We wish all ‘Deltic’ followers all the best for the festive season and thank you for your support during the past year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019, be it at the Severn Valley with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ or somewhere on the main line behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, perhaps at King’s Cross, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Cleethorpes or wherever we may end up at!
The latest report from Graham Clarke…
A last quick update before Xmas from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill.
Last week was Xmas Dinner day at a pub near Barrow Hill with most of the volunteers and the Society’s Board of Trustees present. Some work was done on floor painting in 55019, removing bearer pads from under the cab of 55008 to use as samples for new ones to go on D9009 and 55015. There was also a shortened board meeting. The details of that will appear in Deltic Deadline in due course.
The final Saturday before Xmas saw only myself and a new volunteer for the day only. John an expat from Essex, who was in the UK on family business and wanted to get his hands dirty. I think Brisbane must be a record for the furthest a volunteer has travelled to get to Barrow Hill!
We spent the day soldering the ends on two new traction motor cables and connecting them to 55015’s no.1 control cubicle. I’m pleased to see this job completed. The makeshift jig we made to hold the terminal lug while it was being soldered made the job very much easier than my first attempt, which was not really successful. I’m very pleased to see the cables reconnected. It should be easier now to complete the other end (fingers crossed). Thanks John, you were a big help.
Christmas Social: DPS member John Herbert has once again arranged a festive social get-together in Doncaster for Deltic followers. It takes place on Saturday 8th December at the Corner Pin pub (5 mins from the station) from 17.00 onwards. Pop along for some chips, snacks and convivial chat!
A new book: A new book entitled A lifetime of Deltic Locomotives has just been published, written by Richard MacLennan, with profits going towards the rebuilding of Whitrope Siding Signal Box. If you have enjoyed reading the articles in ‘Deltic Deadline’ by Whitrope Siding then you are sure to enjoy this. Please note this is not for sale on the DPS stand, but if you would like a copy then please click either the link to EBay HERE. One for the stocking perhaps?
D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ stands at Newcastle awaiting departure for King’s Cross with today’s ‘Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ with 52A Tours. Follow our progress online at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U10986/2018/06/16/advanced
Following a great weekend at the East Lancashire Railway, where ‘ALYCIDON’ worked alongside five Class 40s at the ’40s@60′ event, D9009 is due to depart with the convoy back to York and the Barrow Hill tomorrow (April 17th). Departure is scheduled for lunchtime and the timing schedule can be found HERE and HERE.
The picture below, courtesy of Richard Hargreaves, shows D9009 at Bury during the event, alongside D213 ‘ANDANIA’ and pioneer D200.
Following its visit to Knottingley yesterday, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ returned to York this afternoon. The leg from Milford Sidings to Neville Hill saw the loco used by DB Cargo on a freight working, moving 14 empty wagons (with a Class 66 acting as translator for the buckeye couplings) – an amazing sight which drew plenty of attention from photographers and the general public. The pictures below (by Pete Stojanovic and David Russell) show the train waiting to leave Milford Sidings and passing through Castleford.
Deltic followers may be interested to know that the October issue of Rail Express magazine contains a 4 page feature on 40 years of the DPS, including a selection of photos through the years (from 1982 to 2017). See the magazine’s website HERE.
Today’s convoy move featuring D9002, D9009 and 55019 has now arrived at the Bluebell Railway, ready for this weekend’s gala, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Deltic Preservation Society. D9002 hauled D9009 from the NRM to Barrow Hill, where 55019 was collected prior to continuing south. The photo below shows the move early this morning, a few minutes after leaving York.
DPS members are reminded that the society’s AGM takes place this Saturday (4th March) at the National Railway Museum, agenda as per page 2 of Deltic Deadline issue 235.
After the formal proceedings and lunch break, starting at around 14.00, will be the Lord Nelson Memorial Lecture. This year’s speaker will be Hugh Parkin, former Test Engineer at Doncaster Works.
Another update from Graham Clarke on what’s been going on at the DPS depot:
It was a very productive day at Barrow Hill last Saturday. There were 13 signatures on the signing on sheet.
Thanks to Pete, Steve x3, Mick x2, Martin, Jonathan, Beth, Nigel, Tom and Ray. Thanks to you all for your support!and hard work.
55019 had paintwork rubbed down and cleaning in no.2 nose end.
The NRM’s spare marine engine had its phasing gearbox removed (it connects the 3 crankshafts together) and more stripping done to allow the removal of B cylinder block, hopefully to go into the damaged power unit in D9002.
Injector pockets were removed from the DPS’ spare power unit 430 for cleaning and seal replacement. This is a tricky job, but essential before the unit can be used again after 30 years. Ray and I worked out how to take the main output shaft out of 451 to replace the oil seals that failed and led to the early failure of the main generator due to oil ingress and insulation failure. 417 had a start made on brush gear refurbishment.
I managed to run in new wires from a train heating and starting contactor to the low air pressure protection switch in 15′s no.2 control cubicle. There are a number of wires to change next weekend that go to the start control contactor and pressure switch, but these only go a short distance to terminal strips on the cubicle walls. Hopefully, I can have it finished by next Saturday evening.
Sheaf Engineering has also prepared the refurbished axle boxes, bearings and covers ready to go to the South Devon Railway for fitting to the re-tyred wheelsets. We’re getting nearer to a fully refurbished set of bogies now!