The Deltic Preservation Society Ltd
Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre
Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill Chesterfield, Derbyshire S43 2PR

Company Number: 02587015
Charity Number: 1098733

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DPS Latest News

20.01.20: 55019 to visit Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway

Please see below press release from the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway:

The GWR Diesel Department is pleased to announce that the Deltic Preservation Society’s class 55 Deltic locomotive no.55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ will be this year’s visiting locomotive at its main 2020 diesel gala event to be held over 3 days from Friday 24th July to Sunday 26th July 2020. As with last year’s visit of class 50 no.50035 ‘Ark Royal’, the locomotive will be staying at the GWR until early October, and will therefore also be a key highlight of the Autumn Diesel Weekend, this year being held on Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th September. It may also feature on occasional service train diagrams during its stay, one of which will involve a Members’ Day for DPS members.


This will be the first ever appearance of one of the iconic Deltic express passenger locomotives on the former GWR and BR Western Region cross country main line via Stratford and Cheltenham, and will provide a unique sight (as well as that unique Deltic sound) as it passes through the Cotswold scenery between Broadway and Cheltenham Racecourse.


Due to the ever increasing transport costs of moving such large locomotives by road, this is an opportunity that will probably not happen again, so will hopefully provide some historic images of this former flagship locomotive of the East Coast Main Line passing through the Cotswolds. The GWR would like to thank the DPS for its help in making this unique opportunity possible.

19.01.20: Results Christmas Draw 2019

The draw took place in the Depot at Barrow Hill on 18th of January as planned.  The winning numbers are as follows:

1. 15223 - £250

2. 11084 - £100

3. 12234 - £100

4. 11813 - £50

5. 04827 - £50

6. 04111 - £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.  If you could contact me at 07976 282396, if you have a winning ticket, it would be appreciated.

£3,702 worth of tickets were sold this year compared to £3,068 last year.  After deducting ticket printing costs and prizes, £2,920 has been raised, including some donations.  On behalf of the DPS Board, I would like to thank all those who took part in the raffle very much for their support.  It is pleasing that the raffle did much better this year than it did in 2018.

Cheques sent with raffle ticket stubs are not cashed until after the raffle is drawn.  They will be cashed as quickly as possible, but it can take a little while to find a convenient time to visit the bank, as I have a full time job as well as my DPS activities to contend with.  Your understanding is appreciated.

I wish you all well for the 2020 and for another exciting Deltic year ahead.  The coming year will be a big challenge, with a busy time for 55019, 55015 to complete and the biggest thing of all of course, returning D9009 to mainline operation.

Graham Clarke

15.01.20: Top Doncaster Works Engineer to speak at DPS AGM on March 7th

Attendees at this year’s AGM to be held at the NRM, York, on Saturday March 7 are in for a treat, for this year’s Lord Nelson Memorial Lecture speaker is a gentleman who we have been hoping to entice for some time to give us his recollections of his many years associated with the Deltics in the Plant.

Mike Crabtree will regale the audience of his life and times in the Crimpsall shops as he and his colleagues faced the daily battle to finish any work, planned or unscheduled, on the Class 55s and so get them back into service - the punctuality of the ECML depended on it! Mike was one of the organisers of that incredible and unforgettable Open Day on February 27, 1982 when enterprising Works’ staff threw open the Plant doors to allow some 8,000 people to troop in to pay their last respects to the 13 remaining Deltics, spread around the site. Come and hear how he and his friends did it! 

So, besides hearing an update on all things DPS - what a year eh? - you will be assured of some superb entertainment. Please do come along for a great day out.

Non-members are also invited to attend the Lord Nelson Memorial Lecture, which will begin at around 13.00.

10.01.20: D9009 - Repairs authorised on damaged traction motors

The DPS is pleased to advise members and supporters that, at long last, full authorisation has been received from the society’s insurer to proceed with the repair of the six damaged traction motors, sustained when a huge power surge caused the calamitous failure of D9009 last March 3.

The traction motors had been removed at Burton on Trent where D9009 has resided ever since, and a preliminary assessment had been made by the repairer, Sulzer. The work to effect a full repair can now proceed.

This is by no means the end of the problems. Discussions continue with the insurer regarding the loss of revenues (4 rail tours were lost due to D9009’s non availability) and No. 2 generator also requires remedial work.

