This week, we highlight a recent new model from Bachmann, namely that of D9011 in 1961 condition prior to naming and application of yellow warning panels. The model comes in weathered condition. It is available from DPS Sales priced at £85.00 plus £7.50 postage and packing (sent via Royal Mail ‘Signed For’ service). You can order from DPS Sales, 18 Kempton Drive, Dunsville, Doncaster, DN7 4QA (please make cheques payable to DPSCS), or by phoning Sam on 01302-888100. The model will also be on sale/available for collection at the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway diesel gala on July 26-28, where the DPS Sales Stand will be in attendance.
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D9009 ‘Alycidon’ is planned to be used on Sunday July 7th at the ELR’s diesel gala. Subject to final confirmation (as changes have had to be made due to non-availability of locos), D9009 should work the following services:
10.44 Bury-Ramsbottom, 11.34 Ramsbottom-Bury, 14.30 Bury-Rawtenstall, 16.16 Rawtenstall-Heywood, 17.25 Heywood-Bury.
On Friday and Saturday, 55022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’ will be in use (including working a ‘Diesel Diner’ on Friday evening), the loco having arrived back at the ELR on Sunday 30th June. The full event timetable and roster can be found by following the link at http://www.elrdiesel.info/events.php
D9009 ‘Alycidon’ had another successful trip on Saturday when it powered Pathfinder’s ‘Mazey Day Cornishman’ from Tame Bridge Parkway to Penzance and back – the first time the loco has ever been this far south, and becoming only the second Deltic to venture into Cornwall. The tour ran over 50 minutes early at one point on the return, although regulation for service trains around and north of Bristol meant this was lost by the time the train arrived back at Tame Bridge.
Below are a couple of photos of the tour at its destination, Penzance.
The DPS has available a Limted Edition Print entitled “Deltic at Durham” by John Austin, featuring 55009 ‘Alycidon’ in BR blue with white cab window surrounds. It is priced at £39 plus £6.50 postage/packing. Please send any orders to: DPS Sales, 18 Kempton Drive, Dunsville, Doncaster, DN7 4QA. Please make cheques payable to DPS Commercial Services Ltd.
The DPS will have a Sales presence on tomorrow’s tour taking D9009 ‘Alycidon’ from Tame Bridge Parkway to Penzance and back. Those of you travelling on the train may like to take a look at the sales brochure for the day which can be found at http://delticps.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/29thjune2013.pdf
We look forward to seeing many of you on the day.
55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ spent three days operating at the Swanage Railway between May 10th and 12th as part of the railway’s annual diesel gala/beer festival, which was the second gala outing for one of our locos this year. D9009 ‘Alycidon’, which was used to haul a convoy of visiting locos to/from the event, also made a static appearance at the event, being open for cab visits, enabling people to see the loco with its newly-fitted GSM-R equipment.
55019 also operated the diesel diagram at the Swanage Railway on May 18th prior to departing, with 31466, 33108 and 37521, behind D9009 for Didcot.
The picture below, courtesy of Andrew P M Wright, shows the convoy, which ran from Barrow Hill via the Dean Forest Railway to collect the Class 31, on the Swanage Railway on May 3rd.
One special guest we had at the event on May 11th was Mark Collins, one of the co-presenters of the ‘Trainspotting’ series on Discovery Channel. He was attending the gala to promote it on his show on local radio station Wave 105. Mark also received a guided tour of 55019′s engine room by Stuart Page, who took the photo below.