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.

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