Volunteer’s View – February 2nd-9th

Here’s another update by Graham Clarke from the DPS depot at Barrow Hill. It covers the early part of February:

Over the past couple of weeks it’s been busy, with working parties during the week as well.

Work continues on 55019’s winter maintenance, especially the stripping and painting of no.2 cab and both cab roofs. The engine room floor is also receiving major attention with all the tread plates removed, cleaned and painted on the back. This done to stop galvanic corrosion between the aluminium tread plates and the steel floor. The floor has been cleaned and painted as well. It’s difficult to get the oil out of everywhere, because it soaks into the metal. It’s taken several rounds of cleaning so far. Thanks to Darrell, Steve, Beth, Nigel, Nat, Stuart, Wizz, John, Bob, Martin and Mark for their hard work so far.

On the agenda next is steam cleaning under the loco ready for mechanical and electrical maintenance. It’s been too cold to entertain recently. Thanks Mike, it’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it!

Mike and John have also been busy tidying the stores. It’s amazing how much space there is when you throw out the junk and put stuff away. That’s not a hint, honestly!

Power units have moved forward significantly. No. 451 now has its phasing gearbox sealed up, alignment dowels fitted and loosely bolted in place. Prior to that the engine was filled with coolant and left to stand for a couple of weeks to check for leaks from the new hoses inside the triangle of cylinder blocks. This area is inaccessible without removing the power unit from the loco, removing the main generator and phasing gearbox. Leaks inside the triangle are expensive, difficult and unwanted! Thanks to Pete, Mick to the power of 2 and Dave.

Meanwhile over on 55015, Steve has been working on the threads that the buffer cowl fixing screws go into. Many had broken screws in them or damaged threads. There are lots of jobs like this on a loco that are not glamorous, are not seen, require real skills to do them and take a lot of time. It’s jobs like this that take up most of the time needed to complete a major repair to a loco and not installing completed major components. That may seem counter intuitive, but it’s absolutely the reality. Thanks to Steve and all those who dedicate the time to these tasks. It makes all the difference to a top quality end result.

I’ve been struggling with the last three traction motor connections as described above and I’ve also been working to get the insulation resistance values of the cab heaters up to specification. The end result is that all the cab heater elements on the loco and in our stores are not useable. That’s another bugger of a job to sort out! Fortunately, or maybe not, the manufacturer still exists.

Darrell has been busy as usual with the sales stock, managing our rented out space and leading midweek working parties. Thanks a lot for all your efforts. It makes a big difference.

Volunteer’s View – January 26th January 2019

The latest from Graham Clarke…

At the Deltic Preservation Society Depot at Barrow Hill last Saturday it was busy again.

Power Unit 451 was leak tested to make sure the new hoses inside the triangle for cylinders are water tight. One needed tightening, but everything else was okay.

New catches were made to hold the battery box doors open on 55015 during maintenance. These are attached to the air intake box cover above the battery box. A second air intake duct was fitted during the week.

Cleaning and painting 55019’s no.2 cab, engine room floor, cab roofs and tail lights. ‘C ‘ Exam work also continued.

Benches and various parts for 55015 were moved out of the way to allow room for the forklift to get in and move marine engines out the way and place the cab of 55008 on the floor at the back of the depot.

I worked on sorting engineering documents and taping up traction motor cables. I intended to connect them, but one won’t fit. The terminals are specially made and I have the wrong one. The original one has got lost during a tidy up. I have some head scratching to do on Saturday to work out a solution.

Thanks to Steve, Steve, Pete, Beth, Nigel, Mick, Mike, Wizz, Stuart, Geoff, Dave, Keith and I hope that’s everyone.

Accurascale Deltic models now available to order


We are pleased to reveal that the six exclusive OO Accurascale Deltics which the Deltic Preservation Society in partnership with the Rails Limited and the National Railway Museum will be producing are now available to pre-order DCC Sound fitted!
The locomotives will be factory fitted with DCC sound by Accurascale and feature the same sounds and specification as Accurascale’s own versions. The locomotives feature the latest ESU Loksound 5 chip with two quality speakers with large sound capsules for the best possible sound.

