GCR Driver Experience Update

There has been a lot of interest in the Great Central Railway Deltic Driver Experience course and the two initial dates (October 15th/16th) are now booked up. Two more dates have been added as a result (Thursday 25th/Friday 26th October) – for full details, please see the GCR website HERE.

GCR Deltic Driving Experience

The Great Central Railway has now announced details of its Deltic Driving Experience using 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, which will take place on Monday 15th/Tuesday 16th October (dates full – additional dates on Oct 25th/26th).Don’t miss this chance to drive a Deltic on the Railway’s double track line. Full details of the special package can be found on the GCR’s website by clicking HERE.

Volunteer’s View – July 14th to 21st

An update from Graham Clarke covering the recent period:

A Deltic progress update from the last two weeks at Barrow Hill.

Two Saturday’s ago work was focused on 55019 and getting it ready to go to the Spa Valley Railway. Stuart was busy on one power unit’s radiator fan gearboxes changing the oil. I found a spare route indicator light switch and replaced a faulty one that would not turn off.

I also removed a bearer pad from under 55008’s cab to act as a sample for 8 new ones to go under 55015. These act as a wearing part between the locomotive body and the bogie bolster that can be easily replaced. The old ones are very thin and need replacing. I’m going to get the metal analysed to find out its grade, so that I can have some replacements made from a pattern. Work carried on cleaning the gear wheels and painting the wheels. Thanks Stuart, Adrian and Steve.

Work also continued on 55008’s cab with Nat, Beth and Nigel working away on interior parts, painting and repairs to the route indicator box. Thanks.

There was a midweek working party on Thursday. An attempt was made to lift the tread plates from the floor of D9009’s engine room floor to allow cleaning and painting. Unfortunately, the screws would not budge. The cleaning and painting of the wheel sets for 55015’s bogies continued. Thanks Darrell, Bob, Martin and Mark.

On Saturday, 55019 had most of an A Exam completed and attention to a couple of damaged and loose brake pull rod safety brackets. These act as secondary retention to stop the pull rods dropping off in the event of them becoming detached from the brake levers. The loco was also partially cleaned. Thanks to Howard, Geoff, Beth and Mike.

D9009 has attention to a defective horn from Dave and Nigel. The parps and other farty noises were hilarious and the cause of much banter and toilet humour! I think the musical career is on hold, but thanks. Dave also struggled with the tread plate screws to no avail.

Work carried on on the cab of 55008 and thanks go to Nat, James and Nigel again.

Geoff carried on painting wheel sets. Hopefully, once Mike has refitted the axle end plates next Saturday and with some final cleaning of the gear wheels, they will be ready for Sheaf Engineering to start final assembly of the bogies!

Darrell worked on sales and I made a start crimping terminals onto 55015’s new traction motor cables. It was hot and very physical work. Both factors won in the end and I’m going to need help next week to reroute some of the cables. They are crossed over each other under the no.1 control cubicle and might be too long. I hope not. It’s difficult to cut them in situ.

Spa Valley timetables released

Timetables for the Spa Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala, which features 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ plus visiting ’25′ D7612 and ‘Clayton’ D8568 as well as home fleet locos, have now been released, and the full Working Timetable can be downloaded from the Spa Valley website by clicking HERE.

Services due to be worked by 55019 during the event are as follows:

FRIDAY 3RD AUGUST: 09.15 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 11.25 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 13.35 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 15.45 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 17.55 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West.

SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST: 09.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 11.25 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 13.35 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 15.45 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 17.55 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 19.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 20.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 21.50 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West.

SUNDAY 5tH  AUGUST: 12.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge, 14.15 Eridge-Tunbridge Wells West, 17.15 Tunbridge Wells West-Eridge (‘Loadex’ x 6 locos).

For further information concerning the event (ie fares, advance ticket sales, food/drink availability etc), please visit the Spa Valley Railway’s website by clicking HERE.

UPDATE 23/07: 55019 should be leaving Barrow Hill by road for its journey to the Spa Valley today.

“The Talisman” tour re-dated

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour from King’s Cross to Newcastle and back on July 21, which features D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ as power for the return leg, has been postponed due to impacts caused by the prolonged hot weather and restrictions on operating steam locomotives on the national network. It will now run on Saturday September 15th and D9009 is still booked to haul the tour between Newcastle and London.

