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SVR Footplate Experience update

Further to last week’s message regarding Footplate Experience availability with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Severn Valley Railway, please note that there are now only two places remaining on the whole summer programme. These are on Monday 14th July and Monday 11th August.

If you wish to book one of these places, please CLICK HERE for details of  how to and more information. Remember, there are only two spaces left, so be quick!

Deltic Driver Experiences

Our friends at the Swanage Railway have advised that they have 2 places left on the Deltic Driver Experience courses with the NRM’s 55002 on Wednesday 7th May. As a very special offer, quote ’D426′ when booking you can have any of the remaining courses for £200 per course – this applies to the 3 courses running around the gala (D6700 , 55002 and 50026). Please see http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/class-55-driving-experience for more details.

The courses with our own 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Severn Valley Railway over the summer are filling up, and availability is as follows:

June 16th PM/July 14th PM/August 4th PM/August 11th PM – all fully booked.

June 16th AM – 2 spaces left

July 14th AM – 1 space left

August 4th AM – 3 spaces left

August 11th AM – 2 spaces left

For more information on how to book, please see http://www.svr.co.uk/News-Article-New.aspx?a=539

55019 : move to the Severn Valley Railway

Movement of 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ to the Severn Valley Railway is expected to take place on Thursday May 1st. It is planned that the loco will be collected by 55002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’ (which will also be hauling D6700). The convoy will then go to Ruddington to collect 41001 and 47292 before heading to Kidderminster where 55019 will be dropped off. The other locos will then continue to Swanage. Timings are not yet known but please keep an eye on our Twitter feed for more details as it becomes available.

The first planned working for 55019 at the Severn Valley is on Saturday June 7th, when it will work the line’s diesel diagram - 09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

Volunteer’s View: April 26th 2014

Today with Alex, Ray, Mike, Tom, Stuart, Geoff & Steve, we completed the exam work and paperwork on no. 19. It’s now all ready to go to the SVR.  We also set up the vacuum brakes (too low), fixed a fault on no.1 engine governor causing it not to load (no power). Other faults with auxiliary power control and throttle sequence control (engines not speeding up properly). Thanks to everybody, I’m pleased we got it all done on time – phew!

Graham Clarke

Drive KOYLI at Swanage & RHF at the SVR

Our friends at the Swanage Railway are, in conjunction with the KOYLI Group, offering a rare chance to drive the NRM’s Deltic 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ on Wednesday May 7th, prior to the line’s diesel gala. For more details, please visit the link at http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/class-55-driving-experience

In addition, please remember that Driver Experience courses on 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ are taking plac during the loco’s summer visit to the Severn Valley Railway. Courses will take place on Mondays June 16th, July 14th, August 4th and August 11th. More information, and details of how to book, can be obtained by clicking the link here.

Volunteer’s View: April 12th 2014

This week sees the return of our occasional “Volunteer’s View” detailing goings-on at the DPS depot. While many Deltic followers were enjoying the highly successful trip behind the NRM’s 55002 to Aberdeen, work continued at Barrow Hill, as detailed in Graham Clarke’s report below:

It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill yesterday . Good progress was made on 55019′s exam in preparation for the summer at the Severn Valley Railway. Steve cleaned no.2 main generator, Mike checked various fluid levels and with Geoff’s help the fuel and oil debris traps. Geoff also finished some paintwork repairs on one of the noses and around a cab door. Tom greased the hand brake mechanisms and helped me with checking all of the electrical switch and control equipment. I also explained to him what I was doing. It’s important to try to pass on the knowledge to a younger generation. Thanks for all the help.

SVR roster for 55019

The running days for 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Severn Valley Railway have now been finalised, and are as follows:

Saturday June 7th (Timetable C), Tuesday June 17th to Friday June 20th (Timetable A), Sunday July 27th (Timetable C), Monday September 1st to Friday September 5th (Timetable A), Thursday Octber 2nd to Saturday October 4th (Diesel Gala).

Diagrams are as follows:

Timetable A: 11.40 Kiddermister-Highley, 14.05 Highly-Bridgnorth, 15.20 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

Timetable C: 09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

Any changes to the roster/diagrams will be notified here nearer the time.

In addition, there are a number of Driver Experiences course planned, and these will run on Monday June 16th, Monday July 14th, Monday August 4th and Monday August 11th – please see http://www.svr.co.uk/Footplate_DieselDrivingExperience.aspx for more details regarding these.

55019 to visit SVR from May to October

Following on from the news earlier today regarding D9009’s visit to the East Lancashire Railway, we are now pleased to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway from May till October.

The visit will include a number of running days, as well as some driver experience courses. Further details regarding dates etc will be advised in due course.

“Barrow Hill Live” this weekend – September 28/29

This weekend sees the “Barrow Hill Live” event taking place, and there will be plenty to see for Deltic followers. A guest Deltic, in the form of the NRM’s 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’, will be present, as well as our own D9015 ‘Tulyar’ undergoing restoration and 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’. The DPS depot will house a modern traction layout, ‘Deepcar’, and there will be a 5″ gauge model of the prototype DELTIC on display.

For those coming by public transport, there will be a free bus service from Chesterfield station, as well as a train service covering the connection into the event (price £6 return, plus admission). For more details, please see download the flyer at http://www.barrowhill.org/links/barrowhilllive.pdf

In addition, if you are in the area on the evening of Friday September 27th, why not join the Deltic enthusiasts who are having an informal get-together at the Corner Pin pub in Doncaster from around 6pm onwards.

D9009 and 55019 movements this week (Updated)

We have a busy few days coming up with our locos. Below are some details regarding the movements of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ this week:

Monday September 9th: Following its display with 4468 ‘MALLARD’ at Grantham this weekend, 55019 will be hauled (with 4468 again) to Doncaster for display next weekend. The convoy, which is expected to be hauled by 56311 again, is due to leave Grantham Yard at 09.10 and will run via Newark and Gainsborough Lea Road to Wabtec Doncaster, where it is booked to arrive at 12.29. For full timings, please see http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U54514/2013/09/09/advanced

Tuesday September 10th: D9009 will run from the East Lancashire Railway to Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway, where is will collect a pair of Diesel Hydraulics, D821 ‘GREYHOUND’ and D1062 ‘WESTERN COURIER’ for movement to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. D9009 is booked to join Network Rail metals at Castleton Hopwood Groundframe at 06.08, then leaving Castleton at 06.46, travelling via Crewe and Bescot to Kidderminster (10.55 at main line station, 11.26 onto SVR). Complete timings can be obtained at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U50709/2013/09/10/advanced , Following this, the convoy is scheduled to run to York. Confirmed times have now been received but departure from Kidderminster SVR is expected to be at 12.10, then Bescot 13.44, Stafford 14.39, Crewe 15.13/15, Stockport 16.08, Rochdale 17.08, Hebden Bridge 17.27, Wakefield Kirkgate 18.08, York 19.15/16, York NRM 19.40. Please remember, moves such as this can run early or late.

Wednesday September 11th: The convoy of D9009 plus D821/D1062 is planned to leave York NRM at 06.00 for Grosmont, times are York station 06.25/30, Thirsk 06.52, Thornaby 07.51, Battersby 08.30/46 (D9009 to run round), Grosmont 09.29

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