55019 stars at Crewe Open Day

Yesterday saw 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on display at the ‘All Change’ Open Day event at Crewe diesel depot, along with some 40 plus other exhibits (including a rare chance to see Locomotive Services two Deltics, D9016 ‘GORDON HIGHLANDER’ and 55022 ‘ROYAL SCOTS GREY’).

55019 is, of course, no stranger to Crewe, having been based at the Carriage Shed on the opposite side of the main line during the VSOE years (1999-2000). During this period, the loco and D9009 regularly visited Crewe Diesel Depot for fuelling.

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55019 move to Crewe – timings

Planned timings for the move of 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ from the Severn Valley Railway to Crewe tomorrow afternoon are now available and can be found HERE. It should be coming north behind GBRf liveried 50049 ‘DEFIANCE’, supplied by our friends in the Class 50 Alliance.

Volunteer’s View – May 25th/26th & June 1st/2nd

Graham Clarke’s latest report from Barrow Hill and beyond:

I think it’s about time for an update from the Deltic Preservation Society at Barrow Hill and elsewhere.

55019 has completed a successful visit to the Severn Valley Railway, including the Diesel Gala and several day’s of footplate experience duties. A big thank to the SVR for inviting us and for being generous hosts. I’m sure there will be many opportunities to work together in future and I’ll look forward to that. 55019 is off to Crewe Open Day, then back home, before going to the Nene Valley Railway later in the year.

At Barrow Hill, there’s been progress with the cab of 55008. Thanks to Neil, Nat, Beth and Nigel.

Geoff’s been busy painting a cab sound baffle board from 55015’s no.2 cab and a foot step that was painted in a hurry for the gathering at Shildon. Thanks.

Mike and Ray have made a good start at tidying the stores of material we don’t need, mostly because it’s not Deltic.

I’ve been busy tracing control wiring on 55015 so that I know where all the negatives go. This will make isolating any problems I find very much easier, because I will be able to quickly isolate groups of circuits from the supply and the negative. It’s normally a right pain, especially if you get a problem on the negative side, because they are all connected and go everywhere. Getting 55015’s wiring connected and tested is my main job now for the rest of the Summer.

Martin and Mick have been working in replacing damaged air pipes in 55015’s nose ends.

In the background, Mike and I have been sorting out new route indicator and windscreen seals. Mike’s done the leg work I can’t do, due to work and this is a huge help. Steve P is also very helpful as well sourcing parts. This week, 55015’s cab gauges are away being professionally rebuilt to nearly new condition. The supplier Trent Instruments is also helping with missing old style gauges and an ammeter.

Thanks again to you all.

55019 to attend Crewe Open Day

We are pleased to confirm that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be attending the ‘All Change’ Open Day being organised by Virgin Trains at Locomotive Services’ depot at Crewe on Saturday 8th June. 55019 is due to be moved from Kidderminster to Crewe on Friday 7th June and will star among more than 30 other exhibits at the site -including D9016 ‘GORDON HIGHLANDER’ and 55022 ROYAL SCOTS GREY’.

Please note this is a ticket only event and it is not possible to turn up and ‘pay on the day’. For more details, please CLICK HERE.

Severn Valley Railway success

55019 successfully worked its three weeks of diagrams at the SVR. The period did include continuous running over seven days which included the Diesel Gala, driver experiences, service trains and the additional Sunday service. Thanks to the SVR for inviting us and making us so welcome and from the DPS side the locomotive crew and sales.
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The final experience train on Thursday, May 23 alongside 1062 Western Courier on the diesel service train. Both locomotives being the only locomotive of their classes in operational condition. (Photo & Text: Stuart Page)

Deltic Deadline

‘Deltic Deadline’ editor Natalie Marsh writes:

At the AGM it was agreed that the Deadline would be cut down to 4 issues. I have scrapped the April/May issue to allow the following issue in the new series to take place.
Please expect your next deadline in the next few weeks.
This new Deadline is now your June/July/August issue – Summer Edition.
The next to follow in the series will be:

  • September/October/November issue – Autumn Edition.
  • December/January/February issue – Winter Edition.
  • March/April/May issue – Spring Edition.

The issues will be due out in the months of July/ October and January but this may vary if we have information that needs to be out a week or two sooner or waiting for information which will push it back.
Your Summer Edition is coming out a few weeks early so the gap between your last and your latest Deadline isn’t so long.
Any questions regarding this new format can be sent to editorATthedps.co.uk

20 years ago today…

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the return to the main line of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, when both Deltics worked from King’s Cross to York and back on what became known as ‘Deltic Saturday’ – a very memorable day for everyone involved and on board the trains!

Unfortunately, with D9009 currently out of service and in need of repairs, plans for ‘ALYCIDON’ to re-visit King’s Cross earlier this month had to be put on hold until the loco has returned to service. Well wishers who want to see this Deltic back on the main line are invited to make a donation using the link button to the right or by CLICKING HERE. Many thanks in advance for your support.

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Above photos: D9009 and 55019 on May 22nd 1999 at King’s Cross and York respectively. (Clive Elverstone & David Russell)

Volunteer’s View – May 11th/12th & 18th/19th

Graham Clarke writes:

The frenetic pace of the previous few weeks has passed now that 55019 has gone on its summer travels.

Over the last couple of weeks, forklift training has been refreshed (thanks to Dave for organising it) and Geoff and I were working on one of the sound deadening panels from 55015’s no.2 cab last Saturday.

I would also like to highlight the very successful diesel gala at the Severn Valley Railway last weekend. A really big thank you to the organisers for inviting the DPS to the event and to our team on the loco, sales stand and on the trains.

Dates for NVR Driver Experience Courses

The dates for the Driver Experience Courses at the Nene Valley Railway featuring 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ have now been announced and will take place as follows:

Thursday 4th September, Friday 5th September, Thursday 19th September, Friday 20th September.

For more details, and to book online, please visit the NVR’s website by CLICKING HERE.

In addition, we are pleased to advise that the Nene Valley Railway will be running “The Royal Highlander” evening Fish & Chip special on Friday 11th October using 55019. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

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