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‘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.


D9009 on ‘Magnificent Settle & Carlisle’ – timings

Timings for D9009′s fourth tour of 2015, which takes place this coming Saturday (October 3rd) and is virtually fully booked, are now available. D9009 is scheduled to take over from the Class 90 at Belmont yard, just south of Doncaster station, where the train picks up (11.14-11.16) and then runs via Hambleton, Leeds and the S&C to Carlisle (arr 14.35). The return journey leaves Carlisle at 16.13 and runs via the Tyne Valley and East Coast Main Line to York (pathing stop 19.03-19.21) then to Doncaster (arr 20.05) where D9009 is due to be removed before returning to York. Detailed timings can be found at (outward) and (return)

D9009 back in action on ECML

Earlier today, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ worked the northbound leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour, ‘The White Rose’, from King’s Cross to York, the loco’s second railtour working this month and taking a ‘Deltic’ back on home territory. The picture below, kindly supplied by Steve Smith, shows the tour powering through Huntingdon this morning.


Further pictures from recent workings have been added to the gallery HERE, many thanks to those who have supplied photos.

D9009 is due to remain at the National Railway Museum at York for the time being.

D9009 visits Kingswear on ‘Torbay & Dartmouth Explorer’

Yesterday saw D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ in action on the main line, hauling Pathfinder’s ‘Torbay & Dart Explorer’, which, we are sure those on board will agree, was an excellent day out even if the loco did get warm on a couple of occasions! D9009 hauled the train from Derby to Kingswear and back to Landor Street (nearly Saltley), after which it ran to Bescot to be stabled prior to its move to Wembley tomorrow in readiness for Tuesday’s tour from King’s Cross to York. Timings for this light engine move can be found HERE.

The picture below, kindly supplied by Robert Sherwood, shows D9009 near Goodrington on the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway. A further selection of pictures can be found at the gallery by CLICKING HERE, many thanks to those who have been kind enough to supply the photos.


Tour timings for July 4th & 7th

Full point-to-point timings are now available for tomorrow’s ‘Torbay & Dart Explorer with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’. The full outward timings are HERE, and the return ones HERE. Note that the return leg is via Castle Cary, Frome (a Deltic first?), Westbury and Bath Spa. As previously advised, D9009 is booked to be replaced by a Class 66 at Landor Street curve (near Birmingham) for the leg back to Derby.

Tuesday’s tour, ‘The White Rose’, leaves King’s Cross behind D9009 at 08.17, picking up at Potters Bar (08.40) and Stevenage (09.00), arriving at York at 12.01. Full timings can be found HERE, while those interested in steam as well may be interested in the return times behind 60163 ‘TORNADO’ which are HERE.

Any photos of the two tours will be gladly received, please send these to – replacing AT with @ of course!

Torbay & Dart Explorer – Saturday July 4th

Pick-up and set-down timings for Saturday’s Pathfinder tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ have been confirmed today and are as follows:

Outward: Derby (dep 06.45), East Midlands Parkway (dep 07.01), Loughborough (dep 07.14), Leicester (dep 07.55), Nuneaton (dep 08.22), Coleshill Parkway (dep 08.43), Birmingham NS (dep 09.00), Cheltenham Spa (dep 09.46), Paignton (arr 13.17), Kingswear (arr 14.00).

Return: Kingswear (dep 16.15), Cheltenham Spa (arr 20.35), Barnt Green (arr 21.15), Coleshill Parkway (arr 22.30), Nuneaton (arr 22.50), Leicester (arr 23.30), Loughborough (arr 23.55), East Midlands Parkway (arr 00.05), Derby (arr 00.20).

D9009 is booked to haul the train from Derby to Kingswear and then back to Landor Street Junction (near Birmingham), with a Class 66 taking over for the final leg to set down stations. The loco is expected to move north from Southall to Derby on Thursday 2nd July, timings for this planned move can be found at

Some seats were still available on the tour as of earlier today, please contact Pathfinder Tours for any queries regarding late bookings – more details regarding the trip can be found by clicking HERE

Forthcoming tours – July 4th & 7th

Confirmed and agreed timings for the tours with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on July 4th (Derby-Kingswear) and July 7th (King’s Cross-York) are still awaited and will hopefully appear in the next couple of days. On Saturday’s tour, D9009 is expected to work the train from Derby to Kingswear and then back to Birmingham, after which it should run to Bescot, ready for movement to London for its next tour  three days later.

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