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‘Torbay & Dart Explorer’ – DPS member discounts

We are delighted to advise that Pathfinder Tours have agreed to offer DPS members a £5 discount on advertised fares on the ‘Torbay & Dart Explorer’ from Derby to Kingswear with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on Saturday 4th July. Full details regarding the excursion, which also picks up at East Midlands Parkway (for the M1), Loughborough, Leicester, Nuneaton, Coleshill Parkway, Birmingham New St, Barnt Green (for M42) and Cheltenham Spa, can be found on the Pathfinder website by clicking HERE.

The discount (one discounted ticket per member) is available when booking by post or phone, and you must quote your membership number at the time of booking. Details of how to book are:

Phone: Telephone (01453) 835414 or (01453) 834477 – the Pathfinder booking office is open from Monday to Friday, 09.15 to 16.45.

Post: Download the booking form HERE and post to Pathfinder Tours at Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5EZ.

Bookings can also be made online via the link HERE but DPS member discounts are not available if using this method of booking.

We look forward to seeing many members  on board this excursion behind D9009.


D9009 to Kingswear – Saturday 4th July

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is being hired by Pathfinder Tours for its ‘Torbay & Dart Explorer’ on Saturday 4th July. The train starts at Derby and picks up at stations in the Midlands and Cheltenham before heading for Paignton and Kingswear. This will be the first time a ‘Deltic’ has hauled a through train beyond Paignton onto the privately operated line. Other highlights include the journey along the Dawlish sea wall and a run up Lickey on the return.

More details regarding the excursion can be found on Pathfinder’s website by clicking here.

Update concerning April 11th tour

The DPS was disappointed to learn earlier this week that 52A Tours will no longer be sponsoring the repaint of ‘ALYCIDON’ into Finsbury Park style BR blue (with white cab windows), or using the loco on its tour on April 11th. As most people will be aware, the loco had already been moved to the NRM at York in readiness for repainting in February 2015 and to allow shed space at the Deltic Depot for investigation work on 55002 which is currently limited to single engine use – as always the DPS continue to assist all Deltics where reasonably possible. We feel sure you will share our disappointment in this news.

52A Tours is contacting all those who have booked on the tour regarding where they stand with their bookings. If you have any queries concerning your booking, please contact 52A Tours.

D9009 & 55019 – move from ELR today (27/11/14)

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ and 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ are today moving back from the East Lancashire Railway to Barrow Hill, running via Manchester Victoria, Crewe, Stafford, Lichfield and Derby, and due to arrive back at Barrow Hill at 13.42. Full timings can be found at where the move can also be monitored.

D9009′s return to Barrow Hill will be short, as the loco will then depart for the NRM at York for winter maintenance pending its forthcoming repaint. Its space at Barrow Hill will be taken by the NRM’s 55002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’ which is coming for engine work. Timings for the Barrow Hill to York move (0Z09) with D9009 are at , while 55002′s move (oZ02) takes place this evening, and are detailed at

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 . 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 . 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


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

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

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 . 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

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.

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