Our friends in The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust have advised that ‘The White Rose’ railtour on June 2nd, which will be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ from King’s Cross to York and 60163 ‘TORNADO’ from York to King’s Cross, is now around 80% full, so anyone wishing to book is advised to do so sooner rather than later in order to avoid disappointment. Bookings are being handled by UK Railtours – please visit their webpage by CLICKING HERE for full details regarding to tour and to make a booking.
We are pleased to report that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to work the northbound leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s ‘White Rose’ tour from King’s Cross to York on Tuesday 2nd June. It will be the first appearance of D9009 at King’s Cross for almost two years, and the third tour to feature both ‘ALYCIDON’ and ‘TORNADO’, recreating the chance to travel on the East Coast Main Line behind a ‘Deltic’ and A1.
Full details concerning the trip and how to book can be found on the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust website by CLICKING HERE.
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 ‘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.
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 ‘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 http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R53317/2014/11/27/advanced 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 http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R00732/2014/11/27/advanced , while 55002′s move (oZ02) takes place this evening, and are detailed at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R36034/2014/11/27/advanced
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.
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.
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 email@example.com . 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.
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.