D9009 to Kingswear – Saturday 4th July

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is being hired by Pathfinder Tours for its ‘Torbay & Dart Explorer’ on Saturday 4th July. The train starts at Derby and picks up at stations in the Midlands and Cheltenham before heading for Paignton and Kingswear. This will be the first time a ‘Deltic’ has hauled a through train beyond Paignton onto the privately operated line. Other highlights include the journey along the Dawlish sea wall and a run up Lickey on the return.

More details regarding the excursion can be found on Pathfinder’s website by clicking here.

Bluebell gala news

We are pleased to advise that there will now be three days of ‘Deltic’ action at the Bluebell Railway, with the addition of Friday 17th April to the event. In addition, there will be a Deltic-hauled diner on the Friday evening, more details to follow very soon.

Volunteer’s View – Saturday 10th January

This report from last Saturday comes from Graham Clarke:

It was the Xmas raffle draw today. The results are up on a separate story on the website.

As well as the draw, 19 got it’s auxiliary generator drive shafts checked, spare power units were worked on, the container got tidied, brake valves were packed to go for repairs and I cleaned yet more switchgear. Also, yet more of the last of the dirt was removed from under 15′s no.2 end.

Among the junk in the container was a 20 pin plug and cable that connects the power unit to the electrical control cubicle on some EE locos. I don’t know how we came to have it. We did have some common parts ex 40035 years ago; maybe it came from it. It is now with the owners of D213.

2014 Christmas Raffle results

Graham Clarke writes:

The draw took place in the Depot at Barrow Hill on 10th January as planned.   It was drawn by two of our young volunteers, Beth and Tom.  The winning numbers are as follows:

1. 04042 – £250

2. 14304 – £100 (there is no name or address on this ticket stub)

3. 05205 – £100

4. 01053 – £50

5. 01907 – £50

6. 03512 – £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.  The second prize winner will need to contact me via the details in Deltic Deadline, because the ticket stub is not filled in.

£3,159 pounds worth of tickets were sold this year, which is comparable to last year, because the printing costs have fallen.  After deducting ticket printing costs and prizes, £2,397 has been raised.  This is a modest and very welcome increase on last year.  On behalf of the DPS Board, I would like to thank all those who took part in the raffle very much for their support.

Thank you also to the members who helped me with the distribution of tickets and administration.  Your help is very much appreciated.

I wish you all well for the New Year and for another exciting Deltic year ahead on the mainline and elsewhere!

D9009 & 55019 to visit Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway and the Deltic Preservation Society are pleased to announce the visit of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ for the Bluebell Railway Diesel Gala on the 18th and 19th April 2015. This will be the first time two Deltics have visited the Sussex heritage railway with both locos arriving via the Bluebell’s mainline connection at East Grinstead. A two train service will be in operation each day with the locos switching diagrams on the Sunday.

For further details please look at our websites, call the Bluebell Railway on 01825 720800 or email the Deltic Preservation Society on secretaryATthedps.co.uk

Update concerning April 11th tour

The DPS was disappointed to learn earlier this week that 52A Tours will no longer be sponsoring the repaint of ‘ALYCIDON’ into Finsbury Park style BR blue (with white cab windows), or using the loco on its tour on April 11th. As most people will be aware, the loco had already been moved to the NRM at York in readiness for repainting in February 2015 and to allow shed space at the Deltic Depot for investigation work on 55002 which is currently limited to single engine use – as always the DPS continue to assist all Deltics where reasonably possible. We feel sure you will share our disappointment in this news.

52A Tours is contacting all those who have booked on the tour regarding where they stand with their bookings. If you have any queries concerning your booking, please contact 52A Tours.

Volunteer’s View – 20/12/14

It’s been a winding down for Xmas kind of day at Barrow Hill. I’ve been with Darrell, Beth, Tom, Geoff and Ray. Beth worked on our spare power units. Darrell and Tom worked on removing brake equipment for overhaul and B Exam jobs on 19. Ray measured up where our new mess cabins will go. I sorted out the paperwork for 19′s winter maintenance and cleaned some more switch gear. Attached are a picture of 19 waiting for next season and my handy work. Merry Xmas.



SVR Deltic Footplate Experiences 2015

The Severn Valley Railway has announced the dates of the Deltic operated Footplate Experience courses which will use 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ in 2015. The courses will take place on Monday 8th June, Monday 15th June, Monday 13th July, Monday 20th July, Monday 3rd August and Monday 17th August, and there are already bookings in for each day.

The Deltic Footplate Experience Courses are priced at £375.00 and more information and details of how to book can be found at http://www.svr.co.uk/Footplate_DieselDrivingExperience.aspx

Volunteer’s View – Saturday 29th November

The latest news from Graham Clarke at Barrow Hill:

I’ve been with Darrell, Beth, Nat, Mike and Tom. Power unit’s were worked on by Beth, Darrell was working on sales items and gathering scrap to sell, Tom helped out with all sorts and visitors and Mike and I nearly finished loading pallets into the stores. Unfortunately, the fork lift went flat so we have 3 pallets left still to do next week. We’ve also had visitors today in Nick and his family and various other people who Tom showed round no.19. We’ve also have a much bigger visitor, 55002 from the National Railway Museum. Nat has been cleaning it. It’ll be in for a while, because no.9 is at York in its place. No.2 needs some engine work. I finished off with a bit more switch gear cleaning. All in all a good and productive day. Thanks to everyone for your support and hard work.

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