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Events this weekend : Barrow Hill and Doncaster

A reminder to everyone that a  busy weekend lies ahead for the DPS, with two major events coming upon February 8th & 9th.

Firstly, it’s the East Coast Giants event at Barrow Hill. Although the main stars are a pair of A4s, our Deltics will also be playing a prominent role at the event. There is a free bus from Chesterfield to the event and more details can be found at http://www.barrowhill.org/links/GIANTSOFSTEAM.pdf

If model railways are your thing, then the Festival of British Railway Modelling being held at Doncaster Racecourse will be a great day out. There are over 30 layouts on display, and the DPS Sales Stand will be present, so if you are attending, please pay us a visit. More information on the show can be found at https://www.model-railways-live.co.uk/Exhibitions/-5/The_Festival_of_British_Railway_Modelling/

DPS Annual General Meeting : Saturday 1st March

Issue 217 of ‘Deltic Deadline’, which was despatched earlier this week, contains formal notification of the DPS Annual General Meeting, which takes place at the National Railway Museum on Saturday 1st March. Doors open at 10.00 with the official business starting at 11.00. There will be a lunch break at around 13.00 and the day’s proceedings are expected to finish at 16.45. A full timetable will appear nearer the time.

As part of the event, there will be Museum and KOYLI visits at 10.15 and 13.15. Numbers are limited, so if you would like to book on one of these, please e-mail Peter Kennan at secretary@thedps.co.uk to reserve a place.

 

East Coast Giants event at Barrow Hill : February 8th-9th

The DPS Deltics will be taking on a starring role at Barrow Hill’s ‘East Coast Giants’ event over the weekend of February 8th & 9th which sees three A4 steam locos visiting, including the two repatriated examples, 4489 ‘DOMINION OF CANADA’ and 60008 ‘DWIGHT t D EISENHOWER’, which will be returning to Canada and the United States in the next few months.

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be on display, most likely by the bay platform, while 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be open for cab visits. We may also be able to open up a cab of D9015 ‘TULYAR’, enabling visitors to view progress in the engine room and it is also hoped to offer visits to the power unit house to small numbers of people. In addition, the ‘Deepcar’ model railway layout will be in the depot, as will the DPS Sales Stand of course. This is a very busy weekend for the society, as we also have a Sales Stand at Doncaster Model Railway Exhibition.

Entry to the event is £11.50 (in advance) and £13.50 (on the gate), with discounts for children and special rates for families. A free bus service will operate from Chesterfield station, and more details can be obtained by visiting the Barrow Hill website at http://www.barrowhill.org/links/GIANTSOFSTEAM.pdf

DPS Raffle Winners

The draw for the DPS Christmas 2013 raffle took place at our depot at Barrow Hill on January 11th. The winning ticket numbers are as follows:

1st prize (£250) – 07729

2nd prize (£100 or Bachmann model) – 11728

3rd prize (£100 or print) – 01031

4th prize (£50) – 13938

5th prize (£50) – 04594

6th prize (£50) – 09257

Please contact Graham Clarke on 07976 282396 to claim your prize. Many thanks to everyone who took part.

 

First tour for D9009 in 2014 announced

Pathfinder Tours has announced details of its next tour featuring haulage behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. The Forth Scot, which runs on Bank Monday May 5th,  will take D9009 from York to Edinburgh and back, plus round the Fife Circle (crossing the Forth Bridge). The tour will also take in a couple of diversionary routes on the way north, namely Stockton to Ferryhill and the Blyth & Tyne.

More details regarding the train can be found by visiting Pathfinder’s website at http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk . DPS members can benefit from a £5 discount on the advertised fares. A discount code for online bookings can be obtained by e-mailing DPS Secretary Peter Kennan at secretary@thedps.co.uk . Alternatively, give Pathfinder a call on 01453-835414 quoting your membership number. Please note that it is only possible to obtain one discounted ticket with each online booking – if you wish to book more than one ticket at the member’s rate, please call Pathfinder and supply all the DPS membership numbers.

Gallery Updates

The gallery covering main line workings by D9009 has been expanded this week to cover the loco’s appearance on ‘The Winter Settler’ on Saturday 28th December. Thanks go to everyone who has contributed photographs – the gallery can be found by clicking here.

A date for the diary – May 5th

Following on from last weekend’s successful outing to Carlisle, Pathfinder Tours has another proposed trip with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, running from York to Edinburgh and back, out via the Blyth & Tyne route and back ‘fast’ over the ECML. More details to follow.

Successful outing for D9009

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ completed another successful railtour yesterday. Having departed Carlisle some 56 minutes late owing to delays in getting the loco run round in Carlisle New Yard, the train arrived back at Sheffield just four minutes late, due to an very good run on the ECML which included some 100 mph running due to some excellent pathing by Network Rail control. A big thanks goes to everyone involved, in particular our friends and colleagues at Pathfinder Tours, Riviera Trains and DB Schenker.

The picture below shows D9009 at Sheffield, just before its departure back ‘home’ to Barrow Hill. We are creating a gallery of pictures from the day, if you would like to contribute, please send these to webmaster@thedps.co.uk

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D9009 arrives at Carlisle on “Winter Settler”

Following a good run over the S&C with mixed weather (sun and rain) D9009 arrived at Carlisle a few minutes early on Pathfinder’s “Winter Settler” tour, and is seen below awaiting departure to the sidings in order to run round for the return journey back to Sheffield via the Tyne Valley and East Coast Main Line.IMG_6030

The Winter Settler – Saturday 28th December

It is now less than two days until “The Winter Settler”, which is booked to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, runs. The loco is booked to leave Barrow Hill at 08.18, running to Derby where it takes over from the Class 67 which brings the train from Crewe. Timings for the light engine move can be found at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51905/2013/12/28/advanced

The tour leaves Derby at 09.46 and runs via Chesterfield and Sheffield (both pick-ups) then via Doncaster and Hambleton curve to Leeds and on to Carlisle, arriving at 14.12. Full timings for this leg are at  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51900/2013/12/28/advanced

After a break of just under 90 minutes in Carlisle, the train returns via the Tyne Valley, setting down first at York and then via Doncaster and is booked to run via Rotherham Central/Tinsley Junction/Woodburn Junction to Sheffield – new Deltic track perhaps? Timings are at  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51902/2013/12/28/advanced . At Sheffield, D9009 will be detached immediately, and the Class 67 attached to the other end of the train for departure via the ‘old road’ to Chesterfield and then on to Crewe. D9009 should return to Barrow Hill , running direct to Chesterfield first, and should be back on site before the tour passes Barrow Hill South Junction with the ’67′. Timings for the final light engine move are at  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51907/2013/12/28/advanced

Lastly, a reminder that the DPS Sales Stand will be located in coach A, and among the items on sale will the ‘The Compendium of Deltics’ new DVD from Visions International.

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