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Seating update – December 30th charter

Further to the update a few days ago, Pathfinder Tours have advised that, as of today, there were only 16 seats remaining in Standard Class on the “Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise” tour to Liverpool with D9009 on December 30th – please book quickly if you want one of these! Seats remain available for any First Class bookings.

“Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise” – selling fast!

Tickets for the ‘Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise’ railtour to Liverpool with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’  are selling quickly, and, as of today, less than one coach of seats remained unsold in standard class. First class has just over a coach left unsold. The train starts at Willington with pick-ups at Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Doncaster, York (where D9009 takes over from the Class 68) and Leeds – see THIS PAGE on Pathfinder Tours’ website for more information.

Remember, DPS members are entitled to a £5 discount on the advertised fares when booking with Pathfinder Tours by phone/post/fax. Please CLICK HERE for full details.

Swanage Belle Videos

Following on from last weekend’s successful trip to the Swanage Railway (where the loco is seen below, captured by Nick Prior on the approach to Corfe Castle), a number of videos of the trip have appeared. Please see below for some links to see (and hear) D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ in action on the tour .

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fl6tf9as9k (several locations)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJfKWkZb078 (Kidderminster/Keynsham)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6QeSGeP34A (on the Swanage Railway)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj6t3wihttc (Rowley Regis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXBjeA4MSQo (Totton/Foxhills)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9-mZEsFm-A (Various locations)

D9009 on ‘The Swanage Belle’

With an almost complete rake of blue/grey coaches, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ has been in action today on Pathfinder Tours’ ‘Swanage Belle’ charter from Burton-on-Trent to the south coast.

UPDATE 22/10/17: Timings for today’s move back from Burton to the NRM can be found HERE.

The picture below, by Henry Thomas, shows the loco during the set-down at Cheltenham Spa earlier this evening on the return journey back to Burton.

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The Swanage Belle – Saturday October 21st

Although online advance bookings for this train hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ have now closed, Pathfinder Tours have advised that they still have seats remaining in all classes – anyone wishing to travel who has not already booked should go along to the Buffet coach [labelled D] to buy tickets (cash only). Pick-up and set down points are Burton (04.30/23.15), Birmingham NS (05.15/22.40), Stourbridge Junction (05.40/22.10), Kidderminster (05.55/21.55), Droitwich Spa (06.20/21.40), Worcester SH (06.30/21.20), Cheltenham Spa (07.00/20.30), Stroud (07.20), Cam & Dursley (20.10).

The outward run is via Swindon, Reading avoider and Winchester, returning via Salisbury, Westbury and Bath Spa. For full timings showing the full route, please see the pages on Open Train Times HERE (outward) and HERE (return). We would welcome any pictures for inclusion on the DPS Website, please send these to webmasterATthedps.co.uk .

D9009 – forthcoming tours

Below is a summary of tours advertised to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’

Saturday 21 October “The Swanage Belle: Pathfinder trip taking D9009 from Burton and the Midlands/Severnside to Bournemouth and the Swanage Railway. Seats still available, full details HERE.

Saturday 30 December “The Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise”: Relive the trips of December 1981 with this  Pathfinder tour using D9009 from York to Liverpool and back. **£5 discount on tickets for DPS members – CLICK HERE for more details**

Saturday 21 July “The Talisman”: New tour! D9009 should haul the return leg of this A1 Steam Loco Trust. The tour is from King’s Cross to Newcastle and uses 60163 Tornado on the outward leg, providing a day of classic ECML power. Bookings are being handled by UK Railtours, more information HERE.

The Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise – DPS Member Discount

Further to the posting at the weekend, we are pleased to advise that DPS members can benefit from a £5 reduction on the advertised fares on this tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on December 30th. 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) 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).

Pathfinder contact details:

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.

Full details concerning the tour can be obtained by CLICKING HERE.

The Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise – Saturday December 30th

Pathfinder Tours have now announced full detail regarding this tour, which takes D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from York to Liverpool and back. The outward run is via Brighouse and Blackburn, featuring a run over Copy Pit, while the return leg retraces the route of the 19.10 Liverpool-York, which ‘ALYCIDON’ hauled almost 36 years to the day (on December 27th 1981).

The tour starts at Willington, and is Class 68 hauled to York (with pick-ups at Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Doncaster, York and Leeds) and there is an optional ‘mini-tour’ using the Class 68 to turn the stock at Liverpool. We hope to be announce details of  how to book and obtain a discounted fare for DPS members in the next few days – watch this space.

Full details regarding the tour can be found on Pathfinder’s website by CLICKING HERE.

New tour featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’

Pathfinder Tours have today announced details of a new railtour which is expected to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ throughout. The train runs from Burton and stations in the Midlands/Severnside to then via the Reading avoider/Basingstoke to Bournemouth and on to the Isle of Purbeck/Swanage Railway.

For full details concerning ‘The Swanage Belle’, and to make a booking, please CLICK HERE.

DPS@40 tour cancellation

Mike Hallam-Rudd writes:

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we are not able to run this tour and must advise you of this unfortunate and difficult decision we have had to make.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to you all for offering to support us on this occasion. However the main event at the Bluebell Railway will still take place on Friday October 6th to Sunday October 8th at the Bluebell Railway, where they are running a Golden Arrow Pullman on the Friday evening, will still be taking place.

Any monies or cheques will be returned and debit/credit card details will be destroyed. I must add my sincere thanks to Neil Mewes and his team at Avocet Travel Management for all of their hard work in organising and planning this event on our behalf.

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