It has just been decided to bring D9009 back to Barrow Hill from Burton-in-Trent by road transporter - it is sitting on accommodation bogies. It will be far easier and cheaper to lift out the power unit with the damaged generator at Barrow Hill to enable a swap to be made (a conditioned generator is available which will then allow the damaged one to be sent away). Also returning to Barrow Hill will be the two bogies which were under D9009 on its ill-fated railtour.

One bogie which will be staying at Nemesis’ Burton depot will be the fabricated bogie originally under No. 9 which was exhibiting signs of one of its middle wheelsets being rubbed and marked. This is to be stripped by Nemesis to try and ascertain what was causing this long-standing problem.

A large amount of Society funds is still required to repair this defective bogie and the Virgin MoneyGiving account remains open for anyone kind enough to make a donation, however, small, however, large - please CLICK HERE to donate. Thanks are given in anticipation of your generosity.

01.01.20: 55019 to visit Chinnor

The Deltic Preservation Society is pleased to announce that 55019 'ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER' will be visiting the Chinnor and Princes Railway for a short stay in March 2020. 55019 will be the first of its class to visit the Chinnor branch. The loco will be starring in the C&PRR Gala over the 3 days of March 27th/28th/29th. It will also be doing 2 Footplate Experience Days prior to this event on March 24th/25th, enquiries and bookings direct to the C&PRR. This is the first visit of a DPS loco to the Railway and we are very grateful to have been invited, please do come along to support both parties.


Please watch both websites for further updates and timings for the Gala.

31.12.19: DPS Board news

The DPS’ Mechanical Engineer, Alex Williams, has decided to move on and has left his post. Alex was so instrumental in the successful operation of our locomotives, especially D9009 which ran for seven years virtually trouble-free. Alex has been extensively involved with the aftermath of D9009’s failure on the rail tour last March 3. His Board colleagues wish him good luck in the future and hope he will remain in touch. In the meantime, Graham Clarke is acting Mechanical Engineer.

20.12.19: SVR Footplate Experience now open for bookings

Bookings are now open for the Footplate Experience courses at the Severn Valley Railway with 55019 'ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER'. Dates are as follows:

Monday 11th May ; Tuesday 12th May ; Tuesday 19th May ; Wednesday 20th May ; Sunday 31st May ; Monday 1st June

These courses always prove to be very popular, and normally sell out - so if you wish to participate, please book sooner rather than later! For more information, and to book online, please visit the Severn Valley Railway's website by CLICKING HERE.

18.12.19: 55019 to visit SVR in 2020

The Deltic Preservation Society is pleased to announce that 55019 'ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER' will be making an appearance at the Severn Valley Railway in May 2020.

The loco will be one of the stars at their May Diesel Gala and will also be doing the usual highly successful Footplate Experience days, please see the SVR website for bookings on these days and they are limited. There may also be a couple of normal service day operations.

Please see both SVR & DPS media platforms in the new year for full updates. 

07.12.19: Deltic 50 no more

Those of you who have seen 43367 in service on the ECML in the past few weeks may have noticed that the power car has lost its 'Deltic 50' nameplates which were removed at Craigentinny and are being returned to the DPS. The plates were removed in preparation for the power car being taken out of service and going off lease. It made its last runs with LNER on December 1 and has now moved to Ely for storage. The picture (right) shows it at York on its penultimate day in service.

04.11.19: 2020 visits update

Mike Hallam-Rudd advises that the DPS has seven potential visit offers for 2020. Negotiations will take place over the next few months, further updates will follow in due course.

01.11.19: New Website

Welcome to the new DPS Website. As you will have noticed, the site has undergone a major revamp and makeover, with the inclusion of a much-requested online shop, enabling you to order goods from our Sales operation. We've also expanded other sections and redesigned the galleries.

The development of the new website, which began in late 2018, has been very much a team effort. IT expert Greg Dawson has been responsible for creating the new design, David Russell has worked on the content, and Darrell Marsh has helped set up the new online shop - Darrell looks forward to receiving your orders! Among the items available is the new book "The Deltic Family: 1955-1973", which has just been published. Remember, all profits from our Sales operation go towards the ongoing preservation of our Deltics. We will be adding more content to the shop in the coming weeks as well as enlarging other areas on the site, so do keep coming back.

If you do spot any errors on the website or have any problems, please let us know and we'll do our best to resolve them as quickly as we can. Happy browsing!

31.10.19: New display area at DPS depot

Happy Halloween - while a lot of us were decorating our houses, our volunteers was doing a different kind of decorating.
We are in the process of getting a new display area up and running with thanks to Bethany Marsh for overseeing this project along with more of our volunteers. We can’t wait to see what information is coming next.

