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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: . 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


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.





Final preparations for Tweedbank

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.

The Deltic Borderer – Saturday 9th April

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.

Full timings are for these legs can be found on Real Time Trains (OUTWARD) and (RETURN).

Tweedbank tours update

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

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.

‘Deltic Borderer II’ – Saturday 18th June

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.

Railtour Update

Just a handful of seats in First Class Plus and Premier Dining remain available on the ‘Deltic Borderer’ on Saturday 9th April. Look out for details of another trip behind ALYCIDON on Saturday 18th June, which are expected to be announced by Pathfinder in the next few days.

‘Deltic Borderer’ booking well

Updating the message posted on January 3rd, Standard Class is now full on the charter to Tweedbank on Saturday April 9th behind ‘ALYCIDON’, and seats in other classes are filling quickly too. Pathfinder Tours have advised that, as of this morning, just 10 seats remained in First Class and around a coach of seats in First Class Plus and Premier Dining – so if you’re intending joining the tour, please don’t delay in booking. More details regarding the trip, which picks up at Derby, Long Eaton, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Swinton, Church Fenton and York (where 9009 will join the train) can be found on the Pathfinder website by clicking HERE.

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