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).
We hope that those of you who attended the Spa Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala last weekend (see pic below at Eridge) enjoyed the performances behind 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’. Our visiting Deltic will be in action again this coming weekend, working five round trips between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge (73140 will assist with shunt releases). Day Rover tickets are a bargain at £12.00! For further information, please visit the Spa Valley’s webpage by CLICKING HERE.
If you can’t make the event, why not keep an eye out for 55019 on the Spa Valley’s Railcam as the train passes Groombridge? The link to this cam be found HERE.
There has been a lot of interest in the Great Central Railway Deltic Driver Experience course and the two initial dates (October 15th/16th) are now booked up. Two more dates have been added as a result (Thursday 25th/Friday 26th October) – for full details, please see the GCR website HERE.
The Great Central Railway has now announced details of its Deltic Driving Experience using 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, which will take place on
Monday 15th/Tuesday 16th October (dates full – additional dates on Oct 25th/26th).Don’t miss this chance to drive a Deltic on the Railway’s double track line. Full details of the special package can be found on the GCR’s website by clicking HERE.
Timetables for the Spa Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala, which features 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ plus visiting ’25′ D7612 and ‘Clayton’ D8568 as well as home fleet locos, have now been released, and the full Working Timetable can be downloaded from the Spa Valley website by clicking HERE.
Services due to be worked by 55019 during the event are as follows:
FRIDAY 3RD AUGUST: 09.15 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 11.25 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 13.35 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 15.45 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 17.55 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West.
SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST: 09.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 11.25 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 13.35 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 15.45 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 17.55 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 19.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 20.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 21.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West.
SUNDAY 5tH AUGUST: 12.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 14.15 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 17.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge (‘Loadex’ x 6 locos).
For further information concerning the event (ie fares, advance ticket sales, food/drink availability etc), please visit the Spa Valley Railway’s website by clicking HERE.
UPDATE 23/07: 55019 should be leaving Barrow Hill by road for its journey to the Spa Valley today.
The DPS was pleased to take part in the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s 50th Anniversary Gala, with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ entertaining visitors on June 30th and July 1st. The DPS’s relationship with the KWVR goes back almost 30 years, as 55015 ‘TULYAR’ was one of the guest engines at the line’s first diesel gala, back in November 1988. The picture below shows 55019 heading for Oxenhope on its first working on the Sunday, having been added to the service at Haworth loop.
55019 is due to be returned to Barrow Hill this week – possibly tomorrow (the original planned move today having been cancelled).
This coming weekend, Saturday June 30th/Sunday July 1st, sees 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in action at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway as part of the line’s 50th anniversary event. Saturday is a mixed traction event, with diesels operating in the evening, while Sunday sees diesel action throughout the day. Booked workings for 55019 are as follows:
SATURDAY JUNE 30TH: 20.15 Keighley-Oxenhope, 21.00 Oxenhope-Keighley, 22.25 Keighley-Oxenhope. Full timetable HERE.
SUNDAY JULY 1ST: 14.30 Keighley-Oxenhope (from Haworth loop, d/h with 25059), 15.20 Oxenhope-Keighley (d/h with 25059), 16.55 Keighley-Oxenhope, 17.40 Oxenhope-Keighley, 18.25 Keighley-Oxenhope. Full timetable HERE.
Stuart Page writes:
The three day gala disappeared as quickly as it appeared and with 55019 off on her travels the very next day to yet another railway (the loco is now at Haworth ready for the KWVR gala). The event was a great success with 55019 performing to the crowds and, at any stopping point along the WSR, pulling in people wanting a closer look. The cabs were full of Deltic fans and general public alike wanting a chance to ‘cab’ nineteen.
The support crew for the event were Samantha, Natalie, Darrell and Neil manning the sales stand at Minehead and those being on the loco, fitters Graham and Ray with drivers John, Mike and Stuart who had travelled down from the Midlands, Yorkshire and South coast.
We wish to thank everyone at the West Somerset Railway including the Diesel and Electric Preservation Society for inviting us to such a wonderful part of Somerset with their hospitality in looking after ourselves and our star attraction, 55019.
RHF is admired by many at Crowcombe. (Stuart Page)
Following this weekend’s gala at the West Somerset Railway, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is due to begin its journey north to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway tomorrow. Planned timings for the first two movements are:
ADDITIONAL TIMES ADDED 12/06/18: