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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.

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.


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