31.10.19: 55019 returning to Barrow Hill

55019 'ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER' will be returning to Barrow Hill tomorrow following its visit to the Nene Valley Railway. A GB Railfreight Class 47 will be carrying out the move and timings can be found by clicking HERE. Please remember that such moves can run early or late.

20.10.19: Additional working for 55019 at NVR

We are pleased to advise that, in a late substitution, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be operating three service trains at the Nene Valley Railway on Sunday 27th October. The NVR’s blue timetable is in operation, a copy can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Please keep an eye out here for details of any other possible workings at the NVR.

14.10.19: 55019 to work NVR ‘fish & chip’ special on October 18th

Due to the non-availability of the booked steam loco, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be hauling the Nene Valley Railway’s Fish & Chip special this coming Friday (October 18th). The train leaves Wansford at 19.00 and arrived back at 21.35.

We have been advised that, due to a cancellation, there are currently 16 spare seats on this train. To make a booking, please contract the Nene Valley Railway directly on 01780 784444 and ask for Kerry. The price is £25 per person and there is a minimum age limit of 12 years old.

11.10.19: Nene Valley roster - Saturday & Sunday

The loco roster is now available for Saturday/Sunday of this weekend’s gala at the Nene Valley Railway and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is booked to work as follows:

08.40 Wansford-Peterborough
09.20 Peterborough-Wansford
11.10 Yarwell-Wansford
11.20 Wansford-Peterborough
12.20 Peterborough-Wansford (with 37109)
14.10 Yarwell-Wansford (with 37109)
14.55 Peterborough-Wansford
15.30 Wansford-Yarwell
17.20 Wansford-Peterborough (with D8568 & 37109)
17.55 Peterborough-Wansford (with D8568 & 37109)

11.10 Yarwell-Wansford
11.20 Wansford-Peterborough
12.20 Peterborough-Wansford (with 37109)
14.10 Yarwell-Wansford (with 37109)
14.55 Peterborough-Wansford
15.30 Wansford-Yarwell
17.20 Wansford-Peterborough (with D8568 & 37109)
17.55 Peterborough-Wansford (with D8568 & 37109)

The full timetable for Saturday is HERE and Sunday is HERE.

04.10.19: Nene Valley loco roster (Friday)

Loco allocations for the Friday of the Nene Valley Railway gala have now been received, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is booked to work as follows on Friday October 11th:

11.20 Wansford-Peterborough (with 37109, Class 37 leading)
11.56 Peterborough-Wansford (with 37109, Deltic leading)
14.50 Wansford-Peterborough (with D8568, Clayton leading)
15.26 Peterborough-Wansford (with D8568, Deltic leading)

The full timetable for the day can be obtained by clicking HERE.

23.09.19: NVR Driver Experiences completed

The final driver experiences were completed on the Nene Valley Railway on Thursday/Friday 19/20 September. The loco performing well and again in stunning weather, with all participants having a good day out. Below shows 55019 on 19 September on one of the photo stops along the line. Next operating dates will be over the three day diesel gala on Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11/12/13 of October, after which the loco will return home. (Report & Pic: Stuart Page)

08.09.19: 55019 in action at NVR

Stuart Page writes:

55019′s first event since arriving at the NVR last week was the driving experiences on Thursday/Friday 5/6th September. The loco performed well and all the participants had a good day out. One professional mainline driver came out for a turn and experienced how to drive a more sophisticated nonautomated locomotive. During the two days, photo stop opportunities arose and below shows RHF near the foot crossing at Castor. Next outings again on driver experiences are on Thursday/Friday 19th/20th September.

29.08.19: 55019 now at Nene Valley Railway

55019 moved to the Nene Valley Railway on August 28th as planned, GBRf supplying a pair of its Class 47s for the transfer from Barrow Hill. Here, the convoy is seen leaving Barrow Hill, photo courtesy of Mike Hallam-Rudd.

26.08.19: 55019 prepared for Nene Valley visit

Stuart Page writes:

On 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’, final checks were concluded on Saturday with the loco moved outside and running checks carried out. Times are still to be advised but planned movement to the Nene Valley Railway is on Wednesday 28th August.

UPDATE 27/08: Timings for the move, which leaves Barrow Hill just after 12.00 and runs via Toton, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray to the NVR have now been received and can be found HERE.

The photo, by Darrell Marsh, shows the second power unit being started up.

Looking for Graham Clarke's updates from Barrow Hill? These can now be found in the new 'BLOG' section of the website (latest update 08.12.19)