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.
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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 email@example.com
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.
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.
We have a couple of new items in stock:
DVD – THE COMPENDIUM OF DELTICS
A new DVD from Visions International. This 80 minute DVD features 100% archive footage from the 1970s and 1980s. Programme sections are: Meet the Cast ; Named Trains ; Under the Wires ; Light Engines ; White Cabs ; Selby Saturday ; Tours ; King’s Cross 73/74 ; The HST Age ; Pullmans ; The Heyday.
This DVD is priced at £19.95 plus £1.50 p&p. It will also be available from the DPS Sales Stand on ‘The Winter Settler’ tour hauled by D9009 on December 28th.
DB SCHENKER CLASS 66
A Bachmann Class 66 (No. 66101) in weathered DB Schenker livery. Ideal for any modern layout. This is priced at £97.00 plus £4.50 p&p.
To order these (or any other Sales items):
1. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the items you would like and your phone number. DPS Sales will then call you back for more details and to obtain your payment details.
2. Phone Sam on 01302-888100.
3. Post your order to: DPS Sales, 18 Kempton Drive, Dunsville, Doncaster, DN7 4QA.
Finally, we would like to wish all our members, friends and supporters all the very best for the festive period.
Timings for Pathfinder’s “Winter Settler” tour featuring D9009 are now available, and we are pleased to advised that the loco will now haul the train from Derby rather than Sheffield, providing some additional ‘Deltic’ haulage in the morning. The train picks up and sets down as follows:
Crewe 07:00/23:39, Stafford 07:30/23:14, Wolverhampton 07:52/22:57, Walsall 08:09/22:41, Tamworth 08:52/22:03, Burton 09:06/21:49, Derby 09:46/21:31, Chesterfield 10:14/21:01, Sheffield 10:32/20:12.
D9009 is timed to work the train as detailed below:
Derby dep 09.46, Chesterfield 10.12/14, Sheffield 10.29/32, then via Doncaster/Hambleton/Leeds (11.31)/Skipton (12.23)/Appleby (13.32) to Carlisle arr 14.12.
Carlisle dep 15.35, then via Hexham (16.26)/Durham (17.21)/York (18.15-37)/Doncaster (19.05) to Sheffield arr 20.12.
The DPS Sales Stand will be located in coach A, and there will be a raffle on board. Anybody wishing to book on the train should do so by visiting Pathfinder Tours website at http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html or by calling Pathfinder on 01453-835414 or 01453-834477
In addition to the feature on the DPS depot mentioned a few days ago, the December 2013 issue of ‘TRACTION’ also included a feature on D9009′s performances on its recent outings. We are pleased to be able to offer members and friends the opportunity to see this article, and a pdf file can be downloaded by clicking here. Please note that this and the other feature on the DPS depot are low resolution files, and as such are not as high quality as the printed page – see http://www.atlanticpublishers.com/magazines/traction/ if you would like to obtain a printed copy.
Once again, our thanks go to the editor of ‘TRACTION’, Stephen Rabone, for allowing us to reproduce this article.
Finally, if you would like to check out D9009′s performances yourself, remember that the loco is booked power for Pathfinder’s ‘Winter Settler’ on December 28th – please visit http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html for more details or to book on the tour.
Many of you will no doubt have seen the excellent article by Trevor Bruford on the DPS depot at Barrow Hill, which appeared in issue 216 of ‘TRACTION’ magazine. We are now pleased to be able to reproduce the article here, courtesy of the magazine’s Editor, Stephen Rabone. It is published in PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking the link here .
For more details of ‘TRACTION’ magazine, including details of how to subscribe or to obtain a back copy of issue 216, please visit the magazine’s website at http://www.atlanticpublishers.com/magazines/traction/
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.
Alternatively, if you are shopping online for other presents or goods, just visit http://www.spendandraise.com/thedps/ and follow the links through to the hundreds of retailers listed – from Amazon to BHS to WH Smiths. We earn a small commission fro purchases made in this way, and it costs you nothing extra.
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 http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R37432/2013/11/08/advanced
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 http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html