Retro Railtours will shortly be opening bookings for its 10th Anniversary Railtour, “The Deltic Retro Scot III” on Saturday 25th August, which will take D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on a circular outing from Huddersfield/Marsden/Stalybridge/Manchester/Wigan/Preston to Edinburgh, out via the WCML and back to York via the ECML (then Class 67 hauled York-Preston in the evening). We are pleased to advise that the tour is now open for DPS member bookings by post/cheque – there is a £5 discount available on the advertised fares for members booking via this method (ie discounted to £84 Standard, £124 First, £210 Premier dining). Please note one discounted ticket per member only, and remember to include names/membership nos. on the booking form – non-members can be included in your booking, but they must pay the full fare. Retro Railtours will do its best to accommodate DPS members in the front coaches, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For a flyer with further details and a booking form, please CLICK HERE.
In preparation for this weekend’s forthcoming ’40s@60′ event, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ took three Class 40s (D200, D213 ‘ANDANIA’ and 40012 ‘AUREOL’ to the East Lancashire Railway today, plus 47765 from Ruddington. In the picture below, the convoy is seen at Colton South Junction after collecting the locos from the GCR(N), Barrow Hill and the National Railway Museum.
D9009, along with 50015 ‘VALIANT’, will be providing a supporting ‘EE’ role alongside the five operational Class 40s at the ELR this weekend (D200 will be appearing in a static capacity). Full details regarding the event, with a timetable/loco roster, can be found HERE . Do join us and everyone else involved for what should be a fantastic weekend!
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has announced details of another tour on the ECML featuring both ‘TORNADO’ and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. “The Auld Reekie” is scheduled to run from stations in Yorkshire (Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds and York) to Edinburgh on Sunday 7th October, with D9009 hauling the southbound leg of the train. Full details regarding the trip can be found on the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s website by CLICKING HERE.
Following work on its air tanks, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be leaving Burton tomorrow morning (April 9th), collecting several locos on its journey to the East Lancashire Railway in readiness for next weekend’s “40s@60″ event, celebrating 60 years of the EE Class 40s.
D9009 will first run to the GCR(N) at Ruddington to collect a Class 47 which is moving to the ELR, then pay a brief visit to Barrow Hill where 40012 ‘AUREOL’ and D213 ‘ANDANIA’ will be added to the convoy. Then its up to York to collect D200 before heading to Bury where the locos should arrive just before 20.00.
Booked timings for the movements can be found at these links: Burton to GCR(N) ; GCR(N) to Barrow Hill ; Barrow Hill to York NRM ; York NRM to ELR. Obviously, the moves tomorrow are quite complex, and there is the possibility they could run early or late. The links to the Open Train Times site above should provide ‘live’ train information on progress on the day.
52A Tours are now accepting online bookings for the ‘Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Newcastle to Kings Cross and back on Saturday June 16th, although DPS members who wish to obtain a £5 discount on advertised fares should continue to book by post in order to receive the discount. Full details regarding the tour are HERE and an postal booking form can be downloaded HERE.
As of today, there is just one compartment remaining in the FK (Compartment First) vehicle, and there are still some seats in First Class and Standard Class.
More details regarding this event at the East Lancashire Railway on April 13th-15th, at which D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be providing a supporting role, have now been released. Full details regarding fares (with an advance booking discount) can be found HERE and the full roster/timetable can be downloaded HERE.
The weekend’s workings for D9009 are summarised below:
FRIDAY 13TH APRIL – 10.06 Bury-Heywood, 10.35 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 11.46 Rawtenstall-Bury, 14.14 Bury-Ramsbottom, 15.02 Ramsbottom-Bury, 16.04 Bury-Ramsbottom, 16.52 Ramsbottom-Bury.
SATURDAY 14TH APRIL – 09.00 Bury-Rambottom, 09.37 Ramsbottom-Bury, 12.36 Bury-Heywood (with 40106), 13.15 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 14.26 Rawtenstall-Heywood.
SUNDAY 15TH APRIL – 09.00 Bury-Rawtenstall, 09.37 Rawtenstall-Bury, 10.44 Bury-Rawtenstall, 11.32 Rawtenstall-Bury, 12.24 Bury-Rawtenstall, 13.22 Rawtenstall-Bury, 14.55 Heywood-Rawtenstall.
As announced at the DPS Annual General Meeting on Saturday, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is planned to run to from the National Railway Museum to Nemesis Rail at Burton on Wednesday 7th March, where it have its air tanks re-certified prior to returning to the DPS depot at Barrow Hill. Leaving York at lunchtime, expected timings for the move can now be found HERE.
52A Tours advise that ‘tables for two’ in First Class are now fully booked, and First Class accommodation in compartments is now in very limited supply. Seats remain available in Standard Class and First Class (Open) vehicles. For more details concerning this tour, which features haulage behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back, please visit 52A Tours’ website by clicking HERE. Remember, if you are a DPS member, you can obtain a £5 discount on the advertised fares (one discounted ticket per member).
We are pleased to announce that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is due to appear at the East Lancashire Railway’s ’40s @ 60′ event on April 13-15. The event, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Class 40s, should feature five members of the Class in action, with the three residents (40106/135/145) from our friends at the Class 40 Preservation Society being joined by 40012 and D213. Pioneer D200 will be hopefully on display. D9009 and 50015 ‘VALIANT’ will be providing English Electric support. For more details, please visit the ELR Website by CLICKING HERE.
Pathfinder Tours has now released full details of its next tour featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, which will run on Saturday 29th September. The tour will take D9009 over various diversionary routes – the Durham Coast, Blyth & Tyne and Tyne Valley – as well as the scenic Settle & Carlisle line on the return journey. The tour starts, Class 68 hauled, at Willington, and picks up at Ilkeston, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Moorthorpe and York where D9009 takes over for the journey north.
Full details regarding ‘The Deltic Deviator’ can be found HERE. We are pleased to advise that DPS members can benefit from a £5 reduction on the advertised fares on this tour. Please note that this discount cannot be applied to bookings made online, and it will not be possible to issue refunds once a booking has been made. To obtain the discount, please book direct with the Pathfinder Office (by post, phone or fax) giving your names/DPS membership number(s) of each person you are booking for and a discount of £5 will be given per member (note – this is valid for members only and there is one £5 discount per membership number).
Post - Pathfinder Tours, Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5EZ. A printable booking form can be obtained by CLICKING HERE. Phone – Tel (01453) 835414 or (01453) 834477. Fax – (01453) 834053.