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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.

Volunteer’s View – June 17th 2017

This week, Graham Clarke’s report comes from the main line, where he was one of the support crew on board D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. A gallery will appear shortly.

Fantastic day out yesterday with D9009 on the Welsh Central Liner Rail Tour run by Pathfinder Tours. I was on the late turn with Alex Williams. It was a great shift with the loco performing well, despite the heat and a run at the Lickey Incline (1/38) from a stop at Bromsgrove right at the bottom of the Bank, without a run at it. The engine temperatures did rise a bit, but not beyond the limits. We really got going once the locomotives took a field divert and I’m informed we passed the top at 51 mph with 10 coaches in tow. Not bad for nearly 56 year old! I was in the engine room taking measurements and that was quite an experience too.

I especially enjoyed the opportunity to ride up front on the run down to Gloucester in the evening sun, barrelling along at about 90mph with the Napier Symphony as an accompaniment. Thanks to our Drivers Greg and Nigel from DBS, Alex, all the other onboard team, DPS riding fitters, water tanker, fuel tanker, everyone who paid to come along and the masses who turned out to enjoy the spectacle. There were a lot of people on nearly every vantage point there was to be had.

D9009 on Central Wales line

A good run has been had with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ over the Central Wales line in glorious weather. The picture shows the tour during a short stop at Llandeilo.

The loco is due to return from Burton to York tomorrow, departing around 13.00.

‘The Welsh Central Liner’ – Saturday June 17th

Confirmed timings for Saturday’s railtour from Burton to the Central Wales line and Shrewsbury have now been released by Pathfinder Tours. Please visit their website by CLICKING HERE for pick up/set down times  - note there have been some changes, the train is no longer able to pick up at Coleshill Parkway or Birmingham New Street, but an additional pick-up at Northfield has been added.

Full timings for the train can be found HERE (outward) and HERE (return).

The DPS will be holding an on-board raffle during the day, we look forward to seeing many of you on board the train.

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