Volunteers view – 23/08/14

Graham Clarke writes:

Mike, Geoff, Tom P and I have been to the SVR today. The others have been washing and trying to polish 55019 in between the heavy showers. They are good for rinsing, but that’s all. It looks nice though and it’s out next Saturday with me as travelling fitter. I’ve been testing engine temperature probes. It did not go very well and I need a more accurate heat source and a more accurate way to measure the temperature. Back to the drawing board, although the warning lights for high water temperature are working ok.

55019 running at SVR on Bank Holiday Monday

Members and other ‘Deltic’ fans are reminded that 55019 will be operating at the Severn Valley Railway on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August. The loco will work two round trips from Kidderminster, timed as follows:

09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster

Severn Valley update

It is planned that later this month, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will carry a wreath in memory of Martin Harris, former VLO for the loco, who sadly passed away last month. He was heavily involved in the loco, which was his favourite Deltic, for many years streching back to the days on the NYMR.

The wreath will be carried on an additional running day which will take place on Saturday 30th August when the loco is now rostered to work two round trips on the usual diesel turn, ie 09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster..

Working Parties at Barrow Hill

With all the recent news regarding workings at the Severn Valley and East Lancashire Railways, we must not forget the work being done on ‘TULYAR’ at Barrow Hill. Members are reminded that, in addition to the regular Saturday working parties, there are working parties on Wednesdays roughly twice a month. The next Wednesday parties are on 20th August, 3rd/17th September and 1st/15th October. Any members interested in helping out, please contact Mike Hallam-Rudd – there is plenty to do, no matter what abilities you have.

In addition, there will be a cleaning party at the Severn Valley Railway on Saturday 23rd August in advance of 55019 operating two days later. Willing helpers (with plenty of rags!) should again contact Mike Hallam-Rudd.

D9009 to join 55019 for SVR Gala

The Severn Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala, which takes place on Thursday 2nd October-Saturday 4th October, will feature D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ as well as 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ which has been visiting the line for the season. D9009 will move from the East Lancashire Railway after the gala there on 27th/28th September, and will return to the ELR with 55019 in tow in time for the East Coast weekend on 11th/12th October.

55019 to operate at ELR on November 8th

Following its summer visit to the Severn Valley Railway, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will return north via the East Lancashire Railway, where it will operate for one day only on Saturday 8th November. This is the day after D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ haules the evening ‘Diesel Diner’ (see story further down) so will provide a good weekend of ‘Deltic’ action.

The full list of running days at the ELR for the remainder of the visit reads:

Saturday/Sunday 6th/7th September (D9009 on diesel diagram), Saturday/Sunday 27th/28th September (D9009 running at Diesel Gala),  Saturday/Sunday October 11th/12th (D9009 running at ECML event), Friday 7th November (D9009 on Diesel Diner), Saturday 8th November (55019 running on Diesel Theme Day), Monday 10th November (D9009 on Diesel Footplate Experience).

Volunteer’s View – 09/08/14

Another report from Graham Clarke this week, with some progress on the society’s spare power units:

It’s been a productive day at Barrow Hill. More work has been done on fuel tanks by Mike and Tom. They are not far from completed. There are still some retaining studs missing, the engine connections to sort out and a balance pipe that’s just too short. In the power unit store, Unit 439 has been turned a little for the first time in many years. Unit 419 has been primed with oil, but is not wanting to turn yet. More oil will be pumped in next week. Hopefully it will free off once the oil soaks through. I’ve been marking up wiring diagrams with the cables that have been replaced to work out what needs testing. I’ll be starting in earnest next week. There are now some engine room light fittings too. Thanks to the midweek volunteers, Darrell, Beth and Pete.


D9009 to work ‘Diesel Diner’ at ELR on November 7th

We are pleased to announce that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be the motive power for the East Lancashire Railway’s ‘Diesel Diner’ which runs on Friday 7th November. The evening trip on board the ELR’s dining set will be accompanied by a three course meal with tea or coffee and after dinner mints. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to dine in style behind a ‘Deltic’! For more information, and for details of how to book, please see the ELR’s Dining Programme booklet which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Volunteer’s View – 02/08/14

One of our occasional reports from Barrow Hill, this time from Graham Clarke on August 2nd which shows that it isn’t all physical work on the locos:

There was only me at Barrow Hill today. Ray came for a couple of hours in the afternoon. I did some important paperwork, sold a model and marked a spare wiring diagram with all the points that are disconnected on 55015. This was done as part of re-wiring and finding the cause of poor insulation readings. I’m grateful to Charlie for keeping excellent records and passing them on when he left. I’m also going to annotate the cables that have been replaced. This will help with testing. So, steadily no.15 is moving towards the finish and the control system will start coming to life over the coming weeks.

D9009 passes Engineering Acceptance Exam

On Thursday 31 July, D9009 successfully passed it’s annual Engineering Acceptance Exam yesterday to allow the loco to run on Network Rail Controlled Infrastructure for the next 12 months. The loco was also run up on both engines all was found to be well.

The DPS would be pleased to hear from any tour promoters or other parties interested in hiring D9009 for use on the main line, please see http://thedps.co.uk/reference/loco-hire/ for more information and contact details.


D9009 undergoing its exam at the ELR. (Alex Williams)


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