Pathfinder Tours will be announcing full details of a new exciting tour featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ shortly. As the tour name suggests, D9009 will haul the train along traditional ‘Deltic’ territory from Hull to King’s Cross and back to Leeds on Saturday 6th May. For full details, please keep an eye on www.pathfindertours.co.uk
Graham Clarke writes:
Well, what a day!
• Edinburgh and Tweedbank.
• Great to see our Society President Neville and his wife looking well at Tweedbank.
• Lovely Borders scenery with fierce gradients that really made D9009 work.
• A couple of hours in Edinburgh with sunshine.
• A few minutes late away from Edinburgh on the way back to York, but 10 early into York after a barnstorming 100mph performance from ‘ALYCIDON’. Not bad for a 55 year’s old locomotive.
• Voyager in the background at Newcastle to show the contrast in trains proper and the state of ‘progress’.
• Pulled up alongside a new 68 called “Rapid” at York – how appropriate.
• And two birds had a really bad day, one in both directions (Durham again). But, no smashed head code box this time!
• I can’t wait for the next time.
•.Thanks to DBS, Pathfinder, caterers, Riviera, all my DPS colleagues, everybody else I know from today and the rest of those who pay the fares to fund our endeavours.
Hitting the magic 100 mph. (Graham Clarke)
Approaching Stow on the way to Tweedbank. (Alexander Cromarty)
The tour’s destination is reached. (Graham Clarke)
Full timings for tomorrow’s tour have now appeared and are at:
Class 67 Tweedbank-Edinburgh HERE
Here’s hoping for a great day ahead.
Outline timings for Saturday’s tour featuring D9009 from York to Tweedbank and Edinburgh back to York are now available and can be found on Pathfinder’s website at:http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/news01/items/confirmed-timings-for-the-deltic-borderer-ii-running-on-saturday-18th-june-2016.html . The train leaves York shortly after 08.00 and Newcastle 09.20.
Seats are still available on the trip, which we hope will be a fantastic day out. Full timings will hopefully appear soon.
The next main line railtour featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is now just a month away, and will see the Deltic repeat its trip from York to Tweedbank and back. Pathfinder Tours, who are promoting the trip, have advised that although more than 300 seats have been sold, there is still currently availability in all four types of accommodation (Standard, First, First Plus and Premier Dining).
For full details regarding the trip, which starts at Derby, please visit THIS PAGE on the Pathfinder Tours website. Remember that the DPS member discount (£5 per member) cannot be applied to online bookings – to obtain your discount, please book by phone or post, quoting your membership number.
D9009 heads towards Stow on the Borders Railway on April 9th. Photo courtesy of Jack Beeston.
What a fabulous day it was on Saturday. I’m very pleased with how D9009 performed and looked. As always there are a few niggles, some visible and some on the inside. I need to test some electrical equipment as the loco tended to shut the other engine down when the second one started. Every Deltic I’ve seen does this sometimes and it’s a pain in the you know where.
It was good to see many old friends and meet some new people too. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the many line side photos and videos. Thanks for sharing them.
Meanwhile, at the depot: Geoff, Mike and Deborah Stokes (first visit) carried on work on no.15. Geoff undercoated the generator air intake ducting and stripped the paint off the panel on the back of No1 end Route Indicator box. Deborah and myself cleaned out, vacuumed and wiped both cabs plus located missing floor panels and fitted them, both floors are now complete.
Thanks very much to everyone for their support in so many different ways. The smiles make it worthwhile. Boy was I knackered yesterday mind you!
The pictures below show D9009 at Edinburgh and then at York after completing the tour.
Graham Clarke writes: It’s been a busy couple of weeks, mostly at York preparing and servicing D9009. A lot of newly overhauled brake components have been fitted, AWS components replaced with in date units and engine governor changed. In addition a C2 exam was completed.most of the work was carried out by a mix of KOYLI/NRM volunteers and regular BH volunteers. A big thank you to everyone. See you if you are on the train to Edinburgh and Tweedbank. And yes, the numbers and arrows are wrong. A unique opportunity and work in progress to fix it.
DPS volunteers had a busy weekend at York undertaking final preparations on D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ in readiness for the loco’s trip to Tweedbank next Saturday (April 9th), and we are sure many of you will be looking forward to travelling on or seeing the loco on its first main line passenger run in blue livery since 1981. Pick-up and set-down timings are now available on the Pathfinder Tours website by CLICKING HERE, while the ‘Deltic’ hauled leg is summarised below:
OUTWARD: York (dep) 08.02, Darlington pass 08.46, Durham pass 09.04, Newcastle (cc) 09.19/22, Morpeth North Jn (path) 09.44/59, Berwick (pass)10.41, Dunbar (pass) 11.09, Edinburgh 11.41/12.00, Haymarket (pass)12.05, Newcraighall (pass) 12.26, Tweedbank (arr) 13.35.
RETURN: Edinburgh (dep) 17.46, Millerhill 18.06/16, Dunbar (pass) 18.57, Berwick (pass) 19.25, Newcastle (cc) 20.21/24, Durham (pass) 20.39, Darlington (pass) 20.57. York (arr) 21.32.
Validated timings for the ‘Deltic Borderer’ on April 9th are still awaited from Network Rail. Pathfinder Tours have advised that, as of yesterday, there were just 7 x First Class Plus and 13 x Premier Dining seats remaining on the tour – so if you wish to book, then please be quick!
The ‘Deltic Borderer II’, which is on June 18th, is around half full and there is still availability in all four classes of seating. Full detail regarding the train can be found at http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-deltic-borderer-ii.html
Remember that the DPS member discount (£5 per member) cannot be applied to online bookings – to obtain your discount, please book by phone or post, quoting your membership number.
Following the high demand forthe trip on Saturday 9th April, Pathfinder has now announced details of its ‘Deltic Borderer II’ tour on Saturday 18th June, taking ‘ALYCIDON’ on its second trip over the new Borders Railway. As per the first trip, the tour starts at Derby and is Class 67 hauled to York, but please note some of the pick-ups are different.
Once again, DPS members are entitled to a £5 discount on fares, but to take advantage of this, you must book by post or phone. Full details regarding the trip can be found by clicking HERE.