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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


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 ) 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.

Mike Birkinshaw

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of another former DPS committee member and volunteer, Mike Birkinshaw, who lost his battle with cancer earlier today. Mike served on the committee as Financial Secretary between 1992 and 2002, and was heavily involved in negotiations with VSOE in 1998 which saw two of our locos return to the main line the following year. He was also one of the society’s drivers, and drove all three of our Deltics at many railways all over the country. Our condolences go to his wife, Linda, and family.

Obituary – David Carter

It is with deep sorrow that we have to announce that former DPS Chairman David Carter passed away on October 7th. Stuart Page writes:

It is with great sadness to announce the passing away of David Carter, who was the first Deltic Preservation Society Chairman. David was involved at a unique stage in the development of the DPS and became the first Chairman on October 25th 1980, a position which he held until April 22nd 1983. Other duties he undertook over the years included Railtours Officer, organising tours like the North Briton and the Deltic Salute, a duty continued by wife Vera Carter.  He was also the local coordinator for the North East, constantly campaigning for press coverage around the Cleveland area over the years, providing much interest to the local residents who discovered what a Deltic was.

We offer our sincere condolence to all his family and friends.

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