2022 will be the 25th anniversary of when the Deltic Preservation Society’s Class 55 No. D9015 Tulyar last turned a wheel under its own power. The society has started a major push to have this ‘forgotten’ Deltic back in running order for next year.
Its protracted overhaul, involving new bodyskin framing and panelling, has been underway for two and half decades and numerous delays and factors have conspired to push back its completion. Undoubtedly, a major impact on its completion has been the diversion of resources - limited volunteers - to maintain the DPS’ other two Deltics, D9009 Alycidon and 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier in working order. This was particularly so when both locomotives were certificated for main line work. Since 2019, a vast amount of effort has gone into returning D9009 to operational order following its serious failure in March 2019 when it was returning a railtour from Edinburgh.
Long-term DPS volunteer and board member, Pete Stojanovic, DPS Power Unit Engineer, is spearheading Tulyar’s return to working order under the leadership of Chief Engineer, Graham Clarke. Already a huge amount of work has gone into the repair of D9015. A small number of volunteers have been working steadily at Barrow Hill on the myriad of tasks checking wiring and components. Pete Stojanovic has earmarked two Napier power units for installing. A decision is waited on which bogies it will be re-united.
Once Tulyar has erupted into life, the plan is to test and run in the locomotive on a heritage railway.
However, before this happens, a main generator will require overhauling as the DPS has exhausted its float of operable generators, especially after the damaged caused to one of those on D9009 on its ill-fated railltour.
The overhaul of a main generator will cost £15,000. Tulyar is a favourite Deltic for many Class 55 fans and the DPS will be pleased to receive donations towards the overhaul costs. Do visit the Virgin Moneygiving page on the DPS website if you would like to contribute: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1016693&stop_mobi=yes
In addition, there is a special DPS Facebook page for those interested:
Pete Stojanovic commented: “We are sure there are thousands of Deltic admirers who have been looking forward to the day when this popular locomotive returns to action and I do invite those who are keen to see this happen make a donation”.