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D9009 on the ‘Deltic Retro Scot III’

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a great performance on Retro Railtours’ 10th Anniversary special, the ‘Deltic Retro Scot 3′, from Huddersfield to Edinburgh at the weekend, ctouching the magic 100 mph on a number of occasions on both the West Coast and East Coast Main Lines. A big thank you to our service crew who took it in turns to ride on and look after the loco (with an 02.32 departure from Burton, it was a long day, requiring several shifts) and also the team on board who ran the sales stand and raffle.

D9009 returned to Barrow Hill from York on Sunday morning, and its next planned outing is on the return leg of the A1 Steam Loco Trust’s on September 15th.

The picture below shows D9009 at Craigentinny, where the loco was fuelled and the coaching stock serviced.



D9009 movement – August 23rd 2018

In readiness for Saturday’s railtour, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to run light engine from Barrow Hill to Nemesis Rail’s Burton depot tomorrow afternoon. Please note that owing to the Derby blockade, the move is via Alfreton, Toton and Castle Donnington.

D9009 leaves Burton for Huddersfield with the tour ECS early on Saturday morning. Full timings for the ‘Deltic Retro Scot III’ to Edinburgh can be found HERE (outward) and HERE (return). Upon arrival at York on the return leg, D9009 is planned to run light engine back to Barrow Hill.

Deltic Retro Scot III – Saturday 25th August

Retro Railtours has advised that the confirmed pick-up and set-down times for its 10th anniversary tour from Huddersfield to Edinburgh with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ are as follows:

Huddersfield (05.55/21.40), Marsden (06.19/21.55), Stalybridge (06.46/22.17), Manchester Vic (07.05/22.39), Wigan NW (07.58/23.15), Leyland (08.15/23.36), Preston (08.27/23.45), Edinburgh (12.05/16.40). There will also be a set down at York at 20.09. (where D9009 will be replaced by a Class 67 for the remainder of the journey back to Preston).

Please note that in standard class, only a handful of individual seats remain – anyone wishing to book one of these is advised to call Retro Railtours on 0161 330 9055. There are still a limited number of seats for groups of two or more in first class and these can be booked online by visiting

The Deltic Retro Scot 3 – Saturday 25th August

Retro Railtours advise that seats are still available in all three classes on this circular tour behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from Huddersfield to Edinburgh, celebrating the 10th anniversary of this promoter. However, only a handful of seats remain in premier dining, so please book quickly if you would like one (or more) of these. Remember, DPS members can obtain a £5 discount on the advertised fares if booking by post using the form HERE.

For full details regarding this train, please visit Retro Railtours Website.


“The Talisman” tour re-dated

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour from King’s Cross to Newcastle and back on July 21, which features D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ as power for the return leg, has been postponed due to impacts caused by the prolonged hot weather and restrictions on operating steam locomotives on the national network. It will now run on Saturday September 15th and D9009 is still booked to haul the tour between Newcastle and London.

As a result of the change of date, some seats are now available on this tour which was previously fully booked. For full details concerning the trip, please CLICK HERE.

A fantastic day!

We are sure that everyone on board ‘The Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter’ with 52A Tours today will agree that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a great performance on the run from Newcastle to London and back. The pictures below show the train north of Hitchin on the outward leg (courtesy of Tim Summers) and at King’s Cross prior to departure north.



Below: Job done…D9009 stands in Tyne Yard this evening (Graham Clarke). The loco returns to Barrow Hill tomorrow – see HERE for timings.


Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter – full times

Finalised timings for the return leg of The Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter this coming Saturday (June 16th) have now been released and these are as follows: King’s Cross dep 15.23, Doncaster 17.53/58, York 18.49/52, Darlington 19.34/37, Durham 19.58/20.01 Newcastle (replace D9009 with 670xx) 20.17/21.00, Edinburgh 22.40.

For more info on the train, please see

D9009 is booked to travel light engine from Barrow Hill to Tyne Yard on Friday June 15th, times HERE. Times for the short moves between Tyne Yard and Newcastle on Saturday morning/evening are HERE and HERE. Times for the tour itself can be found at these links: OUTWARD ; RETURN

Here’s to a fantastic day!

Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter – update

52A Tours have advised that postal bookings for the tour on Saturday June 16th will close this weekend (Saturday June 9th). Online booking will still be available – DPS members should book at full fare and your £5 discount will be refunded on the day. Please visit for full details and to book.

Validated outward timings have now been released, departure times from the pick-ups are: Linlithgow 04.35, Edinburgh 05.15, Newcastle 07.18, Durham 07.34, Darlington 08.07, York 09.06, Doncaster 09.38, King’s Cross arr 12.23.


Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter – June 16th

52A Tours advise that they are still awaiting confirmed timings from Network Rail. For the time being, it is suggested that customers work from the estimated times, and allow some flexibility either side of those for the stations where they are boarding. Tickets are planned to be sent during the week commencing Monday June 4th, and final timings will be advised as soon as they are received.

Some seats remain available on this very special outing with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ to King’s Cross, which picks up at Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York and Doncaster. For full details, please visit the 52A Tours website by CLICKING HERE. Please note that DPS members who wish to obtain a £5 discount on advertised fares (one discounted ticket per member) will need to book by post.

D9009 charter train update

With D9009 currently planned to be out once each month between June and October, here is a summary of its booked outings:

Saturday 16th June – The Albert Gilmour Memorial tour: 52A Tours advise that there are still some seats available on this trip, featuring ‘ALYCIDON’ from Newcastle to King’s Cross and back – over 500 miles of Deltic haulage on the ECML. Pick-ups are Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York and Doncaster. Full details, and an online booking facility, are available HERE, although DPS members who wish to obtain a £5 discount on advertised fares (one discounted ticket per member) will need to book by post – a downloadable booking form is HERE.

Saturday 21st July – The Talisman: This A1 Steam Locomotive Trust charter from King’s Cross/Potters Bar/Peterborough to Newcastle and back, using 60163 ‘TORNADO’ on the outward leg and D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on the return, is now fully booked.

Saturday 25th August – The Deltic Retro Scot III: Retro Railtours’ 10th anniversary tour, taking D9009 on a circular tour from Huddersfield, Marsden, Stalybridge, Manchester, Wigan and Preston to Edinburgh, out via the WCML and back to York via the ECML is now open for online bookings – full details HERE. DPS members can obtain a £5 discount (one per member) by using the postal booking form downloadable HERE.

Saturday 29th September – The Deltic Deviator: A Pathfinder trip from Willington, Ilkeston, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Moorthorpe and York, taking in various Deltic diversionary routes, along with a break in Carlisle and journey over the S&C. The train is currently around half full. Full details and online bookings can be found HERE. Like the 52A and Retro trips, DPS members can benefit from a £5 reduction on the advertised fares on this tour. 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.

Sunday 7th October – The Auld Reekie: Another tour from the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust using ‘TORNADO’ and ‘ALYCIDON’, this time from Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds and York to Edinburgh. Steam northbound and Deltic hauled from Edinburgh to Doncaster. Further details can be found HERE.

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