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D9009 performance article in ‘TRACTION’ magazine

In addition to the feature on the DPS depot mentioned a few days ago, the December 2013 issue of ‘TRACTION’ also included a feature on D9009′s performances on its recent outings. We are pleased to be able to offer members and friends the opportunity to see this article, and a pdf file can be downloaded by clicking here. Please note that this and the other feature on the DPS depot are low resolution files, and as such are not as high quality as the printed page – see http://www.atlanticpublishers.com/magazines/traction/ if you would like to obtain a printed copy.

Once again, our thanks go to the editor of ‘TRACTION’, Stephen Rabone, for allowing us to reproduce this article.

Finally, if you would like to check out D9009′s performances yourself, remember that the loco is booked power for Pathfinder’s ‘Winter Settler’ on December 28th – please visit http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html for more details or to book on the tour.

 

D9009 returning to Barrow Hill tomorrow

Following its visit to London Midland’s depot at Tyseley for tyre turning with Class 40s D335 and 345, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ is booked to return to the DPS depot at Barrow Hill tomorrow. The convoy is due to leave Tyseley at 10.26 and run via Derby to Barrow Hill, arriving at 12.19. The Class 40s will then continue back to the East Lancashire Railway, where 345 should be in action on the diesel diagram on Saturday. Full timings for the move with D9009 and the two 40s can be found at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R37432/2013/11/08/advanced

Members of the DPS engineering team have been busy today preparing D9009 for tomorrow, and the picture below shows Alex Williams and Stuart Page at Tyseley in front of the loco. Thanks go to Ben Williams for the picture.

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Lastly, a reminder to everyone that D9009′s next booked outing is on December 28th, when it will be used on Pathfinder’s ‘Winter Settler’ railtour – for more information, and to book, please see http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html

D9009 undergoes tyre turning at Tyseley

D9009 ‘Alycidon’ ran as planned yesterday, hauling the Class 40 Preservation Society’s D335 from the ELR to Barrow Hill before the pair ‘hitched a lift’ behind another Class 40, 345, to Tyseley. This was 345′s first main line outing for three years, and we wish our colleagues in the CFPS the best of luck for future main line operations with the ‘Whistler’ which looks stunning in its early 1970s colour scheme.

Earlier this afternoon, D9009 was put on the wheel lathe at Tyseley for tyre turning. The pictures below, courtesy of David Ruddick, show firstly the loco waiting its turn:

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The loco moved onto the wheel lathe later, as seen below:

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All three locos are due to return north on Friday 8th November, with 345 providing traction again. D9009 will be dropped off at Barrow Hill, with the two Class 40s then returning to their base at the East Lancs Railway. The convoy is due to leave Tyseley at 10.26 and full timings are available at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R37432/2013/11/08/advanced

D9009 move to Tyseley – November 4th

D9009 ‘Alycidon’  is scheduled to leave the East Lancashire Railway on November 4, when it will haul the Class 40 Preservation Society’s No. D335 to Barrow Hill, where the pair will join up with No. 345, all three locos then running to Tyseley for tyre turning. This leg will be hauled by No. 345, which is making its first main line outing for over three years – a welcome return of a Class 40 to the main line.

D9009+D335 are booked to leave Castleton on the ELR at around 08.00 on Monday, arriving at Barrow Hill at 10.52. The pair of locos, hauled by 345, should then depart for Tyseley at 13.40, arriving at 16.40. Full timings can be found at:

(ELR-BH) http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R37430/2013/11/04/advanced

(BH-TS) http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R37431/2013/11/04/advanced

 

D9009 in action at ELR with D9016 tomorrow

Following its move earlier this week from the Severn Valley Railway, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ should be in service at the East Lancs Railway tomorrow, sharing the diesel diagram with D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’, this being the second weekend running where there is the opportunity to ride behind two Deltics. D9009 is booked to operate in the morning, with D9016 taking over for the afternoon runs. More details regarding the day’s activities can be found on the Royal Scots Grey website at http://royalscotsgrey.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/friday-saturday-at-the-e-l-r/

D9009 movement SVR to ELR – Monday 7 October

Following its appearance at the Severn Valley Railway for the line’s diesel gala, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ is due to head north to Bury tomorrow, in readiness for its use alongside D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’ on a Driver Experience Day on Friday 11 October. D9009 will be ‘dead in tow’ on this move, which will be hauled by the NRM’s 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ – 55002 will continue with D6700 back to York after dropping off D9009 (and 37109) at the ELR.

