D9009 – an update

The failure of DPS-owned Class 55 D9009 Alycidon on the southbound ‘Auld Reekie’ rail tour from Edinburgh, which saw the locomotive failed at Berwick, has turned out to be more serious than originally thought. Initially, two traction motors were isolated at Dunbar following a loud ‘bang’ but difficulty in obtaining power saw the driver call it a day at Berwick.

Subsequent investigations have revealed a large power surge has damaged all 6 traction motors and one of the two main generators has also be affected. The damage is not consistent with what could be termed a ‘normal’ flashover where current arcs from one brush box too the next. There is a burn mark on the roof of D9009 and also on the inside of the engine room roof.

It is highly probable that the six traction motors will need to be professionally repaired, necessitating lifting the locomotive to gain access to the bogies. It is not known if the affected main generator will require similar attention Should this be necessary, the complete power unit will need lifting out and the generator removed.

The DPS has regrettably had to inform Pathfinder Tours that the locomotive will not be repaired in time to run ‘The Harrogate & Humber Deltic Reprise’ on May 11 but hopes this tour can be scheduled at a later date.

The DPS wishes to thank DB Cargo, the operator of the ‘Auld Reekie’ tour, for its exceptional co-operation and assistance with this incident. Investigations continue to establish the cause of the damage.

As you may have already seen, we are now in a position to accept online donations – many thanks to those of you who have already done so. 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.

Volunteer’s View – March 23rd/24th & 30th/31st

Graham Clarke writes…

I’m a bit overdue for an update from the DPS. It’s been exceptionally busy. There will be a further public statement on D9009 shortly. I shan’t comment further here.

It’s been a productive period, with work continuing and preparing 55019 by completing the annual exam, painting no.2 cab, both cab roofs and both nose ends (including refurbishing the tail lights).

Work has also continued on various aspects of 55015 that are mostly time consuming details round the buffer cowls. I’ve had little time for hands on work on no.15, due to dealing with D9009’s woes.

Over the last two Saturdays, I’ve examined, cleaned and changed a number of worn brushes in 55019’s traction motors.

A major clean and tidy of the depot has also begun, because we have important visitors in a few weeks time. I have seen people with brushes that I thought did not know what one was.

A big thank you to the following people: Beth, Nat, Nigel, Nat, Johnny, Steve(2), Alex, Martin, Bob, Mark, Trevor, Chris, Pete, Dave, Ray, Mike, Darrell, Keith, Howard, Mia and anybody I’ve inevitably forgotten.

Online donations

A big thank you to everyone who responded to our request for donations last month. A few people have asked about the possibility of being able to donate online, and we are pleased to report that this facility in now available through Virgin Money Giving. You can donate using a credit/debit card or using a Paypal account, and if you are a UK taxpayer, there is an option to make a gift aid declaration online, enabling us to collect an additional 25% on your donation at no cost to you.

Our Virgin Money Giving page can be accessed by clicking the link HERE. We have to pay a 2% transaction fee on donations made in this way, but, if you wish to, you can cover the cost of this to ensure we receive the full amount (a £15 donation has a fee of 30p, so it is still cheaper than buying a stamp and putting a cheque in the post). Many thanks in advance for your support.

Statement regarding failure of D9009

On 03/03/2019, whilst working the return leg of the A1 Trust’s “Auld Reekie” Charter, DPS class 55 loco D9009 Alycidon appears to have suffered from a high voltage power surge, which has damaged No2 generator and all six traction motors of the fully freshly overhauled cast bogies that were being run in under Alycidon whilst D9009′s own fabricated bogies are awaiting repair.

The cast bogies are intended to help complete 55015 to mainline standards and investigations into this event (which was not a flash over but an instant arcing across the brush boxes on the TMs to the frames and 1 generator brush box to frame) are ongoing.

Initially, speaking with industry electrical experts, the voltage to damage all six motors in one strike must have been equivalent to the loco being struck by lightning. The loco at the time was travelling at around 85 mph keeping to booked time and on medium amps of around 1100. At the time of the incident a blanket ban was in place on the movement of electric traction on the route as there was an ongoing OHLE incident in place. Conditions on the day were deteriorating wind and rain.

As most Deltic enthusiasts will be aware, Alycidon has had a 100% charter delivery record over the last 8 years and it is a great disappointment that this now leaves (hopefully temporarily) no Deltic option for the immediate future on charters. We are currently working with our charter providers on the best way to resolve this particularly with Pathfinder & May 11th charter in mind.

The DPS, as always, wish to thank all those involved with and who support the society and the three locos, we hope to have Alycidon repaired as soon as possible, however, this takes time and money, which having spent since 2012 working towards and raising funds for overhauled bogies now needs a fresh appeal. Anyone wishing to donate to help the volunteers return Alycidon to service please drop a line to chairman@thedps.co.uk, your help to do this would be much appreciated.

SVR Diesel Footplate Experience with 55019

There is still chance to take charge of a ‘Deltic’ on the Footplate Experience courses with 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in May before and after the line’s diesel gala. Availability as of today (March 8th) is as follows:

May 8th – 1 place remaining only, May 13th – fully booked, May 14th/21st/22nd/23rd – spaces available.

For further details and to make a booking, please visit the Severn Valley Railway’s website by CLICKING HERE.

D9009 failure

The DPS regrets to report that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ failed while hauling ‘The Auld Reekie’ tour yesterday, which resulted in the train having to be rescued at Berwick by 67004 – our thanks go to DB Cargo for their assistance. It appears that the loco has suffered a traction motor issue and arrangements are now being made to return the loco from Doncaster to Burton. We share the disappointment of the passengers on board the train and those on the lineside. This is the first time that D9009 has been declared a failure while working a tour since its return to the main line in 2012.

D9009 on ‘The Auld Reekie’ today

It’s been touch and go, but following its FTR exam yesterday evening and final checks, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is now on its way to Edinburgh to work the return leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour back to Doncaster this evening. You can follow progress of the northbound light engine move by CLICKING HERE, while timings for the tour itself are HERE.

Following the tour, D9009 is planned to return to Burton on Monday.

D9009 to visit North Norfolk Railway

The Deltic Preservation Society, in conjunction with the North Norfolk Railway, are pleased to announce the visit of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ for four weeks in May and June with a starring role at the NNR Mixed Traction Gala on 14th-16th June. Following that event the loco will return to Barrow Hill in readiness for its next mainline tour.

ALYCIDON will arrive on Monday 13th May, following the tour with DRS on Sat 11th May, DRS are undertaking the moves both ways. Following arrival we are exploring a number of opportunities for the locomotive, including the ever popular Driver Experience Courses.

Please check both the NNR, DPS websites plus our Twitter and Instagram sites plus the DPS Facebook page and Weybourne Traction Group page, which hosts all the latest NNR Diesel News, and hopefully Deltic Deadline.

Photo courtesy of Nick Green

D9009 out on test

In preparation for its forthcoming charter train duties and following fitment of the bogies destined for ‘TULYAR’ , D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is currently out on a test run from Burton to Sheffield and back. With 31128 ‘CHARYBDIS’ in tow, D9009 is seen here at Long Eaton (photo courtesy of Graham Clarke).


DPS Annual General Meeting – Saturday 2nd March

DPS Members are reminded that the society’s AGM takes place this coming Saturday (2nd March) at the National Railway Museum, starting at 11.00. Following a break for lunch, there will be a presentation by our guest speaker starting at around 14.00. We are leased to confirm that this year’s speaker is York based photographer Barry Plues, who will be presenting a transparency show entitled ‘Deltic City’.

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