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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.

Welsh Central Liner – Seating Availability

The DPS has been advised that there are just around 50 seats remaining in Standard Class on this tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, which runs on Saturday June 17th. First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining are all now fully booked. Formed of Mk.1 coaches, the tour runs from Burton, the midlands and Severnside to South Wales and the Central Wales line, taking ‘Number 9′ on routes it has not previously covered. There will be a late afternoon break in Shrewsbury. For more details, and to book, please visit Pathfinder Tours’ website by CLICKING HERE.

Railtour Postscript

Many thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday’s ‘Hull & Leeds Executive’ charter with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, operated by our friends at Pathfinder Tours. The tour  provided the first appearance of a Deltic on a rake of blue/grey Mark 2 ‘air cons’ at Kings Cross since 1981, thanks to Riviera Trains who supplied the coaching stock.

There are many videos of the tour online, and links to a few of these can be found below:

OUTWARD – Hull ; Hull (again) ; HatfieldLincolnArlesey ; Finsbury Park

RETURN – Sandy ; St Neots ; PeterboroughPeterborough (again)

Following the tour, D9009 moved to Loram at Derby today for some work prior to its next railtour, which is The Welsh Central Liner on Saturday 17th June – full details can be found by CLICKING HERE. Please note that First Class and First Class Plus seats are sold out, but seats remain in Premier Dining and Standard Class – book soon though to guarantee a seat!

 

DPS@40 Charter, Saturday 7th October – Booking Form

A booking form for the DPS@40 evening railtour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from the Bluebell Railway to the South Coast on Saturday 7th October is now available for download by CLICKING HERE. Bookings are being dealt with by our friends at Avocet Travel Management, who sponsored the repaint of D9009 last year.

The tour is booked to leave East Grinstead around 17.00, calling at Oxted and East Croydon before going on a circular tour of Hampshire, returning to East Grinstead around 22.30. The train will feature both Standard Class and First Class Dining seats, and the requested routing is as follows:

East Grinstead (pu/sd) – Oxted (pu/sd) – East Croydon (pu/sd) then via Clapham Juntion  - Kew East Junction – Hounslow – Woking – Andover – Laverstock Chord – Romsey – Southampton – Winchester – Hounslow – Clapham Junction – East Croydon (sd) – Oxted (sd) – East Grinstead (sd).

We look forward to seeing many of you on board.

DPS@40 charter – Saturday 7th October

In conjunction with Avocet Travel Management, the DPS is delighted to announce a late afternoon/evening main line charter on Saturday 7th October, tied in with our 40th anniversary celebrations at the Bluebell Railway. The train will leave East Grinstead around 17.00 with pick-ups at Oxted and East Croydon before embarking on a circular tour around Hampshire, returning to East Grinstead around 22.30. Further details and a booking form will be available for download shortly.

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