A full roster for the ELR Diesel Gala on March 8th & 9th, which features D9531, 33109, 37109, 37324, D335, 345, D1501 and 50015 in action as well as D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, has now been released by the ELR. More details regarding the event can be found at http://www.elrdiesel.info/events.php and the timetable/roster can be downloaded by clicking here.
Following on from the news earlier today regarding D9009’s visit to the East Lancashire Railway, we are now pleased to announce that 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway from May till October.
The visit will include a number of running days, as well as some driver experience courses. Further details regarding dates etc will be advised in due course.
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.
A reminder to everyone that a busy weekend lies ahead for the DPS, with two major events coming upon February 8th & 9th.
Firstly, it’s the East Coast Giants event at Barrow Hill. Although the main stars are a pair of A4s, our Deltics will also be playing a prominent role at the event. There is a free bus from Chesterfield to the event and more details can be found at http://www.barrowhill.org/links/GIANTSOFSTEAM.pdf
If model railways are your thing, then the Festival of British Railway Modelling being held at Doncaster Racecourse will be a great day out. There are over 30 layouts on display, and the DPS Sales Stand will be present, so if you are attending, please pay us a visit. More information on the show can be found at https://www.model-railways-live.co.uk/Exhibitions/-5/The_Festival_of_British_Railway_Modelling/
Issue 217 of ‘Deltic Deadline’, which was despatched earlier this week, contains formal notification of the DPS Annual General Meeting, which takes place at the National Railway Museum on Saturday 1st March. Doors open at 10.00 with the official business starting at 11.00. There will be a lunch break at around 13.00 and the day’s proceedings are expected to finish at 16.45. A full timetable will appear nearer the time.
As part of the event, there will be Museum and KOYLI visits at 10.15 and 13.15. Numbers are limited, so if you would like to book on one of these, please e-mail Peter Kennan at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
The DPS Deltics will be taking on a starring role at Barrow Hill’s ‘East Coast Giants’ event over the weekend of February 8th & 9th which sees three A4 steam locos visiting, including the two repatriated examples, 4489 ‘DOMINION OF CANADA’ and 60008 ‘DWIGHT t D EISENHOWER’, which will be returning to Canada and the United States in the next few months.
D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be on display, most likely by the bay platform, while 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be open for cab visits. We may also be able to open up a cab of D9015 ‘TULYAR’, enabling visitors to view progress in the engine room and it is also hoped to offer visits to the power unit house to small numbers of people. In addition, the ‘Deepcar’ model railway layout will be in the depot, as will the DPS Sales Stand of course. This is a very busy weekend for the society, as we also have a Sales Stand at Doncaster Model Railway Exhibition.
Entry to the event is £11.50 (in advance) and £13.50 (on the gate), with discounts for children and special rates for families. A free bus service will operate from Chesterfield station, and more details can be obtained by visiting the Barrow Hill website at http://www.barrowhill.org/links/GIANTSOFSTEAM.pdf
The draw for the DPS Christmas 2013 raffle took place at our depot at Barrow Hill on January 11th. The winning ticket numbers are as follows:
1st prize (£250) – 07729
2nd prize (£100 or Bachmann model) – 11728
3rd prize (£100 or print) – 01031
4th prize (£50) – 13938
5th prize (£50) – 04594
6th prize (£50) – 09257
Please contact Graham Clarke on 07976 282396 to claim your prize. Many thanks to everyone who took part.
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 http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk . 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 email@example.com . 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.
The gallery covering main line workings by D9009 has been expanded this week to cover the loco’s appearance on ‘The Winter Settler’ on Saturday 28th December. Thanks go to everyone who has contributed photographs – the gallery can be found by clicking here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org