The convoy is due to leave Kidderminster on the SVR at 09.12, arriving at Castleton at 14.52 prior to moving on the the ELR. 55002 will then return to York. Full timings can be found at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U50699/2013/10/07/advanced

Thanks to everyone who supported the Severn Valley Railway gala, the picture below shows D9009 in action on the 12.59 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth on October 5th after emerging from Bewdley Tunnel. Thanks go to David Griffiths for supplying the photo.

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Severn Valley Railway gala

The Severn Valley Railway’s diesel gala starts on Thursday and runs for three days, with D9009 ‘Alycidon’ participating on Friday and Saturday. Booked workings for the loco are:

FRIDAY: 12.37 Kidderminster-Bewdley, 13.35 Bewdley-Kidderminster, 14.35 Kiddermister-Bridgnorth, 16.54 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

SATURDAY:11.05 Kidderminster-Bewdley, 11.56 Bewdley-Kidderminster, 12.59 Kiddermister-Bridgnorth, 16.06 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster , 18.25 Kiddermister-Bridgnorth, 20.20 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster

Other ‘Deltic’ action will be provided by the NRM’s 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ on all three days, and full details of KOYLI’s workings and the full loco roster can be downloaded from http://www.svr.co.uk/pdf/Gate%20Leaflets/DieselGala%202013%20final.pdf

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The picture above shows D9009 at Kidderminster on the SVR, shortly after its arrival on September 17th. (Stuart Page)

D9009 – “The Winter Settler” Saturday 28th December

We are pleased to advise that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ has been hired by Pathfinder Tours to work “The Winter Settler” tour to Carlisle on Saturday 28th December. Subject to availability, the loco will haul the train from Sheffield to Carlisle and back, outward via the S&C and return via the Tyne Valley and ECML. The tour starts at Crewe, and will be hauled via the Midlands by a Class 67 to/from Sheffield, with D9009 running light engine from Barrow Hill to Sheffield to take over the tour.

For more details, and to book on the tour, please visit the Pathfinder Tours website at http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html

D9009 moves to Severn Valley

Following its appearance at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway diesel gala last weekend, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ took the two visiting Diesel Hydraulics, D821 ‘GREYHOUND’ and D1062 ‘WESTERN COURIER’, back to the Severn Valley Railway today. The picture below shows the convoy at Shipton, north of York.

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D9009 will remain at the Severn Valley for the line’s Diesel Gala, which is on October 3-5. The loco will be operating on two of the days (October 4 and 5), and details of its booked workings will follow shortly.

D9009 reaches Whitby on members day

The DPS members day, this year held as part of the NYMR Diesel Gala, saw D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ break new ground with a run to Whitby, the fourth Deltic to appear at the North Yorkshire resort. Unfortunately, the run to Battersby had to be curtailed just after Egton owing to a bridge bash by a road vehicle which also caused services between Middlesbrough and Whitby to be cancelled. The train had to return to Whitby, from where D9009 was able to take up the remainder of its booked diagram.

The photo below shows D9009 shortly after arrival at Whitby after hauling the 09.45 ex Grosmont.

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The bridge bash is not expected to have an impact on the return of the convoy (D9009 hauling D821 ‘Greyhound’ and D1062 ‘Western Courier’) which is due to take place on Tuesday, departing Grosmont at 06.38. Full timings are available at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U50712/2013/09/17/advanced

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