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Spa Valley Driver Experience

Further to the recent announcement regarding 55019′s visit to the Spa Valley Railway in August, details of the line’s Deltic Driver Experience, which takes place on August 12th/13th, have now been released. Full details can be obtained by CLICKING HERE. Please note that spaces are limited, and some slots are already sold – so please book quickly!

55019 to visit Spa Valley Railway

The DPS and Spa Valley Railway are delighted to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the line for its Diesel Gala on August 3rd-6th. It will be the first appearance of a Deltic on the railway and we expect it to be a very popular guest. In addition to the Diesel Gala, the loco will remain at the Spa Valley throughout August and will be used as follows:
August 12th/13th – Deltic Driver Experience
August 19th/20th – Diesel Diagram (Green Timetable)
August 26th-28th – Spa Valley 20th Anniversary Gala
More details regarding all these events will appear in due course.

Volunteer’s View – December 14th 2016

A midweek report! Darrell Marsh writes:

t’s been a busy few days for the society’s volunteers. After the Saturday and Monday working parties reported earlier in the week, it’s now my turn to report on Wednesday’s activities.

For me it was an early start to oversee the removal of the boiler roof/ silencers and steam heat boiler from 55019 by Shires Cranes Ltd. Both were removed by 11/30 and at just after 12:00 ,Royal Highland Fusilier was in the depot at the side of Tulyar with the roof and boiler moved in front of the depot on our RRV trailer pending work commencing on repairs and modification. Thanks to the staff at Shires Cranes, Merv, Simon and the staff at Barrow Hill, DRS, Sheaf Engineering and HNRC without whose co-operation the lifts on Monday and today would not have happened.

Meanwhile back in the depot the midweek team of volunteers had arrived and started working on painting power unit components, preparing air pipes for the bogies, moving lockers and kitchen units into the new welfare facilities ready for fitting and the fitting of hoses to PU417. Thanks to Bob Newcombe, Mark Vodden, John Glover and John Jarman for their contribution today.



Epping Ongar final weekend report

Stuart Page writes:
55019′s final running weekend at the Epping Ongar Railway to close the DPS season off was a great success. It started with Driving Experiences during Friday, then a Fish & Chip dinner in the evening through Epping Forest. Saturday continued with working all train services,  followed by a private night photo charter. Mike, Jeff and myself supporting the loco over the two days. Thanks to everyone at the Epping and Ongar Railway for making us so welcomed and being able to hear those Napier’s on 1/56 gradients on part of the London Underground!  RHF is now on its way back to Barrow Hill and will now have a well earned rest and a substantial amount of work carried out over the winter period.
The photo below was taken Saturday early evening and shows RHF in position ready for an EMRPS photo charter that is partly shown in the video HERE.

Epping Ongar events on October 7th & 8th

This coming weekend sees 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in action at the Epping Ongar Railway.

Friday October 7th sees ‘The Deltic Diner’ Fish & Chip special run, leaving North Weald at 18.30. There are still a few seats available on the train, which will cover two round trips with RHF. The price for DPS members and their guests is £25 each (discounted from £30). Bookings can be made by visiting - please use this code DD£5 to claim the discount and bring your membership card with you on the evening. You will need to pay the full fare if you don’t bring your membership card with you on the night.

On Saturday 8th October, 55019 will be in service throughout the day, operating between North Weald and Ongar. Also in action will be 31438 and 37029. A full timetable and loco roster in PDF format can be obtained by clicking HERE.

Epping Ongar Railway report

Stuart Page writes:

The three day Gala and four day driver experience events were a huge success with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ performing well over the whole seven day period supported by Jim, Mike, Beth, Jeff and myself over different days.  An amazing line which sits right at the end of the London Underground Central line at Epping with surprisingly steep gradients, the steepest being 1/56.

RHF’s final running days at the Epping & Ongar are Friday evening 7th October on the Fish & Chips Diner and a full day operating service trains on Saturday 8th October.

(Above) Tea break! Having a quick stop for a few minutes after running round its stock between diver experience courses manage after a few unsuccessful attempts picture a Spitfire flying over from the adjacent airfield on Wednesday 21st September

Epping Ongar gala roster

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ left the Great Central Railway for Epping Ongar, where it will star in this weekend’s diesel gala, yesterday. The rostered workings for 55019 on ll three days (Friday September 16th-Sunday September 18th) are as follows:

10.28 Epping Forest-Ongar, 12.15 Ongar-Epping Forest, 13.48 Epping Forest-Ongar, 15.35 Ongar-Epping Forest, 17.15 Ongar-North Weald.

Additional Saturday workings:

18.15 Ongar-Epping Forest, 19.45 Ongar-Epping Forest, 21.15 Ongar-North Weald.

The full timetable for the event, complete with loco allocations, can be downloaded in PDF format form the Epping Ongar Railway website by CLICKING HERE.

GCR report

Graham Clarke writes:

On Saturday, I wasn’t at Barrow Hill, I was with Beth and two Mikes at the Great Central Railway at Loughborough. It was their diesel gala and I was keeping an eye on 55019 whilst it’s running today with Beth. The traction motor blower motor that I repaired is holding up for now. I’ve enjoying the company and seeing a Deltic running for a change and not in a million pieces.


55019 is leaving the GCR for the Epping Ongar Railway today (September 14th).

Volunteer’s View – September 8th 2016

This report by Graham Clarke on the repairs undertaken to 55019:

I went Loughborough, where I’ve temporarily fixed 55019′s fried traction motor blower wiring.  It will need a new terminal board over the winter, because the terminal lug that burned out has damaged the terminal board and the terminal stud is loose.  It’s OK for now and the connections are tight.

It was difficult to get at and it wasn’t comfortable leaning in to get at the motor wedged between the blower fan cowl and the fire bottles with one foot on the compressor frame.

The job involved:

1.  disconnecting the damaged connections ; 2.  cutting off the insulating tape inside the motor to expose the field connection and disconnecting it ; 3.  Pulling out the old wire to the terminal box ; 4.  Pulling the new one in and connecting it to the field coil ; 5.  Soldering on the connecting lug to the new wire at the end that bolts to the terminal in the terminal box – this was really difficult, due to the design of the lug, which is terrible and is probably why the failure happened in the first place (the solder runs out and I am not an expert soldering with a flame) ; 6.  Bolting the terminals up to the power supply cable ; 7.  Re-taping the field connection and varnishing it to seal out damp ; 8.  Running up the loco and checking the blowers are working properly, which they are.

EOR Deltic Diner – more details

The ‘Deltic Diner’ at the Epping Ongar Railway on Friday October 7th, hauled by 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, will be in the form of a ‘Fish & Chip Special’.

The evening starts at North Weald Station and includes two round trips from North Weald to Epping Forest,  Ongar and back during which you will be served Fish and Chips and dessert at your table.  The EOR have pulled together a number of nifty shunting moves to ensure that the star of the evening, Royal Highland Fusilier,  hauls the majority of the services.
There’s ample parking from 6:00pm at North Weald Station but no Epping Ongar Railway buses this evening. We return to North Weald for the last time at around 9.30pm.

A DPS members discount of £5 on the standard price of £30 is available – please use this code DD£5 to claim the discount and bring your membership card with you on the evening. You will need to pay the full fare if you don’t bring your membership card with you on the night.

If you have any queries please call the EOR on 01277 365200 or email

Bookings can be made via this link:


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