D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ put in a good performance on the ‘Golden Jubilee Pullman’ yesterday, the first appearance of a ‘Deltic’ at the head of the British Pullman train for a number of years. Here are a couple of pictures from the day:
Above: arriving on the Severn Valley Railway (Graham Clarke)
Further pictures will appear in a gallery in the next few days.
In addition, here is a youtube clip of the return leg at Standish Junction, courtesy of Duncan Jennings:
Graham Clarke, who was on board the return leg as part of the DPS volunteer service crew, writes:
What a fabulous day it was yesterday with D9009 to the SVR with their British Pullman train from Victoria to Bewdley. The loco performed faultlessly, the weather was good and everybody enjoyed themselves. It really was a privilege to be aboard D9009 and to witness what a Deltic is really capable of with 765 tons behind it. Awesome is the only word to describe it. Climbing the banks on the Gloucester – Swindon line was exceptional with 36mph being sustained at the summit. It was also interesting to see how much more pulling power a Deltic has compared to a 67. Four motors rather than six and high-speed gearing really takes it’s tole. Thanks to our drivers from DBS, one of whom’s name I’ve forgotten, Nigel, Steve, Bob and Chris. Also thanks to Alex and Stuart who I worked with during the day and on the way back to Victoria. It was a 21 hour day for the loco and 12 full hours at least for many people. Goodness knows what the normals thought on the West London line when a Deltic went roaring past. I did see a few with their hands over their ears!