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DPS Members Day 2013 – NYMR

The Society’s Members Day will take place on September 14th this year at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway during the line’s Diesel Weekend, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The NYMR’s first Diesel Gala took place in 1983, and D9009 ‘Alycidon’, which was one of the locos which appeared at that event, will be returning to the line for the weekend. It will be joined by D821 ‘Greyhound’ (another former NYMR resident) and D1062 ‘Western Courier’ from the Severn Valley Railway, plus 31128 ‘Charybdis’ and Classes 08, 24, 25 and 37 from the home fleet.

D9009 will run on all three days of the gala (September 13th-15th). On Members Day, the Saturday, the loco will run to Battersby – if you are a DPS member, please see the next ‘Deltic Deadline’ or check back here nearer the time for further details. We look forward to seeing many of you at the NYMR, which was the society’s first home when 55009 and 55019 were saved in 1982.

D9009 ‘Alycidon’ to appear at ELR ‘End of Steam’ event

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ should be running at the East Lancashire Railway this coming weekend (July 27/28) as part of the line’s ’1968 End of Steam Festival’ which marks 45 years since the British Rail operated its last main line steam trains. D9009 will be working alongside two other green diesels, Class 40 No. D335 and Class 47 No. D1501 and steam locos 47324, 44871, 45407, 49395, 70013 and 80080.

D9009 is booked to work the following trains:

Saturday July 27: 09.30 Bury-Heywood, 10.00 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 12.00 Rawtenstall-Ramsbottom, 12.55 Ramsbottom-Bury, 13.15 Bury-Rawtenstall, 14.05 Rawtenstall-Heywood, 15.30 Heywood-Bury.

Sunday July 28: 08.35 Bury-Rawtenstall (banked by steam), 10.25 Rawtenstall-Bury, 11.25 Bury-Ramsbottom (piloting 70013), 12.55 Ramsbottom-Bury, 13.50 Bury-Ramsbottom, 14.45 Ramsbottom-Rawtenstall, 16.50 Rawtenstall-Bury.

For the full timetable and loco roster, please see http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/End-of-Steam-Event-Public-V1.0.pdf

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ should be running at the East Lancashire Railway this coming weekend (July 27/28) as part of the line’s ’1968 End of Steam Festival’ which marks 45 years since the British Rail operated its last main line steam trains. D9009 will be working alongside two other green diesels, Class 40 No. D335 and Class 47 No. D1501 and steam locos 47324, 44871, 45407, 49395, 70013 and 80080.

D9009 is booked to work the following trains:

Saturday July 27: 09.30 Bury-Heywood, 10.00 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 12.00 Rawtenstall-Ramsbottom, 12.55 Ramsbottom-Bury, 13.15 Bury-Rawtenstall, 14.05 Rawtenstall-Heywood, 15.30 Heywood-Bury.

Sunday July 28: 08.35 Bury-Rawtenstall (banked by steam), 10.25 Rawtenstall-Bury, 11.25 Bury-Ramsbottom (piloting 70013), 12.55 Ramsbottom-Bury, 13.50 Bury-Ramsbottom, 14.45 Ramsbottom-Rawtenstall, 16.50 Rawtenstall-Bury.

For the full timetable and loco roster, please see http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/End-of-Steam-Event-Public-V1.0.pdf

Sales item of the week – Bachmann model of D9011

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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ELR Diesel Gala

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

Another successful tour for ‘Alycidon’

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.

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Sales item of the week – Limited Edition print “Deltic at Durham”

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.

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Swanage success for 55019

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.

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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.

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