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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.

‘The Deltic Borderer’ Update

As most people will be aware, ‘ALYCIDON’ will be working its first main line tour since repaint into BR blue on Saturday 9th April, running to Tweedbank. Pathfinder Tours have advised that there are only a small number of spare seats remaining in Standard Class, so if you are looking at booking in standard, you may wish to do so sooner rather than later to prevent missing out. Seats are still available in all the other classes. For more details, please visit the Pathfinder website by clicking HERE.

‘The Deltic Borderer’ – Saturday 9th April 2016

Pathfinder Tours have now announced full details concerning this railtour to Tweedbank with 9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on its first main line passenger outing in BR blue since 1981. The train starts at Derby and will be Deltic hauled from York, providing a mix of traditional Deltic track as well as what is believed to be some new ground for the loco. For more information, please visit Pathfinder’s website by CLICKING HERE.

DPS members can benefit from a £5 reduction on the advertised fares, but please note that this discount cannot be applied to bookings made online – to obtain this discount, please book by post, phone or fax. A downloadable booking form can be obtained by CLICKING HERE. Membership numbers must be given at the time of booking. One £5 discount per membership number.

Tweedbank bound!

The DPS has been advised that Pathfinder Tours is hiring 9009 Alycidon to haul a charter from Derby to Edinburgh and then to Tweedbank on the recently opened Borders Railway on Saturday, April 9 2016. This will be the first main line run for Alycidon after its repaint into BR Blue.
Pathfinder will soon have details for those wishing to book, so this intimation allows those interested in placing the date in the diary.
According to the recent article in ‘Deltic Deadline’, D9009 is the only Deltic never to have been recorded travelling over the former Waverley route (Edinburgh-Carlisle) of which the first 30 miles south from Edinburgh to Tweedbank has been relaid and dubbed Borders Railway. The Scottish Government is keen on a feasibility study to relay the line southwards from Tweedbank to St Boswells and Hawick and perhaps on to Carlisle.


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