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“Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ Update

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).

‘The Deltic Deviator’ – Saturday 29th September

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 HEREPhone – Tel (01453) 835414 or (01453) 834477. Fax – (01453) 834053.

2018 Railtour latest

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.

Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise

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):



‘The Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise’ – timings

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.

Timings for the outward leg from York to Liverpool behind D9009 can be found on Open Train Times HERE, with the return leg from Liverpool to York HERE.

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.

Tour availability update

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.

52A Tours charter with D9009 – Saturday 16th June 2018

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.

For full details regarding the train, please CLICK HERE, and a booking form can be downloaded from HERE. DPS members can benefit from a £5 discount on the advertised fares.

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 .

P1330040 (several locations) (Kidderminster/Keynsham) (on the Swanage Railway) (Rowley Regis) (Totton/Foxhills) (Various locations)

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