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Volunteers View – May 4th 2019

Graham Clarke writes:

A short update from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill.

Winter maintenance was completed on 55019 on Saturday. A few last minute jobs, including greasing fan drives, tidying up after the mammoth cab repaint and cleaning main generators of oil contamination were done yesterday. Some work was also done on the cab of 55008 and John tidied up the safety barrier and finances.

Thanks to Geoff, Beth, Nigel, Stuart, Mike and John for yesterday’s efforts.

I would also like to say a further thank you to everyone who has come along and supported the DPS at Barrow Hill over the winter, during the recent Easter working week and during the midweek working parties. It all makes what we love possible and it would not happen without your support.

55019 departed for the Severn Valley on May 6th and has now arrived at Kidderminster.

North Norfolk Railway update

As most if not all will be aware, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is currently out of traffic and will therefore be unable to appear at the North Norfolk Railway’s gala on June 14th-16th as originally planned. We are currently investigating a number of options regarding the possible attendance of 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the event, if the loco can be moved affordably. Watch this space for more information in the next few days.

SVR gala roster details

The Severn Valley Railway has announced its timetable and roster for its diesel gala on May 16th-18th, full details of which can be obtained by downloading the PDF from the line’s website by clicking HERE. 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is booked to make one return trip each day, details of which are as follows:

Thursday 16th May: 14.35 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 17.42 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

Friday 17th May: 11.23 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 13.42 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

Saturday 18th May: 16.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 19.10 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

In addition, 55019 is rostered to work the SVR diesel diagram (two round trips) on Wednesday 15th May – ideal if you want more Deltic mileage than offered on the gala days. On this day, 55019 is planned to work the 11.20 and 15.20 departures from Kidderminster and the 13.10 and 17.10 departures from Bridgnorth.

SVR Diesel Footplate Experience with 55019

There is still chance to take charge of a ‘Deltic’ on the Footplate Experience courses with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in May before and after the line’s diesel gala. Availability as of today (March 8th) is as follows:

May 8th – 1 place remaining only, May 13th – fully booked, May 14th/21st/22nd/23rd – spaces available.

For further details and to make a booking, please visit the Severn Valley Railway’s website by CLICKING HERE.

55019 to visit Severn Valley Railway in May 2019

We are pleased to announce that after several successful visits in previous years, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway again in 2019.

The locomotive will arrive in early May and will stay for a few weeks during which it will work some of our timetabled service trains, appear at the Spring Diesel Festival (May 16-18) and once again be available for the Deltic Driver Experience days. These have proved to be extremely popular in recent years, with the available places being over-subscribed – early booking is therefore essential to guarantee a place! For more information on the Driver Experience, please see HERE.

55019 on the move

Further to yesterday’s message, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is now back at Barrow Hill following its visit to the Spa Valley and Great Central Railways. The picture below, kindly supplied by Steve Rimell, shows the loco at the Abnormal Load Holding Point by Junction 28 on the M1 last night.

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55019 move GCR to Barrow Hill

Following its successful visit to the Great Central Railway, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is due to arrive back at the DPS depot at Barrow Hill tomorrow (November 7th). Its return concludes a highly successful 2018 season, which has seen ’19 visit the Severn Valley, West Somerset, Keighley & Worth Valley, Spa Valley and Great Central Railways. Watch this space for news on 2019 in the coming months.

GCR DPS Members Day success

The DPS Members Day with 55019 at the Great Central Railway on Saturday was extremely well attended, with many people enjoying trips behind ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ which has had a busy 2018 season. It was a particularly notable day for one member, Jonathan Wilcox, who achieved his ambition of travelling 10,000  miles behind 55019 before his 30th birthday (which is in December). Jonathan first rode behind ‘RHF’ at the GCR when he was just four months old on April 30th 1989, and when the loco was based at the Great Central Railway and East Lancaster Railway, missed very few running days (thanks largely due to his father Pete being part of the loco support crew). The pictures below show him with 55019 at the GCR in 1991 and again at the DPS members day last Saturday.

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DPS members day next weekend

Next Saturday (October 20th) see the DPS Members Day take place at the Great Central Railway. Further to the previous notification regarding free travel on the Deltic hauled daytime services with wristbands, the GCR has asked that, where possible, DPS members should join the train at Loughborough where these will be available. The TTIs on board the train will also have a few wristbands available – please do not attempt to obtain at Quorn, Rothley and Leicester booking offices.

As a reminder, the trains hauled by 55019 will be 10.20/12.00/14.00 ex Loughborough and 11.05/12.45/14.45 ex Leicester North. In addition, ‘RHF’ will also work the evening Fish & Chip special for those who have pre-booked on this.

55019 will also be in action at the GCR on Sunday 21st October working the same daytime services as above. Standard fares apply on this day.

 

DPS Members Day/Deltic Running Weekend at GCR – October 20th/21st

The next event featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Great Central Railway will take place on October 20th/21st, when the Deltic is rostered to work three round daytime trips on both days (10.20/12.00/14.00 ex Loughborough and 11.05/12.45/14.45 ex Leicester North).

The Saturday also doubles up as DPS Members Day and on this day, DPS members can travel for free on these Deltic hauled services on production of a valid DPS membership card (one ticket per member), and you will be given a wristband, which will also entitle you to a free pint on the evening Fish & Chip special if you have booked on that (please note that this is currently fully booked). During the day, there will be the chance to meet and chat with several DPS board members, and there will also be a raffle with the chance to win a cab ride on 55019. Darrell will also have a number of Sales items for sale. We look forward to seeing many members at this event.

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