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D9009 launched in 1968 blue

Today saw the official launch of D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ in 1968 BR blue livery at RVEL, Derby. Our thanks to Avocet Travel Management for sponsoring the repaint and RVEL for carrying out the work and accommodating the launch. The picture above, taken by Chris Reed, shows the loco outside at Derby – more pictures are on our Facebook page (see link to right) and will appear here shortly.

Mike Birkinshaw

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of another former DPS committee member and volunteer, Mike Birkinshaw, who lost his battle with cancer earlier today. Mike served on the committee as Financial Secretary between 1992 and 2002, and was heavily involved in negotiations with VSOE in 1998 which saw two of our locos return to the main line the following year. He was also one of the society’s drivers, and drove all three of our Deltics at many railways all over the country. Our condolences go to his wife, Linda, and family.

Obituary – David Carter

It is with deep sorrow that we have to announce that former DPS Chairman David Carter passed away on October 7th. Stuart Page writes:

It is with great sadness to announce the passing away of David Carter, who was the first Deltic Preservation Society Chairman. David was involved at a unique stage in the development of the DPS and became the first Chairman on October 25th 1980, a position which he held until April 22nd 1983. Other duties he undertook over the years included Railtours Officer, organising tours like the North Briton and the Deltic Salute, a duty continued by wife Vera Carter.  He was also the local coordinator for the North East, constantly campaigning for press coverage around the Cleveland area over the years, providing much interest to the local residents who discovered what a Deltic was.

We offer our sincere condolence to all his family and friends.

Severn Valley Railway gala

A reminder that tomorrow (Saturday 4th October) is the third and final day of the Severn Valley Railway’s Diesel Gala, which brings with it the chance to ride behind 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ on its last booked working at the SVR following its 2014 visit, and also the opportunity to ride behind D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ as well. The two locos are expected to depart for the ELR on Wednesday 8th October (confirmation and timings to follow).

The booked workings at the SVR tomorrow are:

D9009: 09.10 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 12.06 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 16.11 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 18.25 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.
55019: 11.05 Kidderminster-Bewdley, 11.56 Bewdley-Kidderminster, 12.59 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 16.06 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, 18.25 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, 20.20 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

The DPS Sales Stand is located on the concourse at Kidderminster, Darrell and the team will be delighted to see you.IMG_0053

The picture above shows 55019 at the gala earlier today, waiting to depart Kidderminster with the 09.55 for Bridgnorth.

Volunteer’s View – 09/08/14

Another report from Graham Clarke this week, with some progress on the society’s spare power units:

It’s been a productive day at Barrow Hill. More work has been done on fuel tanks by Mike and Tom. They are not far from completed. There are still some retaining studs missing, the engine connections to sort out and a balance pipe that’s just too short. In the power unit store, Unit 439 has been turned a little for the first time in many years. Unit 419 has been primed with oil, but is not wanting to turn yet. More oil will be pumped in next week. Hopefully it will free off once the oil soaks through. I’ve been marking up wiring diagrams with the cables that have been replaced to work out what needs testing. I’ll be starting in earnest next week. There are now some engine room light fittings too. Thanks to the midweek volunteers, Darrell, Beth and Pete.


Deltic followers get-together: Friday 11 April

With many Deltic enthusiasts expected to be in the area advance of 52A Tours’ Deltic Aberdonian railtour with 55002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’ on Saturday 12 April, DPS member John Herbert has arranged a social get-together the previous evening in Brigantes Bar & Brasserie in York. All are welcome from 18.00 onwards. (To find Brigantes, turn right outside the main station entrance, follow the road round to Micklegate traffic lights/crossroads, turn left and through Micklegate Bar and it is approx 100 metres on the left.)

We wish our friends in the KOYLI Group at the NRM all the very best with the loco’s first main line passenger trip since 1981.

D9009 arrives at Carlisle on “Winter Settler”

Following a good run over the S&C with mixed weather (sun and rain) D9009 arrived at Carlisle a few minutes early on Pathfinder’s “Winter Settler” tour, and is seen below awaiting departure to the sidings in order to run round for the return journey back to Sheffield via the Tyne Valley and East Coast Main Line.IMG_6030

Return of 55019 to Barrow Hill

Following its visits to Grantham and Doncaster, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ is understood to be returning to Barrow Hill tomorrow (Tuesday 17th September). Departure from Doncaster is planned for 11.50 and timings are at

In addition, as previously mentioned, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is due to haul D821 and D1062 back to Kidderminster from the NYMR on the same day. Wednesday 18th September should also see the NRM’s 55002 in action on a York-Mid Norfolk Railway move – a busy period for Deltics!

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