesday 15th May: Driver experience
Wednesday 16th May (service train): 11:35 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 15:35 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 17:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster
Thursday 17th May (Diesel Gala): 11:23 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:42 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 15:49 Kidderminster to Bewdley and 16:51 Bewdley to Kidderminster
Friday 18th May (Diesel Gala): 11:23 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:42 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 16:11 Kiddderminster to Bridgnorth, 18:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster
Saturday 19th May (Diesel Gala): 11:23 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:42 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 15:23 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth and 17:42 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.
Monday 21st May (service train): 11:35 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 13:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, 15:35 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, 17:25 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster
Tuesday 22nd May: Driver experience
Wednesday 23rd May: Driver experience
Tuesday 29th May: Driver experience
Wednesday 30th May: Driver experience

The full timetable/loco roster for the SVR Gala can be downloaded HERE.

55019 moving to Severn Valley today

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is booked to leave Barrow Hill for its holidays later today, when the loco is due to be collected by 50049 ‘DEFIANCE’ and hauled to the Severn Valley Railway. Departure is booked at 13.40, arriving at Kidderminster SVR at 17.37. Full booked timings can be found HERE.

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’.

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