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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.

Severn Valley Railway gala

A reminder that tomorrow (Saturday 4th October) is the third and final day of the Severn Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala, which brings with it the chance to ride behind 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on its last booked working at the SVR following its 2014 visit, and also the opportunity to ride behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ as well. The two locos are expected to depart for the ELR on Wednesday 8th October (confirmation and timings to follow).

The booked workings at the SVR tomorrow are:

D9009: 09.10 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 12.06 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 16.11 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 18.25 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.
55019: 11.05 Kidderminster-Bewdley, 11.56 Bewdley-Kidderminster, 12.59 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 16.06 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 18.25 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 20.20 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

The DPS Sales Stand is located on the concourse at Kidderminster, Darrell and the team will be delighted to see you.IMG_0053

The picture above shows 55019 at the gala earlier today, waiting to depart Kidderminster with the 09.55 for Bridgnorth.

Volunteer’s View – 09/08/14

Another report from Graham Clarke this week, with some progress on the society’s spare power units:

It’s been a productive day at Barrow Hill. More work has been done on fuel tanks by Mike and Tom. They are not far from completed. There are still some retaining studs missing, the engine connections to sort out and a balance pipe that’s just too short. In the power unit store, Unit 439 has been turned a little for the first time in many years. Unit 419 has been primed with oil, but is not wanting to turn yet. More oil will be pumped in next week. Hopefully it will free off once the oil soaks through. I’ve been marking up wiring diagrams with the cables that have been replaced to work out what needs testing. I’ll be starting in earnest next week. There are now some engine room light fittings too. Thanks to the midweek volunteers, Darrell, Beth and Pete.


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