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New D9009 gallery

D9009 had a successful weekend at the ELR on March 8th & 9th, undertaking all its booked workings at the diesel gala alongside the ELR’s home fleet. A gallery has been created to cover the loco’s workings on the line and and be found by clicking here.



D9009 at Castlecroft on March 9th. (Stuart Page)

D9009 works ELR Driver Experience

Having run light engine from Barrow Hill to Bury yesterday, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ undertook its first duty of 2014 at the ELR today, when it was employed on a Driver Experience course. The pictures below were taken by Stuart Page:




Some of the team who enjoyed the Driver Experience take their pictures as D9009 runs round at Heywood.



D9009 stands at Ramsbottom, ready for the final run of the day back to Bury.

For more information regarding the East Lancashire Railway’s Diesel Driver Experience courses, please visit


Timings for D9009 on Thursday 27th February

Timings have now been received for D9009′s light engine movement from Barrow Hill to the East Lancashire Railway on Thursday. Outline details are as follows:

Barrow Hill dep 10.20, Chesterfield arr 10.45/10.50 then via Edale, Romiley, Reddish North, Ashburys (12.07) and Brewery Curve  to Castleton (arr 12.49/dep 12.53) and then on to the ELR.

As is always the case with light engine movements, please remember that the train could run early or late.

D9009 move to Bury

Movement of D9009 to the East Lancashire Railway for its visit is expected to take place on Thursday 27th February, leaving Barrow Hill around 10.30. More details should be available in the next few days.

D9009 to visit the ELR for most of 2014

The DPS is pleased to announce that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be moving to the East Lancashire Railway, where it will be outstationed for most of the 2014 season, later this month. The visit will enable ongoing work to be completed on a railway with a main line connection where it can then be tested both in traffic and if necessary at higher speeds. It also makes the loco much more accessible for the DPS Mechanical Engineer who lives at Warrington.

D9009 is planned to move from Barrow Hill to Bury during the week commencing February 24th, and its first passenger workings at the ELR will be during the line’s Spring Diesel Gala on March 8th and 9th. Planned workings at the event will be:

Saturday March 8th:

09.35 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 10.56 Rawtenstall-Heywood (d/h with 50015), 12.05 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 19.55 Rawtenstall-Heywood. The last of these workings is as part of the ‘beerex’ which will be worked by D335 and D9009 top and tail.

Sunday March 9th:

10.25 Heywood-Rawtenstall, 11.46 Rawtenstall-Heywood (d/h with D335), 13.05 Heywood-Bury (d/h with 37109), 14.30 Bury-Rawtenstall (d/h with 37324), 15.26 Rawtenstall-Bury (d/h with 50015).

A full timetable/loco roster for the event will be available shortly.


First tour for D9009 in 2014 announced

Pathfinder Tours has announced details of its next tour featuring haulage behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. The Forth Scot, which runs on Bank Monday May 5th,  will take D9009 from York to Edinburgh and back, plus round the Fife Circle (crossing the Forth Bridge). The tour will also take in a couple of diversionary routes on the way north, namely Stockton to Ferryhill and the Blyth & Tyne.

More details regarding the train can be found by visiting Pathfinder’s website at . DPS members can benefit from a £5 discount on the advertised fares. A discount code for online bookings can be obtained by e-mailing DPS Secretary Peter Kennan at . Alternatively, give Pathfinder a call on 01453-835414 quoting your membership number. Please note that it is only possible to obtain one discounted ticket with each online booking – if you wish to book more than one ticket at the member’s rate, please call Pathfinder and supply all the DPS membership numbers.

A date for the diary – May 5th

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.

Successful outing for D9009

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


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