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Statement regarding failure of D9009

On 03/03/2019, whilst working the return leg of the A1 Trust’s “Auld Reekie” Charter, DPS class 55 loco D9009 Alycidon appears to have suffered from a high voltage power surge, which has damaged No2 generator and all six traction motors of the fully freshly overhauled cast bogies that were being run in under Alycidon whilst D9009′s own fabricated bogies are awaiting repair.

The cast bogies are intended to help complete 55015 to mainline standards and investigations into this event (which was not a flash over but an instant arcing across the brush boxes on the TMs to the frames and 1 generator brush box to frame) are ongoing.

Initially, speaking with industry electrical experts, the voltage to damage all six motors in one strike must have been equivalent to the loco being struck by lightning. The loco at the time was travelling at around 85 mph keeping to booked time and on medium amps of around 1100. At the time of the incident a blanket ban was in place on the movement of electric traction on the route as there was an ongoing OHLE incident in place. Conditions on the day were deteriorating wind and rain.

As most Deltic enthusiasts will be aware, Alycidon has had a 100% charter delivery record over the last 8 years and it is a great disappointment that this now leaves (hopefully temporarily) no Deltic option for the immediate future on charters. We are currently working with our charter providers on the best way to resolve this particularly with Pathfinder & May 11th charter in mind.

The DPS, as always, wish to thank all those involved with and who support the society and the three locos, we hope to have Alycidon repaired as soon as possible, however, this takes time and money, which having spent since 2012 working towards and raising funds for overhauled bogies now needs a fresh appeal. Anyone wishing to donate to help the volunteers return Alycidon to service please drop a line to chairman@thedps.co.uk, your help to do this would be much appreciated.

D9009 failure

The DPS regrets to report that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ failed while hauling ‘The Auld Reekie’ tour yesterday, which resulted in the train having to be rescued at Berwick by 67004 – our thanks go to DB Cargo for their assistance. It appears that the loco has suffered a traction motor issue and arrangements are now being made to return the loco from Doncaster to Burton. We share the disappointment of the passengers on board the train and those on the lineside. This is the first time that D9009 has been declared a failure while working a tour since its return to the main line in 2012.

D9009 on ‘The Auld Reekie’ today

It’s been touch and go, but following its FTR exam yesterday evening and final checks, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is now on its way to Edinburgh to work the return leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour back to Doncaster this evening. You can follow progress of the northbound light engine move by CLICKING HERE, while timings for the tour itself are HERE.

Following the tour, D9009 is planned to return to Burton on Monday.

D9009 to visit North Norfolk Railway

The Deltic Preservation Society, in conjunction with the North Norfolk Railway, are pleased to announce the visit of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ for four weeks in May and June with a starring role at the NNR Mixed Traction Gala on 14th-16th June. Following that event the loco will return to Barrow Hill in readiness for its next mainline tour.

ALYCIDON will arrive on Monday 13th May, following the tour with DRS on Sat 11th May, DRS are undertaking the moves both ways. Following arrival we are exploring a number of opportunities for the locomotive, including the ever popular Driver Experience Courses.

Please check both the NNR, DPS websites plus our Twitter and Instagram sites plus the DPS Facebook page and Weybourne Traction Group page, which hosts all the latest NNR Diesel News, and hopefully Deltic Deadline.

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Photo courtesy of Nick Green

D9009 out on test

In preparation for its forthcoming charter train duties and following fitment of the bogies destined for ‘TULYAR’ , D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is currently out on a test run from Burton to Sheffield and back. With 31128 ‘CHARYBDIS’ in tow, D9009 is seen here at Long Eaton (photo courtesy of Graham Clarke).

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D9009 test run – February 27th 2019

Following its bogie swap at Nemesis Rail’s Burton depot and completion of associated work, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to undertake a test run to Sheffield with 31128 tomorrow afternoon. Planned timings for the move can be found HERE and HERE.

New tours featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’

Pathfinder Tours has now announced details of two exciting new trains which are booked to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. The first, “The Harrogate & Humber Deltic Reprise”, takes place on Saturday May 11th and will see D9009 re-visit some traditional Deltic haunts. Starting at Willington and heading to York, it will traverse in the Harrogate circle before heading for King’s Cross and, after a break, returning north to Cleethorpes. More information on this trip can be found HERE.

The following month, on Saturday June 29th, D9009 will be heading off route onto former Great Western Railway territory when it hauls the annual ‘Mazey Day Cornishman’ excursion. The train starts at Tame Bridge Parkway and has various pick-ups between Birmingham and Bristol. For full details, please click HERE.

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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