The models are expected to be released in late 2019.
DCC Sound Versions are priced at £250.00 each
DCC Ready Versions are priced at £160.00 each

1 – 55015 ‘TULYAR’ in 1980’s BR blue livery with the distinctive Finsbury park white cab (Era 7)

2 – D9019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ BR two tone green as running post 1965 (Era 5)

3 – D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ in BR blue livery with pre-TOPS number for mainline running, high-intensity headlight, GPS pods, etc. as currently operating on the main line (Era 9)

4 – D9002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’ in two tone green livery as currently preserved and running on the National Network (Era 9).

5 – D9002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’ in two tone green 1980 with full yellow ends as repainted for its final thirteen months in traffic before withdrawal on 31st December 1981. The repaint into its colours was paid for with the aid of a grant from the Friends of the National Railway Museum (Era 7).

6 – D9008 ‘THE GREEN HOWARDS’ in ex-works green livery without yellow warning panel and without name as delivered in July 1961. Central BR Totem, plain sides. no vents etc (optional name plates will be provided in the box to be affixed if required) The locomotive was not named until 30th September 1963. (Era 5)


Contact Darrell Marsh on 01302 888100 or email salesATthedps.co.uk (replace At with @ to avoid spamtrap)

Christmas 2018 Raffle Draw Results

The draw took place in the Depot at Barrow Hill on 19th January as planned. The winning numbers are as follows:
1. 13982 – £250 – There are no contact details on this ticket stub.
2. 02540 – £100
3. 10603 – £100
4. 06344 – £50
5. 01814 – £50
6. 10116 – £50
I have started to contact the winners using the details on the stubs and I shall aim to send out cheques as soon as possible. If you could contact me at 07976 282396, if you have a winning ticket, it would be appreciated.
Unfortunately, I’ll not be able to contact the first prize winner, due to the ticket stub not being completed. Please could the holder of this ticket contact me?
£3,068 worth of tickets were sold this year compared to £2,957 last year. After deducting ticket printing costs and prizes, £2,306 has been raised, including £43 in donations. On behalf of the DPS Board, I would like to thank all those who took part in the raffle very much for their support. It is pleasing that the raffle did slightly better this year than it did in 2017.
Cheques sent with raffle ticket stubs are not cashed until after the raffle is drawn. They will be cashed as quickly as possible, but it can take a little while to find a convenient time to visit the bank, as I have a full time job as well as my DPS activities to contend with. Your understanding is appreciated. I wish you all well for the 2019 and for another exciting Deltic year ahead!
Graham Clarke

Volunteer’s View – January 12th 2019

Graham Clarke’s second report of 2019…

An update from the Deltic Preservation Society Depot at Barrow Hill.

It was a very productive day. I was very grateful to see such a good turn out. A lot was achieved as a result on many fronts and not just engineering.

The cab of 55008 continues to receive a cosmetic restoration and is in the Depot finally after 34 years, including a long period on it’s trailer and 15 years since we opened the Depot.

55019 was having its no.1 cab prepared for painting, further work done on the C Exam and a replacement for the broken governor regulator air pipe made and fitted. This was tested later and everything appears to be working correctly. In addition, tail lights were being cleaned of years of overpainting and some rust, ready for a fresh coat of new paint. And lastly the engine room door frames and catches have been repaired. One was missing.

Power Unit 451 has had the stripped temperature probe pocket thread repaired by fitting an oversize sleeve to return the thread to standard size. In turn this allowed the exhaust manifold removed for access to go back on.

A number of other painting and tidying jobs were done by the younger volunteers especially.

As I said, it’s not just about engineering at the Depot. Sales stock was dealt with and various financial transactions were processed.

Finally, over on 55015, work was continuing on the rebuild of the coolant expansion tank and pipe work. Including eventually finding the missing banjo connections for the water level sight glass and a blanking plate. I also straightened the cable I soldered last week that ended up crooked. I essentially melted the whole thing so I could straighten the cable and re-soldered the terminal back on. Even leather gauntlets will only keep over 200C at bay for so long, so you have to work quickly a bit at a time. The cables now straight, I’m satisfied with it and I have no burns!

