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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

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 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

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

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 , 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

‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ moves to Grantham

As planned, 55019 moved from York to Grantham with 4468 ‘Mallard’ earlier today in readiness for its display there this weekend. Devon & Cornwall Railways’ used 56311 for the convoy movement which ran pretty much to time throughout the journey. The two pictures below show the convoy just south of Colton Junction.

The event at Grantham, which marks 75 years since ‘Mallard’ attained its 126 mph speed record, takes place between 10.00 and 17.00 on Saturday September 7 and Sunday December 8.  We expect 55019 to be open for cab visits and theres should be several ‘Deltic’ nameplates on display.



55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ was moved from Barrow Hill to York by DCR’s 31190 yesterday in preparation for its movement to Grantham where it will be displayed over the weekend of September 7th/8th – for more details, please visit

The second leg of the move from York to Grantham is pencilled in for Wednesday September 4th, and is scheduled to depart York at 10.30, arriving at Grantham at 15.15. Detailed timings can be found at

Swanage success for 55019

55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ spent three days operating at the Swanage Railway between May 10th and 12th as part of the railway’s annual diesel gala/beer festival, which was the second gala outing for one of our locos this year. D9009 ‘Alycidon’, which was used to haul a convoy of visiting locos to/from the event, also made a static appearance at the event, being open for cab visits, enabling people to see the loco with its newly-fitted GSM-R equipment.

55019 also operated the diesel diagram at the Swanage Railway on May 18th prior to departing, with 31466, 33108 and 37521, behind D9009 for Didcot.

The picture below, courtesy of Andrew P M Wright, shows the convoy, which ran from Barrow Hill via the Dean Forest Railway to collect the Class 31, on the Swanage Railway on May 3rd.


One special guest we had at the event on May 11th was Mark Collins, one of the co-presenters of the ‘Trainspotting’ series on Discovery Channel. He was attending the gala to promote it on his show on local radio station Wave 105. Mark also received a guided tour of 55019′s engine room by Stuart Page, who took the photo below.




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