News – 16/06/11

D7076 – Update
“Maybach MD 870 Power Unit no.870145 has been successfully fitted to our Hymek D7076 at Castlecroft TMD this week.

Ironically it would appear that this was D7017’s original ‘as new’ engine and the last loco it was fitted to and subsequently removed in 1972 was D7018 which of course both locos are preserved on the West Somerset Railway.

After the Team had enjoyed a quite awesome (if not slightly damp) long weekend at the West Somerset Railway’s Gala playing out with D832 Onslaught and other forms of traction (Many thanks to the very sociable DEPG & WSR boys and Girls!!), it was all hands to the pumps from Monday morning onwards.

Monday saw the engine removed off it’s ‘industrial use’ Generator skid and original Hymek loco-type mounting feet fitted; turbos and exhaust had also been removed. The engine room had also been prepared with a little Mr Muscle citrus spray!!

Tuesday was the Big Lift day however several moves of the power unit and stand were necessary to get the crane close enough to the loco to plonk it in. After removing Western Prince out of hibernation to give us space, we finally lifted the engine into D7076 at about 7pm (and there was much rejoicing later in the pub!)

Wednesday has seen the laborious task of connecting the power unit pipework, cardan shaft, engine mounts, wiring etc etc, and up to now we are well on with progress.

We hope that by the end of play Thursday(16th June) to have ran the power unit (albeit without Turbos yet) Touch wood we will reach fully rebuilt stage within a week and a few test runs up the Heywood section of the East Lancs Railway before release to traffic.

Our aim is still to have the loco serviceable for the July Gala, so fingers crossed! Many thank to all that have helped out so far, and in advance for those who are not bored yet 🙂

Best regards, The Bury Hydraulic Group”

Photos from Martin Tottle

Latest News from Deltic 22 and 16
As many will be aware, 55 022 the only mainline certified ‘Deltic’ locomotive has been kept extremely busy over recent months, regular operation is beneficial in keeping all mechanical and electrical parts working. The highlight for many was definitely the GB Railfreight ‘Alcan’ North Blyth to Lynemouth trains, which ‘Royal Scots Grey’ operated for over 5 weeks, and the only problems encountered were replacing 2 engine room light bulbs. A real testament to the time and effort our dedicated volunteer team spend maintaining the loco, which travelled to Northern Rail’s Heaton depot each Sunday during the duration of this work for the necessary examination and servicing. The loco departed from her East Lancashire Railway home at Bury on 10th April and returned light engine from Lynemouth on Thursday 21st April, after working that mornings Alcan train to work the previously planned trains at the railway’s ‘Deltics – 50 Years’ event. Both 55 022 and D9016 worked all trains as planned and the event was well attended, so much so that an even bigger celebration of the Deltics 50th birthday year has been planned for later in the year!! After receiving a Fitness To Run exam late on Easter Monday evening, 22 returned to North Blyth next day to resume hauling 21 ‘PCA’ type wagons.

After completing her time at North Blyth, 55 022 ran light engine to Bo’ness, travelling via Carlisle on Wednesday 19th May to be in position to work SRPS Railtour’s North Berwick to Kyle of Lochalsh charter the following weekend. Whilst at Bo’ness a 4 Yearly examination was completed, thanks to the assistance of the SRPS diesel group allowing use of their excellent facilities. 22 made her visit to the scenic Kyle line with a sell out train and the loco performed superbly, during the day, a phone call was received from GB Railfreight, enquiring about the availability of the loco the next day. This lead to ‘RSG’ travelling light engine to Fort William immediately after arriving back at Bo’ness Junction with the empty SRPS coaches from North Berwick, travelling via Craigentinny for fuel. The next afternoon, 12 empty ‘Alcan’ tanks were hauled to Mossend Yard on the 6E45 regular operation to North Blyth, surely ranking amongst 2011’s most remarkable trains, 22 then returned light to Bo’ness. The huge interest generated by the regular North East freight workings saw ‘Royal Scots Grey’ featured on the BBC’s Breakfast show on Monday 30th May and also a fantastic feature in the next morning’s Yorkshire Post newspaper, as well as great coverage in the railway press.

