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D9009 to haul ‘The Welsh Central Liner’ on June 17th

We are pleased to announce another tour that will be hauled by D9009 this year. ‘ALYCIDON’ will now haul Pathfinder Tours’ “Welsh Central Liner”, a circular trip from Burton and pick-ups in the Midlands plus Cheltenham/Gloucester/Chepstow which then travels over the scenic Central Wales line after which there will be a late afternoon break in Shrewsbury before returning via the Welsh Marches to Chepstow and, ultimately, Burton. This tour was originally advertised to be hauled by D1015 ‘WESTERN CHAMPION’, which is no longer available due to suffering an engine problem last month. We wish our friends in the Diesel Traction Group all the best in returning the loco to full working order.

Full details regarding the tour, which is now open for bookings, can be found on Pathfinder’s website by CLICKING HERE.


The Hull and Leeds Executive – more information

Further to the preliminary information provided a few days ago, Pathfinder Tours has now announced full details about ‘The Hull and Leeds Executive’ tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on Saturday May 6th. The tour starts at Willington behind a Class 68, which will haul the train to Hull, picking up at Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Swinton, Wakefield Kirkgate and Leeds. D9009 will then take over for the run to London, via Selby, Doncaster, the diversionary route via Gainsborough, Lincoln and Spalding to Peterborough and the Hertford Loop to King’s Cross where there will be a break. The return leg will hopefully be a fast one using the ECML (a 100 mph path has been requested) back to Leeds, from where the Class 68 will return the train to Willington.

More details can be found on the Pathfinder Tours website by CLICKING HERE. We look forward to seeing many of you on board this excursion over classic Deltic routes.

D9009 returns to York

Following its visit to Crewe, where it was displayed at the DRS Gresty Bridge Open Day, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ returned to York NRM on July 27. Here the loco is seen a Colton Junction, just a few miles short of its destination.


Times for D9009 move on 27.07.16

Timings for tomorrow’s light engine movement of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Crewe to York NRM have now been advised. The loco is expected to leave Crewe around 09.00, and the planned route is via the Lichfield Curve, Derby, Chesterfield, Beighton, Swinton and Church Fenton, arriving at York NRM. For full timings, and to keep watch of progress on the day, please see


D9009 on display at Crewe

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ was a popular exhibit at Direct Rail Services’ Open Day at Crewe Gresty Bridge today and the DPS Sales Stand was conveniently located near the loco. We had been hoping to be able to allow cab visits but this did not prove possible, apologies to anyone who was disappointed.

D9009 is expected to return to York on Wednesday 27th July – no timings as yet but we hope to be able to confirm details soon.

The picture below shows D9009 posed alongside another English Electric favourite, D213 ‘Andania’.CBH1

D9009 at DRS Crewe Open Day on July 23rd

A reminder to everyone that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be one of the star attractions at Direct Rail Services’ Open Day at Crewe Gresty Bridge on Saturday 23rd July. The loco will be open to the public and the DPS Sales Stand will also be in attendance. The site is open from 10.00 to 16.00 – for more information please download the poster by CLICKING HERE.

D9009 to star at DRS Crewe Open Day

We are pleased to advise that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be one of the guest locos on display at the DRS Open Day at Crewe Gresty Bridge depot on Saturday 23rd July. Entry to the event is £5 – for more details, please visit


04/07/16 York-Grosmont (to collect D213 Andania)

05/07/16 Grosmont-Crewe

‘Alycidon’ puts in a great performance on ‘Deltic Borderer II’

Graham Clarke writes:

Well, what a day!

• Edinburgh and Tweedbank.
• Great to see our Society President Neville and his wife looking well at Tweedbank.
• Lovely Borders scenery with fierce gradients that really made D9009 work.
• A couple of hours in Edinburgh with sunshine.
• A few minutes late away from Edinburgh on the way back to York, but 10 early into York after a barnstorming 100mph performance from ‘ALYCIDON’. Not bad for a 55 year’s old locomotive.
• Voyager in the background at Newcastle to show the contrast in trains proper and the state of ‘progress’.
• Pulled up alongside a new 68 called “Rapid” at York – how appropriate.
• And two birds had a really bad day, one in both directions (Durham again). But, no smashed head code box this time!
• I can’t wait for the next time.
•.Thanks to DBS, Pathfinder, caterers, Riviera, all my DPS colleagues, everybody else I know from today and the rest of those who pay the fares to fund our endeavours.


Hitting the magic 100 mph. (Graham Clarke)


Approaching Stow on the way to Tweedbank. (Alexander Cromarty)


The tour’s destination is reached. (Graham Clarke)

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