It was a really good day and I would like to thank: Geoff, Neil, Nat, Beth, Nigel, Steve, Mick, Pete, Son Alex, Harry, His Mate, John, Tom, Dave, Darrell, Mike, Stuart, Wizz, Chris and I there too. And yes that’s 20 people.

New tours featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’

Pathfinder Tours has now announced details of two exciting new trains which are booked to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. The first, “The Harrogate & Humber Deltic Reprise”, takes place on Saturday May 11th and will see D9009 re-visit some traditional Deltic haunts. Starting at Willington and heading to York, it will traverse in the Harrogate circle before heading for King’s Cross and, after a break, returning north to Cleethorpes. More information on this trip can be found HERE.

The following month, on Saturday June 29th, D9009 will be heading off route onto former Great Western Railway territory when it hauls the annual ‘Mazey Day Cornishman’ excursion. The train starts at Tame Bridge Parkway and has various pick-ups between Birmingham and Bristol. For full details, please click HERE.

Volunteer’s View – January 5th 2019

Graham Clarke writes…

Happy New Year from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill.

The previous Saturday, just before New Year, saw Whiz, Stuart, Darrell and I. Darrell was busy with sales, Whiz was preparing a scabby tail light on 55019 for repainting, Stuart and I were looking at the ongoing fault that 19 occasionally has where it takes power, but the engine does not rev up, meaning you don’t get enough power to move a train. We found a broken air pipe in the pneumatic control system that increases the engine speed and power output when you move the power controller handle away from the off position. You would not hear air escaping with the loco running. It was on an external air supply, so we could hear the air escaping.

Last Saturday was quite busy, with Nat, Beth, Nigel, Geoff, Steve, Chris, Howard, Mia and I present. John was also there in the morning dealing with financial matters and I countersigned some cheques for him.

Apart from Geoff, Chris, Steve and I, everyone was working on either C Exam jobs or preparing the no.2 cab of 55019 for painting.

Geoff was busy with other painting jobs, Chris was making a new air pipe to replace the broken one, Steve was working on 55015’s no.2 buffer beam paintwork and I was generally sorting stuff out and getting ready to solder the last two traction motor cable terminations in 15’s no. 2 control cubicle. Steve helped me with this later on. I’m generally happy with the results, but I need to warm up and straighten the end of one of the cables, because it’s not straight. It’s very difficult to do the cables, due to working close to the control cubicle with cables pulled out to the side using a naked flame. Hopefully, I’ll get everything connected next week.

Thanks to everyone I’ve mentioned for their hard work and for the tin of chocolates someone brought along. There were only a few left by the end of the day.

Seasons Greetings

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!

Volunteer’s View – December 22nd 2018

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.

Volunteer’s View – December 1st & 8th 2018

Graham Clarke writes: This is an update from the Deltic Preservation Society covering the first two weekends of December at our depot at Barrow Hill. The new couplings and buffer beams on 55015 were painted black and red respectively. The engine room floor tread plates from 55019 are being removed, cleaned and painted. Thanks to Alex and Steve. Bob, Martin, Mark, Nigel and Darrell have removed them and cleaned up the oily mess underneath in the engine room. Thanks! Both vacuum exhausters are fitted and bolted down in 55015’s no.1 nose compartment. Thanks to Dave, Beth and Ray for struggling and completing the job.

Hairy Steve, Martin and Mike have been busy fitting the air intake elbows and coolant expansion tank into the middle of 55015. Thanks. Geoff, Harry and 1 other, whose name eludes me, have been busy cleaning and polishing 55019. Thanks for that it looks brilliant. On the power units, no. 430 has had an exhaust manifold removed to allow access to a damaged coolant temperature probe pocket that’s under repair. Both Micks, Pete and Dave are to thank for that. Stuart has made a start on the winter exam on 55019 and has helped me to confirm an issue with faulty auxiliary generator contactors and apparently incorrect value series resistors. Finally, the cab of 55008 has come inside ready for a lift into a new permanent home early next year (see photo below).


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