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D9009 on 6Z55 today

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.

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40 years of the DPS article

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.

Convoy move now at Bluebell

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.

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DPS Annual General Meeting – Saturday 4th March 2017

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.

Volunteer’s View – February 11th 2017

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!

Deltic social at Doncaster – December 17th

As in previous years, DPS member John Herbert has organised a festive get-together for Deltic followers over a drink or two at the Corner Pin pub in Doncaster (around 5 mins walk from the station). It will take place on Saturday 17th December from 17.00 onwards. Chips will be available, but in time-honoured tradition, please bring your own cheese and battenberg.

Annual Auction – Updated List

[UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL ITEMS 26/02/16]

A list detailing items which are being included in the DPS Annual Auction on Saturday 5th March can be found by clicking the link HERE. Pictures of all the items can be found in the gallery HERE. Our auctioneer, Ray Ekins, will be accepting bids by text (to 07786 855139) or e-mail (to depotmanagerATthedps.co.uk ) as well as on the day at the auction itself. If using these methods, please quote your name and DPS membership number where applicable. Happy bidding!

 

Lord Nelson Memorial Lecture – Saturday 5th March 2016

The DPS is pleased to advise members that the Lord Nelson Memorial Lecture at this year’s AGM at York is to be given by Martin Walker of Beaver Sports.  Martin will be entertaining attendees about his experiences with being owner of ‘Royal Scots Grey’ and ‘Gordon Highlander’. This will be the first time in the history of the DPS that another owner of Class 55s have outlined their anecdotes to operating their particular Deltics.

Murray Brown, Chairman, said “we are most grateful to Martin for accepting this invitation, especially at short notice, and it promises to be a most entertaining presentation”.

D9009 launched in 1968 blue

Today saw the official launch of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ in 1968 BR blue livery at RVEL, Derby. Our thanks to Avocet Travel Management for sponsoring the repaint and RVEL for carrying out the work and accommodating the launch. The picture above, taken by Chris Reed, shows the loco outside at Derby – more pictures are on our Facebook page (see link to right) and will appear here shortly.

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