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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graham Clarke writes:
A busy day on Saturday. My first job was getting D9009 started, checked over, handed over to the Driver, Paul Lindley, and away from Burton on Trent Wetmore Sidings by 02:32. Thanks to Nemesis Rail, Mike and Paul.
Later in the day, Ray, Steve and I mostly put up the stairs to our upper office cabin. This wasn’t my plan, but the weather was fine, so it was best to make good us of it.
Thanks to everyone involved in running the Deltic Retro Scot 3 Tour. I have seen some fantastic photos of the train.
D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a great performance on Retro Railtours’ 10th Anniversary special, the ‘Deltic Retro Scot 3′, from Huddersfield to Edinburgh at the weekend, ctouching the magic 100 mph on a number of occasions on both the West Coast and East Coast Main Lines. A big thank you to our service crew who took it in turns to ride on and look after the loco (with an 02.32 departure from Burton, it was a long day, requiring several shifts) and also the team on board who ran the sales stand and raffle.
D9009 returned to Barrow Hill from York on Sunday morning, and its next planned outing is on the return leg of the A1 Steam Loco Trust’s on September 15th.
The picture below shows D9009 at Craigentinny, where the loco was fuelled and the coaching stock serviced.
In readiness for Saturday’s railtour, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to run light engine from Barrow Hill to Nemesis Rail’s Burton depot tomorrow afternoon. Please note that owing to the Derby blockade, the move is via Alfreton, Toton and Castle Donnington.
D9009 leaves Burton for Huddersfield with the tour ECS early on Saturday morning. Full timings for the ‘Deltic Retro Scot III’ to Edinburgh can be found HERE (outward) and HERE (return). Upon arrival at York on the return leg, D9009 is planned to run light engine back to Barrow Hill.
Retro Railtours has advised that the confirmed pick-up and set-down times for its 10th anniversary tour from Huddersfield to Edinburgh with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ are as follows:
Huddersfield (05.55/21.40), Marsden (06.19/21.55), Stalybridge (06.46/22.17), Manchester Vic (07.05/22.39), Wigan NW (07.58/23.15), Leyland (08.15/23.36), Preston (08.27/23.45), Edinburgh (12.05/16.40). There will also be a set down at York at 20.09. (where D9009 will be replaced by a Class 67 for the remainder of the journey back to Preston).
Please note that in standard class, only a handful of individual seats remain – anyone wishing to book one of these is advised to call Retro Railtours on 0161 330 9055. There are still a limited number of seats for groups of two or more in first class and these can be booked online by visiting www.retrorailtours.co.uk
Retro Railtours advise that seats are still available in all three classes on this circular tour behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Huddersfield to Edinburgh, celebrating the 10th anniversary of this promoter. However, only a handful of seats remain in premier dining, so please book quickly if you would like one (or more) of these. Remember, DPS members can obtain a £5 discount on the advertised fares if booking by post using the form HERE.
For full details regarding this train, please visit Retro Railtours Website.