Following the sell-out of the Footplate Experience courses previously offered with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Severn Valley Railway, we are pleased to be able to advise that an extra date has been added to the programme. This will take place on Friday 12th September. For more information, or to book, please contact the Severn Valley Railway direct on 01562-757900. Be quick, all the other Footplate Experience trips with 55019 have sold out!
The nex booked workings for 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ are on Saturday July 12th at the Severn Valley Railway, when it is booked to haul the following services:
09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.
This provides around 64 miles of ‘Deltic’ haulage. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ undertook its first passenger duties at the Severn Valley Railway over the period from June 17th-20th, working three timetabled trains on each day. A relay problem on the first day caused a small delay, and resulted in the loco operating on the other power unit. The relay was changed later that day.
The pictures below were take by Stuart Page from the DPS support crew on June 18 and show the loco at both Bridgnorth and Kidderminster.
Both D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ have now undergone an oil change and are now available for service. 55019 is due to undertake its first passenger workings of the season at the Severn Valley Railway this week, and is booked to operate the following services on Tuesday-Friday (June 17th-20th):
D9009 will not be working at the ELR this weekend (June 14th/15th) and the diesel diagram will now be covered by 37324. As many of you will be aware, both D9009 and 55019 require an oil change and the Society is working with suppliers and heritage rail operators to ensure that the matter is brought to a swift conclusion and minimum disruption is caused to the season’s operating programme.
At the Severn Valley Railway, the footplate experience with 55019 on June 16th has been rescheduled to take place on August 21st. On a more positive note, additional running days will take place on Saturday July 12th and Saturday August 30th when the loco will operate the Timetable ‘C’ diesel diagram. Watch this space for more details regarding September workings.
The DPS regrets to advise that, owing to circumstances beyond our control, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will not be performing on the diesel diagram at the Severn Valley Railway this Saturday. Its place will be taken by 50026 ‘INDOMITABLE’. An additional running day for 55019 is now expected to take place on Bank Holiday Monday August 25th.
We apologise for any disappointment this late change will cause.
On May 17th, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ was employed on some driver training runs at the Severn Valley Railway, in readiness for its workings there this season, the first of which takes place on Saturday June 7th. Further running days are planned for June 17th-20th, July 27th, September 1st-5th and the Diesel Gala on October 2nd-4th.
Below are a selection of pictures of the training runs, kindly taken and supplied by Ian Murray.
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!
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
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.