The loco remained at Bo’ness to work the SRPS Railtours overnight train to Wick and Thurso, which is planned to leave Linlithgow late in the evening of Friday 17th June. This is the third attempt for 55 022 to travel over the Far North lines, the first was on the Railway Touring Companies ‘Autumn Highlander’ back in September 2006, when the catastrophic failure of engine number 413 lead to the loco being removed from the train at Edinburgh. The other occasion was the SRPS previous overnight Far North tour on 22nd and 23rd June 2007, which was operated by 40 145 as engine repairs to the Deltic were not completed in time. So hopefully it will be third time lucky!! It is then planned for ‘RSG’ to run light engine to West Coast Railway’s Carnforth depot on Sunday 19th June where she will stable overnight. Continuing on to Barrow Hill next morning to collect the Class 40 Preservation Society’s D335, after repairs at Harry Needle’s workshops, both locos will then return home to the East Lancashire Railway.

Once at Bury 55 022 is due to receive the annual engineering examination, essential for ongoing mainline operation, as well as work another of the extremely popular E.L.R. footplate experience days on 27th June. The first weekend of July should see both ‘Royal Scots Grey’ and ‘Gordon Highlander’ play their part in the railways summer diesel gala, D9016 has been maintained at Bury and continues to receive minor improvements. Repairs to the bodywork have been delayed until 2012, so the loco can play its part in this year’s special events, at this stage other operating dates for both locos at the E.L.R. have not been finalised. 22’s next planned mainline operation is from Doncaster to Paignton on July 9th, this Spitfire tour being sold out over a month before running. Unless any unexpected work arises for 22, we have the pleasure of a restful month, with the next planned mainline tour also for Spitfire running from Crewe to Fort William on Wednesday August 10th. GB Railfreight’s staff train follows on Saturday 20th August starting at Peterborough heading for Kings Cross and on to Weston-Super-Mare. A charity fundraising train the next day is currently being considered; should this become a reality details will be available soon. September 3rd see’s this year’s first trip for Pathfinder with a railtour to Weymouth from Crewe and hopefully the 10th of September should see us heading for Glasgow Central for Retro Railtours. Other railtours for the rest of the year should soon be planned and it would be nice to add 1 or 2 more to our diary.

Co-operation with the National Railway Museum and Deltic Preservation Society should see 2 remarkable events take place in October, celebrating the Deltics 50th year. It is hoped that all the remaining production Deltics will be together with the prototype for the first time at the N.R.M.’s Shildon annexe over the weekend of 8th and 9thOctober, with 55 022 planned to collect all the Class 55’s except ‘Tulyar’, which is arriving at the event by road. After this weekend, 55 022 should haul D9016 back home to Bury, joined by 55 002, D9009 and 55 019. The second ‘Deltics – 50 Years’ event at the East Lancashire Railway is planned for Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October, when an intensive all Deltic hauled service is planned. It is hoped that the E.L.R. will also offer a chance to drive a Deltic and also a staged photo shoot. ’55 022 should then return the visiting Deltics back to York and Barrow Hill, details of both of these events will be advised in due course.

Our sales department has been kept busy as we have recently introduced many new items, including vinyl Deltic number stickers, mini data panels for most BR Classes, and Visions International’s ’55 022 – Third Age Restarted’ DVD, which features ‘RSG’s activities between October 2007 and the 3 day 50th birthday train ran in March with Spitfire Railtours. Plans for the future include our own full colour books focussing on Deltics in BR days and since preservation, sales form a great part of our fundraising with all profits helping to maintain and operate 55 022 and D9016.  Up to date information regarding both locomotives can be found on line at www.royalscotsgrey.com

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Posted June 16, 2011 by presgen in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News