Further to yesterday’s message, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is now back at Barrow Hill following its visit to the Spa Valley and Great Central Railways. The picture below, kindly supplied by Steve Rimell, shows the loco at the Abnormal Load Holding Point by Junction 28 on the M1 last night.
Following its successful visit to the Great Central Railway, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is due to arrive back at the DPS depot at Barrow Hill tomorrow (November 7th). Its return concludes a highly successful 2018 season, which has seen ’19 visit the Severn Valley, West Somerset, Keighley & Worth Valley, Spa Valley and Great Central Railways. Watch this space for news on 2019 in the coming months.
The DPS Members Day with 55019 at the Great Central Railway on Saturday was extremely well attended, with many people enjoying trips behind ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ which has had a busy 2018 season. It was a particularly notable day for one member, Jonathan Wilcox, who achieved his ambition of travelling 10,000 miles behind 55019 before his 30th birthday (which is in December). Jonathan first rode behind ‘RHF’ at the GCR when he was just four months old on April 30th 1989, and when the loco was based at the Great Central Railway and East Lancaster Railway, missed very few running days (thanks largely due to his father Pete being part of the loco support crew). The pictures below show him with 55019 at the GCR in 1991 and again at the DPS members day last Saturday.
Next Saturday (October 20th) see the DPS Members Day take place at the Great Central Railway. Further to the previous notification regarding free travel on the Deltic hauled daytime services with wristbands, the GCR has asked that, where possible, DPS members should join the train at Loughborough where these will be available. The TTIs on board the train will also have a few wristbands available – please do not attempt to obtain at Quorn, Rothley and Leicester booking offices.
As a reminder, the trains hauled by 55019 will be 10.20/12.00/14.00 ex Loughborough and 11.05/12.45/14.45 ex Leicester North. In addition, ‘RHF’ will also work the evening Fish & Chip special for those who have pre-booked on this.
55019 will also be in action at the GCR on Sunday 21st October working the same daytime services as above. Standard fares apply on this day.
The next event featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Great Central Railway will take place on October 20th/21st, when the Deltic is rostered to work three round daytime trips on both days (10.20/12.00/14.00 ex Loughborough and 11.05/12.45/14.45 ex Leicester North).
The Saturday also doubles up as DPS Members Day and on this day, DPS members can travel for free on these Deltic hauled services on production of a valid DPS membership card (one ticket per member), and you will be given a wristband, which will also entitle you to a free pint on the evening Fish & Chip special if you have booked on that (please note that this is currently fully booked). During the day, there will be the chance to meet and chat with several DPS board members, and there will also be a raffle with the chance to win a cab ride on 55019. Darrell will also have a number of Sales items for sale. We look forward to seeing many members at this event.
55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be operating for three days (Friday September 21st to Sunday September 23rd) as part of the Great Central Railway’s beer festival which features bars at Loughborough Central, Quorn & Woodhouse and Rothley. Booked workings for 55019 are:
Friday September 21st: 12.30/14.00/15.45/17.30/19.10 ex Loughborough, 13.15/14.45/16.30/18.15/20.00 ex Leicester North.
Saturday September 22nd: 12.00/14.00/16.15/18.00/20.00 ex Loughborough, 12.45/14.45/17.00/18.45/20.45 ex Leicester North.
Sunday September 23rd: 10.20/12.00/14.00/16.15 ex Loughborough, 11.05/12.45/14.45/17.00 ex Leicester North.
Further details concerning the event and links to full timetables for each day can be found on the Great Central Railway’s website by clicking HERE.
The Great Central Railway’s diesel gala is now just a few days away, and features 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in acton on all three days. See the posting HERE for the full diagrams.
The rest of the GCR running days featuring 55019 during its visit are as follows:
Friday 21st-Sunday 23rd September – Beer Festival
Monday 15th/Tuesday 16th October – Driver Experience
Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st October – Diesel diagram/DPS members day on Saturday
Thursday 25th/Friday 26th October – Driver Experience
Please note that all the Driver Experience days are now fully booked
55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ should arrive at the Great Central Railway later today, in readiness for its appearance at the line’s gala on September 7th-9th. Timetables and loco rosters for this event have now been released and 55019 is booked to work as follows:
Friday September 7th: 12.15 Loughborough-Leicester North, 13.00 Leicester North-Loughborough, 13.45 Loughborough-Leicester North, 14.30 Leicester North-Loughborough, 15.25 Loughborough-Qourn & Woodhouse (vans), 15.55 Quorn & Woodhouse-Rothley Brook (L/E), 16.40 Rothley Brook-Loughborough, 17.30 Loughborough-Leicester North, 18.15 Leicester North-Loughborough.
Saturday September 8th: 12.00 Loughborough-Leicester North, 12.45 Leicester North-Loughborough, 14.20 Loughborough-Rothley Brook (TPO), 15.13 Rothley Brook-Loughborough, 17.15 Loughborough-Leicester North, 18.00 Leicester North-Loughborough, 19.15 Leicester North-Loughborough, 20.40 Leicester North-Loughborough.
Sunday September 9th: 10.30 Loughborough-Leicester North, 11.15 Leicester North-Loughborough, 12.10 Loughborough-Rothley Brook, 13.05 Rothley Brook-Loughborough (TPO), 14.20 Loughborough-Rothley Brook (TPO), 15.13 Rothley Brook-Loughborough, 16.15 Loughborough-Leicester North, 17.05 Leicester North-Loughborough.
Full timetables for the event and further information can be found on the GCR website by clicking HERE.
A reminder to everyone that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be in action at the Spa Valley Railway for all three over the Bank Holiday Weekend. This will be the last opportunity to sample ‘Deltic’ haulage on the line before 55019 departs for the Great Central Railway next Tuesday. The Spa Valley will be running its green timetable (mixed steam and diesel), with the Deltic booked to work the following services:
11.10 ex Eridge, 12.00 ex Tunbridge Wells West, 14.30 ex Eridge, 15.20 ex Tunbridge Wells West.
The full timetable for all three days can be found by CLICKING HERE.
The 2018 DPS Members Day with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Great Central Railway will take place on Saturday October 20th, and is being combined with an evening Fish & Chip special which will also feature 55019. During the daytime, DPS members will be able to travel for free on Deltic hauled services only on production of a valid DPS membership card. You will be given a wristband which will also entitle you to a free pint on the Fish & Chip special if you wish to stay and travel on this evening special (note that a separate ticket will need to be purchased for travel on this train – for further details and to book, please visit http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/special-events/deltic-fish-chip-special-saturday-20th-october-2018/. Spaces are limited).