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Tour availability update

Pathfinder Tours advise that Standard, First and First Plus seats are all fully booked on ‘The Hull & Leeds Executive’ with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on Saturday May 6th. A handful of seats remain available in Premier Dining. Please note that due to operating constraints the tour will no longer pick up or set down at Sheffield. Full details regarding the trip can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Seats are still available on ‘The Welsh Central Liner’ from Burton and the Midlands to the Central Wales line and Shrewsbury on Saturday June 17th. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

‘Hull & Leeds Executive’ Seating Update

This tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ has been booking very well, and as of today, there are no First Class seats remaining and a very limited number of First Class Plus seats. In addition Standard Class and Premier Dining seats are down to the last coach in each – so, if you wish to travel, please don’t leave it too late to book! Full details regarding the tour can be found on Pathfinder Tours website by CLICKING HERE.

D9009 to haul ‘The Welsh Central Liner’ on June 17th

We are pleased to announce another tour that will be hauled by D9009 this year. ‘ALYCIDON’ will now haul Pathfinder Tours’ “Welsh Central Liner”, a circular trip from Burton and pick-ups in the Midlands plus Cheltenham/Gloucester/Chepstow which then travels over the scenic Central Wales line after which there will be a late afternoon break in Shrewsbury before returning via the Welsh Marches to Chepstow and, ultimately, Burton. This tour was originally advertised to be hauled by D1015 ‘WESTERN CHAMPION’, which is no longer available due to suffering an engine problem last month. We wish our friends in the Diesel Traction Group all the best in returning the loco to full working order.

Full details regarding the tour, which is now open for bookings, can be found on Pathfinder’s website by CLICKING HERE.

 

The Hull and Leeds Executive – more information

Further to the preliminary information provided a few days ago, Pathfinder Tours has now announced full details about ‘The Hull and Leeds Executive’ tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on Saturday May 6th. The tour starts at Willington behind a Class 68, which will haul the train to Hull, picking up at Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Swinton, Wakefield Kirkgate and Leeds. D9009 will then take over for the run to London, via Selby, Doncaster, the diversionary route via Gainsborough, Lincoln and Spalding to Peterborough and the Hertford Loop to King’s Cross where there will be a break. The return leg will hopefully be a fast one using the ECML (a 100 mph path has been requested) back to Leeds, from where the Class 68 will return the train to Willington.

More details can be found on the Pathfinder Tours website by CLICKING HERE. We look forward to seeing many of you on board this excursion over classic Deltic routes.

‘Alycidon’ puts in a great performance on ‘Deltic Borderer II’

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.

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Hitting the magic 100 mph. (Graham Clarke)

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Approaching Stow on the way to Tweedbank. (Alexander Cromarty)

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The tour’s destination is reached. (Graham Clarke)

Deltic Borderer 2 Timings

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.

 

Deltic Borderer II – only a month away

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.

Successful outing to Tweedbank

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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!

Graham Clarke

The pictures below show D9009 at Edinburgh and then at York after completing the tour.

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