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D9009 unavailable for ‘The Waverley Re-Union’

The DPS regrets to advise that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will not be available to haul ‘The Waverley Re-Union’ tour from Birmingham to Tweedbank on January 5th 2019. This is a disappointment for all involved, and the first occasion that D9009 has had to be pulled from a charter commitment since its return to the main line in 2012. The loco requires a bogie exchange, which will have to be followed by re-certification, essential for continued main-line running. Unfortunately, the workshop time required to complete the necessary work means we are unable to guarantee the loco’s availability for the tour.

Replacement motive power has been identified, and agreed, with the train’s operator (DB Cargo) and Network Rail, in the form of Class 50s, provided by our friends at the Class Fifty Alliance (CFA).

Pathfinder will be contacting those who have booked on this tour in the next few days. If you are happy with the change of motive power you need do nothing – your Boarding Pass(es) will be sent to you, as usual, during the week before the excursion runs. However, if you would prefer to cancel because of the lack of ‘Deltic’ motive power please contact the Pathfinder Office.

Looking ahead, we are aiming to return D9009 to service in time to work the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust tour on March 3rd 2019, and Pathfinder plans to run another excursion hauled by ‘ALYCIDON’ on May 11th 2019. Full details will be released later in December.

Another successful outing for D9009

D9009 completed another successful trip today, working Pathfinder’s ‘Deltic Deviator’ tour from York to Carlisle and back, covering a number of traditional Deltic diversionary routes (the Durham Coast, Blythe & Tyne and Newcastle to Carlisle) and returning via the Settle & Carlisle line. The picture below shows the train at Appleby on the return working during a photo-stop/leg stretch. D9009 is returning to Willington on the rear of the tour and then to Nemesis Rail at Burton.

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‘The Deltic Deviator ‘ – Saturday 29th September

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to run light engine from Barrow Hill to York tomorrow (Friday 28th September), in readiness for its appearance at the head of Saturday’s Pathfinder tour, ‘The Deltic Deviator’ to Carlisle via a variety of traditional Deltic diversionary routes. Departure from Barrow Hill is scheduled at 11.20 and full timings can be found by clicking HERE.

Full details concerning the trip, along with confirmed pick-up and set-down times can be found on Pathfinder’s website on THIS PAGE. A Class 68 will haul the morning/evening legs between Willington and York and full timings for the trup can be found at the following links: OUTWARD / RETURN . We look forward to seeing many of you on board or at the lineside.

October 7th tour postponed to 2019

Please note that the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s ‘Auld Reekie’ tour from Doncaster to Edinburgh on Sunday October 7th and featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on the southbound leg, has been postponed and will now run on March 3rd 2019. For further information concerning the postponement, please see the Tornado repair update on the A1SLT’s website by clicking HERE.  Full details concerning the trip can be found here HERE.

D9009 returns to Barrow Hill

Following its run from Newcastle to King’s Cross at the head of the A1 Steam Loco Trust’s ‘Talisman’ railtour, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ returned to Barrow Hill from Wembley yesterday. The photo below, kindly supplied by Alisdair Anderson, shows the loco at Biggleswade on its way back north.

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The Waverley Re-Union – Saturday January 5th 2019

Pathfinder Tours has announced details of the first ‘Deltic’ hauled railtour of 2019, which will see D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ running as D9007 ‘PINZA’ on ‘The Waverley Re-Union’ tour to Tweedbank, marking the 50th anniversary of the colsure of the Waverley route. The last train, which was hauled by ‘PINZA’ (hence the renumbering/renaming for the day), ran 50 years ago to the day on January 5th 1969.

Pick-ups for the tour are Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington BQ, Wigan NW, Preston and Carlisle. For full details and to make a booking, please visit Pathfinder Tours’ website by CLICKING HERE.

D9009 on ‘The Talisman’

Despite a slightly late start from Newcastle, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ arrived at King’s Cross a few minutes early with the southbound leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour, ‘The Talisman’ this evening. The picture below, kindly supplied by Andrew Watts, shows the loco on ‘home territory’ after arrival at King’s Cross.

D9009 is due to return from Wembley to Barrow Hill tomorrow afternoon, and booked timings for this move can be found HERE.

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‘The Talisman’ – Saturday 15th September

This coming Saturday sees D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ work the southbound leg of ‘The Talisman’  railtour which runs from King’s Cross to Newcastle and back. Organised by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the tour was originally scheduled to feature 60163 ‘TORNADO’ on the northbound journey, but with the loco not yet back in traffic, A4 60009 ‘UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA’ will now be use – a ‘number 9′ in each direction! Further information regarding to tour, which still had a small number of seats available a few days ago, can be on the A1 Steam Loco Trust’s website HERE.

D9009 is booked to leave Barrow Hill for Newcastle light engine mid-morning on Saturday and timings for this can be found HERE. The return leg of the tour leaves Newcastle at 17.47, setting down at Peterborough (20.37), Stevenage (21.23), Potters Bar (21.46) and King’s Cross (22.09). Full timings are HERE.

The Deltic Deviator – September 29th

Pathfinder Tours have advised that First Class seating on this tour  with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is now fully booked. There are still a limited number of seats available in First Class Plus and Premier Dining, and under 40 seats in Standard Class. For full details regarding the trip round various routes in the north of England, please visit Pathfider’s website by clicking HERE.

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