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55019 in action at NVR

Stuart Page writes:

55019′s first event since arriving at the NVR last week was the driving experiences on Thursday/Friday 5/6th September. The loco performed well and all the participants had a good day out. One professional mainline driver came out for a turn and experienced how to drive a more sophisticated nonautomated locomotive. During the two days, photo stop opportunities arose and below shows RHF near the foot crossing at Castor. Next outings again on driver experiences are on Thursday/Friday 19th/20th September.

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55019 prepared for Nene Valley visit

Stuart Page writes:

On 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, final checks were concluded on Saturday with the loco moved outside and running checks carried out. Times are still to be advised but planned movement to the Nene Valley Railway is on Wednesday 28th August.

UPDATE 27/08: Timings for the move, which leaves Barrow Hill just after 12.00 and runs via Toton, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray to the NVR have now been received and can be found HERE.

The photo below, by Darrell Marsh, shows the second power unit being started up.

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55019 on ‘Train Truckers’

A new series starts on TV channel Yesterday next week,  and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ features in the episode due to be shown at 21.00 on Thursday 12th September, following its visit to the Spa Valley Railway last year. The full schedule for the six episodes is as follows:

29th August – Classic Steam Locomotive
Britannia 70000 and Class 230

5th September – Giant Royal Locomotive
5199 Prairie, 7822 Foxcote Manor and Class 66

12th Sept – Mega Freight
Deltic 55019 and CAF Class 195

19th Sept – Railway Mega Machines
Standard 5 73096 and Rail Crane Cowans Sheldon 50 Tonne Jib

26th Sept – High Speed Super Train
Hitachi and S160

3rd Oct – Colossal Coastal
Tamping Machine and Class 37 37275

55019 stars at Crewe Open Day

Yesterday saw 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on display at the ‘All Change’ Open Day event at Crewe diesel depot, along with some 40 plus other exhibits (including a rare chance to see Locomotive Services two Deltics, D9016 ‘GORDON HIGHLANDER’ and 55022 ‘ROYAL SCOTS GREY’).

55019 is, of course, no stranger to Crewe, having been based at the Carriage Shed on the opposite side of the main line during the VSOE years (1999-2000). During this period, the loco and D9009 regularly visited Crewe Diesel Depot for fuelling.

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55019 move to Crewe – timings

Planned timings for the move of 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ from the Severn Valley Railway to Crewe tomorrow afternoon are now available and can be found HERE. It should be coming north behind GBRf liveried 50049 ‘DEFIANCE’, supplied by our friends in the Class 50 Alliance.

55019 to attend Crewe Open Day

We are pleased to confirm that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be attending the ‘All Change’ Open Day being organised by Virgin Trains at Locomotive Services’ depot at Crewe on Saturday 8th June. 55019 is due to be moved from Kidderminster to Crewe on Friday 7th June and will star among more than 30 other exhibits at the site -including D9016 ‘GORDON HIGHLANDER’ and 55022 ROYAL SCOTS GREY’.

Please note this is a ticket only event and it is not possible to turn up and ‘pay on the day’. For more details, please CLICK HERE.

Severn Valley Railway success

55019 successfully worked its three weeks of diagrams at the SVR. The period did include continuous running over seven days which included the Diesel Gala, driver experiences, service trains and the additional Sunday service. Thanks to the SVR for inviting us and making us so welcome and from the DPS side the locomotive crew and sales.
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The final experience train on Thursday, May 23 alongside 1062 Western Courier on the diesel service train. Both locomotives being the only locomotive of their classes in operational condition. (Photo & Text: Stuart Page)

20 years ago today…

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the return to the main line of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, when both Deltics worked from King’s Cross to York and back on what became known as ‘Deltic Saturday’ – a very memorable day for everyone involved and on board the trains!

Unfortunately, with D9009 currently out of service and in need of repairs, plans for ‘ALYCIDON’ to re-visit King’s Cross earlier this month had to be put on hold until the loco has returned to service. Well wishers who want to see this Deltic back on the main line are invited to make a donation using the link button to the right or by CLICKING HERE. Many thanks in advance for your support.

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Above photos: D9009 and 55019 on May 22nd 1999 at King’s Cross and York respectively. (Clive Elverstone & David Russell)

Dates for NVR Driver Experience Courses

The dates for the Driver Experience Courses at the Nene Valley Railway featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ have now been announced and will take place as follows:

Thursday 4th September, Friday 5th September, Thursday 19th September, Friday 20th September.

For more details, and to book online, please visit the NVR’s website by CLICKING HERE.

In addition, we are pleased to advise that the Nene Valley Railway will be running “The Royal Highlander” evening Fish & Chip special on Friday 11th October using 55019. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

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