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New DPS Sales Catalogue available

With Christmas around the corner, why not take a look at the new DPS Sales Catalogue which has just been released? We have a number of new items including D9009 travel mugs and tins of sweets and there are plenty of other items which would make ideal presents. The catalogue can be downloaded by clicking here.

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D9009 returning to Barrow Hill tomorrow

Following its visit to London Midland’s depot at Tyseley for tyre turning with Class 40s D335 and 345, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ is booked to return to the DPS depot at Barrow Hill tomorrow. The convoy is due to leave Tyseley at 10.26 and run via Derby to Barrow Hill, arriving at 12.19. The Class 40s will then continue back to the East Lancashire Railway, where 345 should be in action on the diesel diagram on Saturday. Full timings for the move with D9009 and the two 40s can be found at

Members of the DPS engineering team have been busy today preparing D9009 for tomorrow, and the picture below shows Alex Williams and Stuart Page at Tyseley in front of the loco. Thanks go to Ben Williams for the picture.


Lastly, a reminder to everyone that D9009′s next booked outing is on December 28th, when it will be used on Pathfinder’s ‘Winter Settler’ railtour – for more information, and to book, please see

D9009 undergoes tyre turning at Tyseley

D9009 ‘Alycidon’ ran as planned yesterday, hauling the Class 40 Preservation Society’s D335 from the ELR to Barrow Hill before the pair ‘hitched a lift’ behind another Class 40, 345, to Tyseley. This was 345′s first main line outing for three years, and we wish our colleagues in the CFPS the best of luck for future main line operations with the ‘Whistler’ which looks stunning in its early 1970s colour scheme.

Earlier this afternoon, D9009 was put on the wheel lathe at Tyseley for tyre turning. The pictures below, courtesy of David Ruddick, show firstly the loco waiting its turn:


The loco moved onto the wheel lathe later, as seen below:



All three locos are due to return north on Friday 8th November, with 345 providing traction again. D9009 will be dropped off at Barrow Hill, with the two Class 40s then returning to their base at the East Lancs Railway. The convoy is due to leave Tyseley at 10.26 and full timings are available at

D9009 move to Tyseley – November 4th

D9009 ‘Alycidon’  is scheduled to leave the East Lancashire Railway on November 4, when it will haul the Class 40 Preservation Society’s No. D335 to Barrow Hill, where the pair will join up with No. 345, all three locos then running to Tyseley for tyre turning. This leg will be hauled by No. 345, which is making its first main line outing for over three years – a welcome return of a Class 40 to the main line.

D9009+D335 are booked to leave Castleton on the ELR at around 08.00 on Monday, arriving at Barrow Hill at 10.52. The pair of locos, hauled by 345, should then depart for Tyseley at 13.40, arriving at 16.40. Full timings can be found at:




‘Tulyar’ lift at DPS depot

Following the arrival of a new set of bogies for D9015 ‘Tulyar’ last week, the loco was lifted at the DPS depot yesterday to enable its worn bogies to be removed and also to allow work to continue on the traction motor cabling. It will also permit more underside work to be carried out.  The loco now stands on a set of jacks in the DPS depot.

In the photo below, supplied by Graham Clarke, three of those involved in the lift (Alex Williams, Graham Clarke and Ray Ekins) stand in front of the loco after a hard day’s work.


New bogies obtained for ‘Tulyar’

The DPS is pleased to announced that a set of cast bogies, which it is hoped will be capable of 100 mph operation after overhaul, have been acquired from CF Booth at Rotherham and arrived at Barrow Hill earlier today. The bogies, which will be put under D9015 ‘Tulyar’ in due course, have been exchanged for a scrap pair which have been sent away for scrap.

The pictures below show delivery of the new items, which are very important in completing the overhaul of D9015. Special thanks go to the Barrow Hill team for their support and assistance.

Arriving from Booth’s scrapyard.


After unloading.


Stood outside the DPS depot after being shunted across.

D9009 in action at ELR with D9016 tomorrow

Following its move earlier this week from the Severn Valley Railway, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ should be in service at the East Lancs Railway tomorrow, sharing the diesel diagram with D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’, this being the second weekend running where there is the opportunity to ride behind two Deltics. D9009 is booked to operate in the morning, with D9016 taking over for the afternoon runs. More details regarding the day’s activities can be found on the Royal Scots Grey website at

D9009 movement SVR to ELR – Monday 7 October

Following its appearance at the Severn Valley Railway for the line’s diesel gala, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ is due to head north to Bury tomorrow, in readiness for its use alongside D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’ on a Driver Experience Day on Friday 11 October. D9009 will be ‘dead in tow’ on this move, which will be hauled by the NRM’s 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ – 55002 will continue with D6700 back to York after dropping off D9009 (and 37109) at the ELR.

The convoy is due to leave Kidderminster on the SVR at 09.12, arriving at Castleton at 14.52 prior to moving on the the ELR. 55002 will then return to York. Full timings can be found at

Thanks to everyone who supported the Severn Valley Railway gala, the picture below shows D9009 in action on the 12.59 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth on October 5th after emerging from Bewdley Tunnel. Thanks go to David Griffiths for supplying the photo.


Severn Valley Railway gala

The Severn Valley Railway’s diesel gala starts on Thursday and runs for three days, with D9009 ‘Alycidon’ participating on Friday and Saturday. Booked workings for the loco are:

FRIDAY: 12.37 Kidderminster-Bewdley, 13.35 Bewdley-Kidderminster, 14.35 Kiddermister-Bridgnorth, 16.54 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

SATURDAY:11.05 Kidderminster-Bewdley, 11.56 Bewdley-Kidderminster, 12.59 Kiddermister-Bridgnorth, 16.06 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster , 18.25 Kiddermister-Bridgnorth, 20.20 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster

Other ‘Deltic’ action will be provided by the NRM’s 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ on all three days, and full details of KOYLI’s workings and the full loco roster can be downloaded from


The picture above shows D9009 at Kidderminster on the SVR, shortly after its arrival on September 17th. (Stuart Page)

“Barrow Hill Live” this weekend – September 28/29

This weekend sees the “Barrow Hill Live” event taking place, and there will be plenty to see for Deltic followers. A guest Deltic, in the form of the NRM’s 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’, will be present, as well as our own D9015 ‘Tulyar’ undergoing restoration and 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’. The DPS depot will house a modern traction layout, ‘Deepcar’, and there will be a 5″ gauge model of the prototype DELTIC on display.

For those coming by public transport, there will be a free bus service from Chesterfield station, as well as a train service covering the connection into the event (price £6 return, plus admission). For more details, please see download the flyer at

In addition, if you are in the area on the evening of Friday September 27th, why not join the Deltic enthusiasts who are having an informal get-together at the Corner Pin pub in Doncaster from around 6pm onwards.

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