D9009 completed another successful trip today, working Pathfinder’s ‘Deltic Deviator’ tour from York to Carlisle and back, covering a number of traditional Deltic diversionary routes (the Durham Coast, Blythe & Tyne and Newcastle to Carlisle) and returning via the Settle & Carlisle line. The picture below shows the train at Appleby on the return working during a photo-stop/leg stretch. D9009 is returning to Willington on the rear of the tour and then to Nemesis Rail at Burton.
D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ ran from Barrow Hill to York earlier today, and is now in position ready for tomorrow’s charter train working. The picture below shows the loco at Colton South Junction.
D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ is booked to run light engine from Barrow Hill to York tomorrow (Friday 28th September), in readiness for its appearance at the head of Saturday’s Pathfinder tour, ‘The Deltic Deviator’ to Carlisle via a variety of traditional Deltic diversionary routes. Departure from Barrow Hill is scheduled at 11.20 and full timings can be found by clicking HERE.
Full details concerning the trip, along with confirmed pick-up and set-down times can be found on Pathfinder’s website on THIS PAGE. A Class 68 will haul the morning/evening legs between Willington and York and full timings for the trup can be found at the following links: OUTWARD / RETURN . We look forward to seeing many of you on board or at the lineside.
Please note that the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s ‘Auld Reekie’ tour from Doncaster to Edinburgh on Sunday October 7th and featuring D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on the southbound leg, has been postponed and will now run on March 3rd 2019. For further information concerning the postponement, please see the Tornado repair update on the A1SLT’s website by clicking HERE. Full details concerning the trip can be found here HERE.
55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be operating for three days (Friday September 21st to Sunday September 23rd) as part of the Great Central Railway’s beer festival which features bars at Loughborough Central, Quorn & Woodhouse and Rothley. Booked workings for 55019 are:
Friday September 21st: 12.30/14.00/15.45/17.30/19.10 ex Loughborough, 13.15/14.45/16.30/18.15/20.00 ex Leicester North.
Saturday September 22nd: 12.00/14.00/16.15/18.00/20.00 ex Loughborough, 12.45/14.45/17.00/18.45/20.45 ex Leicester North.
Sunday September 23rd: 10.20/12.00/14.00/16.15 ex Loughborough, 11.05/12.45/14.45/17.00 ex Leicester North.
Further details concerning the event and links to full timetables for each day can be found on the Great Central Railway’s website by clicking HERE.
Following its run from Newcastle to King’s Cross at the head of the A1 Steam Loco Trust’s ‘Talisman’ railtour, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ returned to Barrow Hill from Wembley yesterday. The photo below, kindly supplied by Alisdair Anderson, shows the loco at Biggleswade on its way back north.
Pathfinder Tours has announced details of the first ‘Deltic’ hauled railtour of 2019, which will see D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ running as D9007 ‘PINZA’ on ‘The Waverley Re-Union’ tour to Tweedbank, marking the 50th anniversary of the colsure of the Waverley route. The last train, which was hauled by ‘PINZA’ (hence the renumbering/renaming for the day), ran 50 years ago to the day on January 5th 1969.
Pick-ups for the tour are Birmingham New Street, Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Crewe, Warrington BQ, Wigan NW, Preston and Carlisle. For full details and to make a booking, please visit Pathfinder Tours’ website by CLICKING HERE.
Despite a slightly late start from Newcastle, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ arrived at King’s Cross a few minutes early with the southbound leg of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s tour, ‘The Talisman’ this evening. The picture below, kindly supplied by Andrew Watts, shows the loco on ‘home territory’ after arrival at King’s Cross.
D9009 is due to return from Wembley to Barrow Hill tomorrow afternoon, and booked timings for this move can be found HERE.
This coming Saturday sees D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ work the southbound leg of ‘The Talisman’ railtour which runs from King’s Cross to Newcastle and back. Organised by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the tour was originally scheduled to feature 60163 ‘TORNADO’ on the northbound journey, but with the loco not yet back in traffic, A4 60009 ‘UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA’ will now be use – a ‘number 9′ in each direction! Further information regarding to tour, which still had a small number of seats available a few days ago, can be on the A1 Steam Loco Trust’s website HERE.
D9009 is booked to leave Barrow Hill for Newcastle light engine mid-morning on Saturday and timings for this can be found HERE. The return leg of the tour leaves Newcastle at 17.47, setting down at Peterborough (20.37), Stevenage (21.23), Potters Bar (21.46) and King’s Cross (22.09). Full timings are HERE.
Graham Clarke writes:
A joint update for the last two Saturdays. The steps were completed to the upper cabin by Ray and Dave.
Nat, Beth and Nigel continued with the restoration of 55008’s cab. It’s now looking much tidier both inside and out.
Steve prepared and primer painted the areas behind 55015’s buffers and the new inner jacking pocket doors.
I spent most of the day attending to a faulty driver’s safety device (deadman’s) system on D9009 that intermittently goes off when the loco is in engine only, which it shouldn’t. This then initiates an alarm call to the signaller on the GSM-R radio that you have to cancel very quickly. It found some dirty contacts below the master controller (power handle). I also cleaned all the others while the cover was off. It tested okay, but there’s nothing like real operational prove all really is okay! The photos show the contacts stripped down for cleaning and going through the sequence from off, through reverse to engine only and into forward.
Thanks to you all for your support.