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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:


55019 at GCR this weekend

55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ moved to the Great Central Railway as planned yesterday, ready to star at the GCR Diesel Gala this weekend. The loco’s rostered turns are as follows:

Saturday 10th September: 10.30 Loughborough-Leicester North, 11.15 Leicester North-Loughborough, 12.45 Loughborough-Leicester North, 13.30 Leicester North-Loughborough, 15.00 Loughborough-Leicester North, 15.45 Leicester North-Loughborough, BEEREX 19.20 Leicester North-Loughborough, BEEREX 20.35 Leicester North-Loughborough. The two BEEREX workings are being operated in topand tail mode, with 37714 hauling both trains from Loughborough-Leicester North.

Sunday 11th September: 10.30 Loughborough-Leicester North, 11.15 Leicester North-Loughborough, 13.30 Loughbrough-Rothley Brook (train returns behind D5830), 16.30 Loughborough-Leicester North, 17.15 Leicester North-Loughborough.

Further details and full timetables can be downloaded from the GCR website – please CLICK HERE.

Extra dates at Epping Ongar Railway

We are pleased to announce an extra couple of dates featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ at the Epping Ongar Railway. In addition to the Diesel Gala on Friday 16th-Sunday 18th September, the loco will now be used on Friday 7th & Saturday 8th October. Friday is planned to be Driver Experience in the afternoon, followed by a ‘Deltic’ hauled dining train, while the Saturday will see the loco make its final runs on the line.

More details to follow in due course!

Royal Highland Fusilier repairs

Graham Clarke has been busy again…

The field end connection is soldered to the new cable and the terminal box end fitting is removed from the old cable and cleaned. Everything’s ready for fitting on Thursday at Loughborough. I’m glad I have a blow lamp. None of my electric soldering irons are up to this job!


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