D9009 on ‘The Swanage Belle’

With an almost complete rake of blue/grey coaches, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ has been in action today on Pathfinder Tours’ ‘Swanage Belle’ charter from Burton-on-Trent to the south coast.

UPDATE 22/10/17: Timings for today’s move back from Burton to the NRM can be found HERE.

The picture below, by Henry Thomas, shows the loco during the set-down at Cheltenham Spa earlier this evening on the return journey back to Burton.

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The Swanage Belle – Saturday October 21st

Although online advance bookings for this train hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ have now closed, Pathfinder Tours have advised that they still have seats remaining in all classes – anyone wishing to travel who has not already booked should go along to the Buffet coach [labelled D] to buy tickets (cash only). Pick-up and set down points are Burton (04.30/23.15), Birmingham NS (05.15/22.40), Stourbridge Junction (05.40/22.10), Kidderminster (05.55/21.55), Droitwich Spa (06.20/21.40), Worcester SH (06.30/21.20), Cheltenham Spa (07.00/20.30), Stroud (07.20), Cam & Dursley (20.10).

The outward run is via Swindon, Reading avoider and Winchester, returning via Salisbury, Westbury and Bath Spa. For full timings showing the full route, please see the pages on Open Train Times HERE (outward) and HERE (return). We would welcome any pictures for inclusion on the DPS Website, please send these to webmasterATthedps.co.uk .

Volunteer’s View – October 14th 2017

Graham Clarke is back at Barrow Hill…

It was back to normal at Barrow Hill last Saturday after the celebrations last weekend at the fabulous, friendly Bluebell Railway.

55019 got partly cleaned and will be finished over the next week or two. It’s a devil of a job to get off, if you leave it. Thanks to Geoff and Mike.

Nat and her boyfriend carried on refurbishing interior parts for the cab of 55008. They are looking really good. Thanks to both of you.

Pete carried on with rewiring 55015’s cab and exterior lighting. Thanks Pete.

I was a bit delayed and ended up working with our fabricator on new fuel tank connections for 55015. Some have got broken or have disappeared down the years. This went well and we managed to successfully bend some new pipes to the right radius using our hydraulic pipe bender. Bend it a little bit, move it a small amount forwards and bend it again works best. You eventually build up the required radius in small increments. Trying to bend it in one go just buckles the pipe. The first jacking pocket door Steve has sorted out and fitted looks brilliant, especially now it has the catches fitted.

Thanks Ray for preparing to alter our lifting frames tomorrow. This should facilitate easier lifting operations in the future.

40 years of the DPS article

Deltic followers may be interested to know that the October issue of Rail Express magazine contains a 4 page feature on 40 years of the DPS, including a selection of photos through the years (from 1982 to 2017). See the magazine’s website HERE.

D9009 – forthcoming tours

Below is a summary of tours advertised to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’

Saturday 21 October “The Swanage Belle: Pathfinder trip taking D9009 from Burton and the Midlands/Severnside to Bournemouth and the Swanage Railway. Seats still available, full details HERE.

Saturday 30 December “The Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise”: Relive the trips of December 1981 with this  Pathfinder tour using D9009 from York to Liverpool and back. **£5 discount on tickets for DPS members – CLICK HERE for more details**

Saturday 21 July “The Talisman”: New tour! D9009 should haul the return leg of this A1 Steam Loco Trust. The tour is from King’s Cross to Newcastle and uses 60163 Tornado on the outward leg, providing a day of classic ECML power. Bookings are being handled by UK Railtours, more information HERE.

Bluebell Postscript

Mike Hallam-Rudd writes…

I would just like to thank all of those who have helped the Society in recent months to get our locos and D9002 ready for this prestigious event which went off without one single hitch. Many people played a part in this event, from those in the background who just got on and did what needed doing, to those in the front seat who showed what the 3 locos could do 35 years after retirement, a credit to ALL who look after them and supported them and the team. Many thanks to all including Darrell and his team of merry volunteers who turn up at all events they can to raise the cash so the engineers can spend it, enabling the jobs to be done.

If you missed the event, well I am sorry but you missed a marvellous weekend. If you have not visited the Bluebell then I would strongly recommend a visit, a lovely line with some well restored period rolling stock and loco’s in beautiful surroundings.

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(55019 at Horsted Keynes during the event on 07/10/17)

Return move from Bluebell Railway

There’s just one day left of our 40th Anniversary event at the Bluebell Railway, we hope that everyone who has attended so far has had an enjoyable time.

The return convoy leaves the Bluebell early on Monday morning, with the NRM’s D9002 in charge, heading for Burton (where D9009 will be dropped off, in readiness for The Swanage Belle tour on October 21st) and then to Barrow Hill (to detatch 55019), after which D9002 continues to York. Full timings can be found HERE.

DPS40 at Bluebell – nearly there!

The DPS 40th anniversary event is almost upon us, and the Society looks forward to seeing many members and Deltic followers at the Bluebell Railway over the next three days. Our friends at the Bluebell have been busy promoting the gala, there has even been an advert on Uckfield FM, which you can listen to HERE. The Bluebell’s latest press release regarding the event can be found HERE.

As a reminder, the full timetable with loco allocations for each day can be downloaded HERE, and detailed loco diagrams are also available for D9002 and D9009/55019. We are also pleased to advise that there will also be some miniature Deltic action (7 1/4″ gauge) at Sheffield Park!

Convoy move now at Bluebell

Today’s convoy move featuring D9002, D9009 and 55019 has now arrived at the Bluebell Railway, ready for this weekend’s gala, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Deltic Preservation Society. D9002 hauled D9009 from the NRM to Barrow Hill, where 55019 was collected prior to continuing south. The photo below shows the move early this morning, a few minutes after leaving York.

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55019 update

Stuart Page writes:
Work on 55019 came to a triumph conclusion today with the completion of the 2016/17 maintenance plan and C exam. The examination of the locomotive for the transit move to the Bluebell was also undertaken ready for the move this week on Wednesday 4th October and returning on Monday 9th October. I wish to thank all our volunteers and board members who have been involved with me leading this project since returning from the Epping and Ongar railway last year. It has at times being a very gruelling intense work schedule but without you we wouldn’t have been able to celebrate our 40th year. A big thankyou to you all.
The photograph was taken Saturday evening after the final running checks in the main yard at Barrow Hill.
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