As a result of the change of date, some seats are now available on this tour which was previously fully booked. For full details concerning the trip, please CLICK HERE.

55019 to visit Great Central Railway

In joint negotiations the Deltic Preservation Society has reached an agreement for 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ to visit the Great Central Railway for its Autumn Diesel Gala, taking place on September 7th/8th/9th 2018, the DPS Sales team will be there to empty your wallet. The locomotive will then stay on the line until October 31st and may enter the weekend roster pool of locomotives, details to be confirmed.
During the stay the locomotive will take part in 5 booked Footplate Experience Days, dates to be confirmed within the next week. We are looking to maximise on the value for money for our customers and offer a good value package. Please contact the Great Central Railway after July 20th to make your bookings and pay your deposit.
The final operation will be a DPS Members Day(s) on Saturday 20th and/or Sunday 21st October. DPS Members on production of a valid Membership Card will get a wrist band to enable them to travel FREE on the Deltic hauled trains on the day(s) – watch DPS & GCR websites and Deltic Deadline for confirmation on this.
Mike Hallam-Rudd. DPS.
Scott Manley    GCR.

55019 stars at KWVR 50th Anniversary Event

The DPS was pleased to take part in the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s 50th Anniversary Gala, with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ entertaining visitors on June 30th and July 1st. The DPS’s relationship with the KWVR goes back almost 30 years, as 55015 ‘TULYAR’ was one of the guest engines at the line’s first diesel gala, back in November 1988. The picture below shows 55019 heading for Oxenhope on its first working on the Sunday, having been added to the service at Haworth loop.

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55019 is due to be returned to Barrow Hill this week – possibly tomorrow (the original planned move today having been cancelled).

55019 workings at KWVR

This coming weekend, Saturday June 30th/Sunday July 1st, sees 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in action at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway as part of the line’s 50th anniversary event. Saturday is a mixed traction event, with diesels operating in the evening, while Sunday sees diesel action throughout the day. Booked workings for 55019 are as follows:

SATURDAY JUNE 30TH: 20.15 Keighley-Oxenhope, 21.00 Oxenhope-Keighley, 22.25 Keighley-Oxenhope. Full timetable HERE.

SUNDAY JULY 1ST: 14.30 Keighley-Oxenhope (from Haworth loop, d/h with 25059), 15.20 Oxenhope-Keighley (d/h with 25059), 16.55 Keighley-Oxenhope, 17.40 Oxenhope-Keighley, 18.25 Keighley-Oxenhope. Full timetable HERE.

Volunteer’s View – June 16th/17th 2018

Two reports from Graham Clarke…

SATURDAY JUNE 16TH

Another cracking day today. It started with a bit of work at Barrow Hill on a traction motor terminal board I’ve refurbished and rebuilt and refitted to 55015.

I then went to Doncaster courtesy of a lift from Mike. From there I acted as travelling fitter on D9009 to Newcastle and then Tyne Yard for stabling. The loco was working the Driver Albert Gilmour Memorial charter from Newcastle to London and back. Albert drove Deltics and hence the tribute to a remarkable man. May you rest in peace. Thank you to his son Marcus for arranging the tour and for using D9009 from the Deltic Preservation Society to haul it. Thanks to my colleague Mick for his help today.

SUNDAY JUNE 17TH

D9009 is safely back at Barrow Hill following the run back from Tyne Yard (see pic below). Everything has worked OK yesterday evening and today. I heard a number of positive comments. Thank for those.

I would just like to thank our drivers: Joe, Colin, Keith and Andy. And my fellow fitter Mick P.

Thanks also to Barrow Hill’s Mervyn, Paul and Jim for getting us on shed this afternoon.

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A fantastic day!

We are sure that everyone on board ‘The Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ with 52A Tours today will agree that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a great performance on the run from Newcastle to London and back. The pictures below show the train north of Hitchin on the outward leg (courtesy of Tim Summers) and at King’s Cross prior to departure north.

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Below: Job done…D9009 stands in Tyne Yard this evening (Graham Clarke). The loco returns to Barrow Hill tomorrow – see HERE for timings.

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