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55019 on SVR Diesel Diagram tomorrow

As advised earlier this month, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is the booked power for the diesel diagram at the Severn Valey Railway tomorrow (Saturday 30th August). The diagram is:

09.55 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster

It is planned that 55019 will carry a wreath in memory of Martin Harris, former Volunteer Liaison Officer for the loco, who passed away suddenly last month.

“The Forth Scot” cancellation – Monday 5th May

It is with disappointment that we have to inform members and supporters that we have been advised by Pathfinder Tours, the promoter of the train, that the ‘Forth Scot’ tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on May 5th has been cancelled. Regrettably, bookings had almost completely dried up in recent few weeks, and with the number of tickets sold somewhat short of break even, the decision was reluctantly taken to cancel the train.

As the traction provider for this train, the DPS would like to apologise for any disappointment caused by the cancellation of this railtour, which, as you will appreciate, is out of the society’s control.

First tour for D9009 in 2014 announced

Pathfinder Tours has announced details of its next tour featuring haulage behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. The Forth Scot, which runs on Bank Monday May 5th,  will take D9009 from York to Edinburgh and back, plus round the Fife Circle (crossing the Forth Bridge). The tour will also take in a couple of diversionary routes on the way north, namely Stockton to Ferryhill and the Blyth & Tyne.

More details regarding the train can be found by visiting Pathfinder’s website at http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk . DPS members can benefit from a £5 discount on the advertised fares. A discount code for online bookings can be obtained by e-mailing DPS Secretary Peter Kennan at secretary@thedps.co.uk . Alternatively, give Pathfinder a call on 01453-835414 quoting your membership number. Please note that it is only possible to obtain one discounted ticket with each online booking – if you wish to book more than one ticket at the member’s rate, please call Pathfinder and supply all the DPS membership numbers.

A date for the diary – May 5th

Following on from last weekend’s successful outing to Carlisle, Pathfinder Tours has another proposed trip with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, running from York to Edinburgh and back, out via the Blyth & Tyne route and back ‘fast’ over the ECML. More details to follow.

Successful outing for D9009

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ completed another successful railtour yesterday. Having departed Carlisle some 56 minutes late owing to delays in getting the loco run round in Carlisle New Yard, the train arrived back at Sheffield just four minutes late, due to an very good run on the ECML which included some 100 mph running due to some excellent pathing by Network Rail control. A big thanks goes to everyone involved, in particular our friends and colleagues at Pathfinder Tours, Riviera Trains and DB Schenker.

The picture below shows D9009 at Sheffield, just before its departure back ‘home’ to Barrow Hill. We are creating a gallery of pictures from the day, if you would like to contribute, please send these to webmaster@thedps.co.uk

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The Winter Settler – Saturday 28th December

It is now less than two days until “The Winter Settler”, which is booked to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, runs. The loco is booked to leave Barrow Hill at 08.18, running to Derby where it takes over from the Class 67 which brings the train from Crewe. Timings for the light engine move can be found at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51905/2013/12/28/advanced

The tour leaves Derby at 09.46 and runs via Chesterfield and Sheffield (both pick-ups) then via Doncaster and Hambleton curve to Leeds and on to Carlisle, arriving at 14.12. Full timings for this leg are at  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51900/2013/12/28/advanced

After a break of just under 90 minutes in Carlisle, the train returns via the Tyne Valley, setting down first at York and then via Doncaster and is booked to run via Rotherham Central/Tinsley Junction/Woodburn Junction to Sheffield – new Deltic track perhaps? Timings are at  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51902/2013/12/28/advanced . At Sheffield, D9009 will be detached immediately, and the Class 67 attached to the other end of the train for departure via the ‘old road’ to Chesterfield and then on to Crewe. D9009 should return to Barrow Hill , running direct to Chesterfield first, and should be back on site before the tour passes Barrow Hill South Junction with the ’67′. Timings for the final light engine move are at  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51907/2013/12/28/advanced

Lastly, a reminder that the DPS Sales Stand will be located in coach A, and among the items on sale will the ‘The Compendium of Deltics’ new DVD from Visions International.

The Winter Settler – timings now available

Timings for Pathfinder’s “Winter Settler” tour featuring D9009 are now available, and we are pleased to advised that the loco will now haul the train from Derby rather than Sheffield, providing some additional ‘Deltic’ haulage in the morning. The train picks up and sets down as follows:

Crewe 07:00/23:39, Stafford 07:30/23:14, Wolverhampton 07:52/22:57, Walsall 08:09/22:41, Tamworth 08:52/22:03, Burton 09:06/21:49, Derby 09:46/21:31, Chesterfield 10:14/21:01, Sheffield 10:32/20:12.

D9009 is timed to work the train as detailed below:

Derby dep 09.46, Chesterfield 10.12/14, Sheffield 10.29/32, then via Doncaster/Hambleton/Leeds (11.31)/Skipton (12.23)/Appleby (13.32) to Carlisle arr 14.12.

Carlisle dep 15.35, then via Hexham (16.26)/Durham (17.21)/York (18.15-37)/Doncaster (19.05) to Sheffield arr 20.12.

The DPS Sales Stand will be located in coach A, and there will be a raffle on board. Anybody wishing to book on the train should do so by visiting Pathfinder Tours website at http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html or by calling Pathfinder on 01453-835414 or 01453-834477

 

D9009 – “The Winter Settler” Saturday 28th December

We are pleased to advise that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ has been hired by Pathfinder Tours to work “The Winter Settler” tour to Carlisle on Saturday 28th December. Subject to availability, the loco will haul the train from Sheffield to Carlisle and back, outward via the S&C and return via the Tyne Valley and ECML. The tour starts at Crewe, and will be hauled via the Midlands by a Class 67 to/from Sheffield, with D9009 running light engine from Barrow Hill to Sheffield to take over the tour.

For more details, and to book on the tour, please visit the Pathfinder Tours website at http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html

Another successful tour for ‘Alycidon’

D9009 ‘Alycidon’ had another successful trip on Saturday when it powered Pathfinder’s ‘Mazey Day Cornishman’ from Tame Bridge Parkway to Penzance and back – the first time the loco has ever been this far  south, and becoming only the second Deltic to venture into Cornwall. The tour ran over 50 minutes early at one point on the return, although regulation for service trains around and north of Bristol meant this was lost by the time the train arrived back at Tame Bridge.

Below are a couple of photos of the tour at its destination, Penzance.

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