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Spa Valley running weekend – August 11th/12th

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.

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GCR Driver Experience Update

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.

GCR Deltic Driving Experience

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.

Spa Valley timetables released

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.

55019 to visit Great Central Railway

In joint negotiations the Deltic Preservation Society has reached an agreement for 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ to visit the Great Central Railway for its Autumn Diesel Gala, taking place on September 7th/8th/9th 2018, the DPS Sales team will be there to empty your wallet. The locomotive will then stay on the line until October 31st and may enter the weekend roster pool of locomotives, details to be confirmed.
During the stay the locomotive will take part in 5 booked Footplate Experience Days, dates to be confirmed within the next week. We are looking to maximise on the value for money for our customers and offer a good value package. Please contact the Great Central Railway after July 20th to make your bookings and pay your deposit.
The final operation will be a DPS Members Day(s) on Saturday 20th and/or Sunday 21st October. DPS Members on production of a valid Membership Card will get a wrist band to enable them to travel FREE on the Deltic hauled trains on the day(s) – watch DPS & GCR websites and Deltic Deadline for confirmation on this.
Mike Hallam-Rudd. DPS.
Scott Manley    GCR.

55019 stars at KWVR 50th Anniversary Event

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.

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55019 is due to be returned to Barrow Hill this week – possibly tomorrow (the original planned move today having been cancelled).

55019 workings at KWVR

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.

55019 West Somerset Railway – Thank you

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.

 Crowcombe

RHF is admired by many at Crowcombe. (Stuart Page)

Timings for 55019 moves this week [updated]

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:

Monday June 11th: West Somerset Railway-Severn Valley Railway - CLICK HERE. (Overnight stop) Tuesday June 12th: Severn Valley Railway-Derby Etches Park – CLICK HERE.

ADDITIONAL TIMES ADDED 12/06/18:

Tuesday June 12th: Derby Etches Park-Butterley – CLICK HERE. Butterley-Doncaster – CLICK HERE. (Overnight stop) Wednesday June 13th: Doncaster-Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – CLICK HERE.

Report on 55019 from SVR & movement details

Stuart Page provides a report from the Severn Valley Railway’s Kidderminster TMD:

Apologies for the late report from the SVR due to living on site most of the last three weeks.

The loco ran well over the above period on service trains, experiences and Gala days other than those of Friday and Saturday of the Gala. A fault from a number of years ago, thinking the loco was running on two engines but with the first engine not running. In other words no power until reaching notch seven and not resetting after an overload. Both faults easily to reset and continue. The relays involved will need either need replacing or servicing with this having occurred a second time. The driver experiences were spread over the three weeks and were enjoyed by all 48 participants, including two pairs of husband and wives too who thoroughly enjoyed the experience as much as their men.

On Saturday 55019 had its FTR exam and was reblocked ready for the visit to the West Somerset Railway which is scheduled for this coming Wednesday (June 6th) departing the SVR around 10.55 – times can be found HERE. Return from the WSR to the SVR will be on Monday June 11th  arriving around 17.50 where the consist will remain overnight before then heading north to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for our third visit of the year.

A big thankyou to all at the SVR for making our stay an enjoyable one.

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