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“The Talisman” tour re-dated

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour from King’s Cross to Newcastle and back on July 21, which features D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ as power for the return leg, has been postponed due to impacts caused by the prolonged hot weather and restrictions on operating steam locomotives on the national network. It will now run on Saturday September 15th and D9009 is still booked to haul the tour between Newcastle and London.

As a result of the change of date, some seats are now available on this tour which was previously fully booked. For full details concerning the trip, please CLICK HERE.

Volunteer’s View – June 16th/17th 2018

Two reports from Graham Clarke…


Another cracking day today. It started with a bit of work at Barrow Hill on a traction motor terminal board I’ve refurbished and rebuilt and refitted to 55015.

I then went to Doncaster courtesy of a lift from Mike. From there I acted as travelling fitter on D9009 to Newcastle and then Tyne Yard for stabling. The loco was working the Driver Albert Gilmour Memorial charter from Newcastle to London and back. Albert drove Deltics and hence the tribute to a remarkable man. May you rest in peace. Thank you to his son Marcus for arranging the tour and for using D9009 from the Deltic Preservation Society to haul it. Thanks to my colleague Mick for his help today.


D9009 is safely back at Barrow Hill following the run back from Tyne Yard (see pic below). Everything has worked OK yesterday evening and today. I heard a number of positive comments. Thank for those.

I would just like to thank our drivers: Joe, Colin, Keith and Andy. And my fellow fitter Mick P.

Thanks also to Barrow Hill’s Mervyn, Paul and Jim for getting us on shed this afternoon.


A fantastic day!

We are sure that everyone on board ‘The Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ with 52A Tours today will agree that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a great performance on the run from Newcastle to London and back. The pictures below show the train north of Hitchin on the outward leg (courtesy of Tim Summers) and at King’s Cross prior to departure north.



Below: Job done…D9009 stands in Tyne Yard this evening (Graham Clarke). The loco returns to Barrow Hill tomorrow – see HERE for timings.


D9009 heading north

In readiness for tomorrow’s outing from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back. ‘The Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ being run by 52A Tours, D9009 is running north from Barrow Hill to Tyne Yard today (you can track the move HERE). The picture by Pete Stojanovic below shows the loco at Barrow Hill prior to departure.


Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter – full times

Finalised timings for the return leg of The Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter this coming Saturday (June 16th) have now been released and these are as follows: King’s Cross dep 15.23, Doncaster 17.53/58, York 18.49/52, Darlington 19.34/37, Durham 19.58/20.01 Newcastle (replace D9009 with 670xx) 20.17/21.00, Edinburgh 22.40.

For more info on the train, please see

D9009 is booked to travel light engine from Barrow Hill to Tyne Yard on Friday June 15th, times HERE. Times for the short moves between Tyne Yard and Newcastle on Saturday morning/evening are HERE and HERE. Times for the tour itself can be found at these links: OUTWARD ; RETURN

Here’s to a fantastic day!

Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter – update

52A Tours have advised that postal bookings for the tour on Saturday June 16th will close this weekend (Saturday June 9th). Online booking will still be available – DPS members should book at full fare and your £5 discount will be refunded on the day. Please visit for full details and to book.

Validated outward timings have now been released, departure times from the pick-ups are: Linlithgow 04.35, Edinburgh 05.15, Newcastle 07.18, Durham 07.34, Darlington 08.07, York 09.06, Doncaster 09.38, King’s Cross arr 12.23.


Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter – June 16th

52A Tours advise that they are still awaiting confirmed timings from Network Rail. For the time being, it is suggested that customers work from the estimated times, and allow some flexibility either side of those for the stations where they are boarding. Tickets are planned to be sent during the week commencing Monday June 4th, and final timings will be advised as soon as they are received.

Some seats remain available on this very special outing with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ to King’s Cross, which picks up at Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York and Doncaster. For full details, please visit the 52A Tours website by CLICKING HERE. Please note that DPS members who wish to obtain a £5 discount on advertised fares (one discounted ticket per member) will need to book by post.

Volunteer’s View – May 26th/27th 2018

The latest from Graham Clarke:

Last Saturday and Sunday at Barrow Hill it was all hands to D9009 working on completing the annual C Exam. The underside and bogies were steam cleaned by Geoff. The second bogie was re-blocked by Dave, while Mike helped out and then greased the bogies (all 96 grease points). Dave then removed the securing nuts and lifted the radiator grills ready for steam cleaning on Sunday. Inside Pete and I were checking over and cleaning all the electrical machinery, including the main and auxiliary generators and all the auxiliary machines for making air, vacuum and traction motor cooling. The load regulators and master controllers were also checked.

The radiators and depot gutters were steam cleaned on Sunday by Ray and Darrell.

Thanks very much to you all. Work will carry on next Friday and Saturday.

D9009 charter train update

With D9009 currently planned to be out once each month between June and October, here is a summary of its booked outings:

Saturday 16th June – The Albert Gilmour Memorial tour: 52A Tours advise that there are still some seats available on this trip, featuring ‘ALYCIDON’ from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back – over 500 miles of Deltic haulage on the ECML. Pick-ups are Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York and Doncaster. Full details, and an online booking facility, are available HERE, although DPS members who wish to obtain a £5 discount on advertised fares (one discounted ticket per member) will need to book by post – a downloadable booking form is HERE.

Saturday 21st July – The Talisman: This A1 Steam Locomotive Trust charter from King’s Cross/Potters Bar/Peterborough to Newcastle and back, using 60163 ‘TORNADO’ on the outward leg and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on the return, is now fully booked.

Saturday 25th August – The Deltic Retro Scot III: Retro Railtours’ 10th anniversary tour, taking D9009 on a circular tour from Huddersfield, Marsden, Stalybridge, Manchester, Wigan and Preston to Edinburgh, out via the WCML and back to York via the ECML is now open for online bookings – full details HERE. DPS members can obtain a £5 discount (one per member) by using the postal booking form downloadable HERE.

Saturday 29th September – The Deltic Deviator: A Pathfinder trip from Willington, Ilkeston, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Moorthorpe and York, taking in various Deltic diversionary routes, along with a break in Carlisle and journey over the S&C. The train is currently around half full. Full details and online bookings can be found HERE. Like the 52A and Retro trips, DPS members can benefit from a £5 reduction on the advertised fares on this tour. To obtain the discount, please book direct with the Pathfinder Office (by post, phone or fax) giving your names/DPS membership number(s) of each person you are booking for and a discount of £5 will be given per member.

Sunday 7th October – The Auld Reekie: Another tour from the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust using ‘TORNADO’ and ‘ALYCIDON’, this time from Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds and York to Edinburgh. Steam northbound and Deltic hauled from Edinburgh to Doncaster. Further details can be found HERE.

“Deltic Retro Scot III” – DPS Members Priority Booking

Retro Railtours will shortly be opening bookings for its 10th Anniversary Railtour, “The Deltic Retro Scot III” on Saturday 25th August, which will take D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on a circular outing from Huddersfield/Marsden/Stalybridge/Manchester/Wigan/Preston to Edinburgh, out via the WCML and back to York via the ECML (then Class 67 hauled York-Preston in the evening). We are pleased to advise that the tour is now open for DPS member bookings by post/cheque – there is a £5 discount available on the advertised fares for members booking via this method (ie discounted to £84 Standard, £124 First, £210 Premier dining). Please note one discounted ticket per member only, and remember to include names/membership nos. on the booking form – non-members can be included in your booking, but they must pay the full fare. Retro Railtours will do its best to accommodate DPS members in the front coaches, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For a flyer with further details and a booking form, please CLICK HERE.

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