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.
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has announced details of another tour on the ECML featuring both ‘TORNADO’ and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. “The Auld Reekie” is scheduled to run from stations in Yorkshire (Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds and York) to Edinburgh on Sunday 7th October, with D9009 hauling the southbound leg of the train. Full details regarding the trip can be found on the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s website by CLICKING HERE.
52A Tours are now accepting online bookings for the ‘Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Newcastle to Kings Cross and back on Saturday June 16th, although DPS members who wish to obtain a £5 discount on advertised fares should continue to book by post in order to receive the discount. Full details regarding the tour are HERE and an postal booking form can be downloaded HERE.
As of today, there is just one compartment remaining in the FK (Compartment First) vehicle, and there are still some seats in First Class and Standard Class.
52A Tours advise that ‘tables for two’ in First Class are now fully booked, and First Class accommodation in compartments is now in very limited supply. Seats remain available in Standard Class and First Class (Open) vehicles. For more details concerning this tour, which features haulage behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back, please visit 52A Tours’ website by clicking HERE. Remember, if you are a DPS member, you can obtain a £5 discount on the advertised fares (one discounted ticket per member).
Pathfinder Tours has now released full details of its next tour featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, which will run on Saturday 29th September. The tour will take D9009 over various diversionary routes – the Durham Coast, Blyth & Tyne and Tyne Valley – as well as the scenic Settle & Carlisle line on the return journey. The tour starts, Class 68 hauled, at Willington, and picks up at Ilkeston, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Moorthorpe and York where D9009 takes over for the journey north.
Full details regarding ‘The Deltic Deviator’ can be found HERE. We are pleased to advise that DPS members can benefit from a £5 reduction on the advertised fares on this tour. Please note that this discount cannot be applied to bookings made online, and it will not be possible to issue refunds once a booking has been made. 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 (note – this is valid for members only and there is one £5 discount per membership number).
Post - Pathfinder Tours, Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5EZ. A printable booking form can be obtained by CLICKING HERE. Phone – Tel (01453) 835414 or (01453) 834477. Fax – (01453) 834053.
Saturday 16th June: Our colleagues at 52A Tours have advised that the ‘Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ is now approaching half full, and tables for two are now becoming very limited in number – so please check with 52A regarding availability if you wish to book these seats. Full details regarding the tour, which features D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back can be found HERE. £5 discount for DPS members!
Saturday 21st July: First Class Dining and Standard Class seats are available on ‘The Talisman’ from London with 60163 ‘TORNADO’ and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. More information is available HERE.
Saturday 29th September: A provisional date from Pathfinder for the diary.
D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a good performance on today’s Pathfinder tour to Liverpool, recreating the events of December 1981. Here are a few pictures from the day.
Awaiting departure from York:
Passing through Blackburn (pic courtesy of Guy Middleton):
Upon arrival at Liverpool Lime Street:
Back at York, before the loco returned to the NRM:
And finally, a look back at December 27th 1981, taken at Liverpool (courtesy of Craig Oliphant):
Saturday’s tour taking D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from York to Liverpool and back is now just a few days away. Pick-up and set-down times can be found on Pathfinder Tours’ website by CLICKING HERE. As can be seen, and as many will already know, the tour is unable to pick up or set down at Doncaster, so a Swinton stop had been put in its place. Additionally, pathing constraints mean the tour is unable to pick up at Leeds on the outward journey.
New items in stock on the Sales Stand include wine glasses at £4.50. We look forward to seeing many DPS members and supporters on Saturday.
An update on seating availability on forthcoming charters featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’:
Saturday 30th December 2017 “The Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise” (Pathfinder Tours): A few seats remain in First Class. Standard Class is full. For further details, please CLICK HERE.
Saturday 16th June 2018 “Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter” (52A Tours): All classes are selling very fast, and Executive Class (ie front coach in both directions) is now fully booked. For further details, please CLICK HERE.
Remember that both Pathfinder Tours and 52A Tours are kindly offering DPS members a £5 discount on the advertised fares on both the above trips.
The DPS is delighted to advise that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ will be hauling 52A Tours’ “Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter” on Saturday 16th June 2018. Starting at Linlithgow with DB Cargo traction for the first leg and using the SRPS Mk.1 coaching stock, D9009 will then haul the train from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back, providing over 500 miles of classic ECML ‘Deltic’ haulage. The tour picks up at Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York and Doncaster.