D9009 move to Tyseley – November 4th

D9009 ‘Alycidon’  is scheduled to leave the East Lancashire Railway on November 4, when it will haul the Class 40 Preservation Society’s No. D335 to Barrow Hill, where the pair will join up with No. 345, all three locos then running to Tyseley for tyre turning. This leg will be hauled by No. 345, which is making its first main line outing for over three years – a welcome return of a Class 40 to the main line.

D9009+D335 are booked to leave Castleton on the ELR at around 08.00 on Monday, arriving at Barrow Hill at 10.52. The pair of locos, hauled by 345, should then depart for Tyseley at 13.40, arriving at 16.40. Full timings can be found at:

(ELR-BH) http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R37430/2013/11/04/advanced

(BH-TS) http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R37431/2013/11/04/advanced

 

‘Tulyar’ lift at DPS depot

Following the arrival of a new set of bogies for D9015 ‘Tulyar’ last week, the loco was lifted at the DPS depot yesterday to enable its worn bogies to be removed and also to allow work to continue on the traction motor cabling. It will also permit more underside work to be carried out.  The loco now stands on a set of jacks in the DPS depot.

In the photo below, supplied by Graham Clarke, three of those involved in the lift (Alex Williams, Graham Clarke and Ray Ekins) stand in front of the loco after a hard day’s work.

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New bogies obtained for ‘Tulyar’

The DPS is pleased to announced that a set of cast bogies, which it is hoped will be capable of 100 mph operation after overhaul, have been acquired from CF Booth at Rotherham and arrived at Barrow Hill earlier today. The bogies, which will be put under D9015 ‘Tulyar’ in due course, have been exchanged for a scrap pair which have been sent away for scrap.

The pictures below show delivery of the new items, which are very important in completing the overhaul of D9015. Special thanks go to the Barrow Hill team for their support and assistance.
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Arriving from Booth’s scrapyard.

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After unloading.

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Stood outside the DPS depot after being shunted across.

D9009 in action at ELR with D9016 tomorrow

Following its move earlier this week from the Severn Valley Railway, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ should be in service at the East Lancs Railway tomorrow, sharing the diesel diagram with D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’, this being the second weekend running where there is the opportunity to ride behind two Deltics. D9009 is booked to operate in the morning, with D9016 taking over for the afternoon runs. More details regarding the day’s activities can be found on the Royal Scots Grey website at http://royalscotsgrey.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/friday-saturday-at-the-e-l-r/

D9009 movement SVR to ELR – Monday 7 October

Following its appearance at the Severn Valley Railway for the line’s diesel gala, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ is due to head north to Bury tomorrow, in readiness for its use alongside D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’ on a Driver Experience Day on Friday 11 October. D9009 will be ‘dead in tow’ on this move, which will be hauled by the NRM’s 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ – 55002 will continue with D6700 back to York after dropping off D9009 (and 37109) at the ELR.

The convoy is due to leave Kidderminster on the SVR at 09.12, arriving at Castleton at 14.52 prior to moving on the the ELR. 55002 will then return to York. Full timings can be found at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U50699/2013/10/07/advanced

Thanks to everyone who supported the Severn Valley Railway gala, the picture below shows D9009 in action on the 12.59 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth on October 5th after emerging from Bewdley Tunnel. Thanks go to David Griffiths for supplying the photo.

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Severn Valley Railway gala

The Severn Valley Railway’s diesel gala starts on Thursday and runs for three days, with D9009 ‘Alycidon’ participating on Friday and Saturday. Booked workings for the loco are:

FRIDAY: 12.37 Kidderminster-Bewdley, 13.35 Bewdley-Kidderminster, 14.35 Kiddermister-Bridgnorth, 16.54 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster.

SATURDAY:11.05 Kidderminster-Bewdley, 11.56 Bewdley-Kidderminster, 12.59 Kiddermister-Bridgnorth, 16.06 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster , 18.25 Kiddermister-Bridgnorth, 20.20 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster

Other ‘Deltic’ action will be provided by the NRM’s 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ on all three days, and full details of KOYLI’s workings and the full loco roster can be downloaded from http://www.svr.co.uk/pdf/Gate%20Leaflets/DieselGala%202013%20final.pdf

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The picture above shows D9009 at Kidderminster on the SVR, shortly after its arrival on September 17th. (Stuart Page)

“Barrow Hill Live” this weekend – September 28/29

This weekend sees the “Barrow Hill Live” event taking place, and there will be plenty to see for Deltic followers. A guest Deltic, in the form of the NRM’s 55002 ‘The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’, will be present, as well as our own D9015 ‘Tulyar’ undergoing restoration and 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’. The DPS depot will house a modern traction layout, ‘Deepcar’, and there will be a 5″ gauge model of the prototype DELTIC on display.

For those coming by public transport, there will be a free bus service from Chesterfield station, as well as a train service covering the connection into the event (price £6 return, plus admission). For more details, please see download the flyer at http://www.barrowhill.org/links/barrowhilllive.pdf

In addition, if you are in the area on the evening of Friday September 27th, why not join the Deltic enthusiasts who are having an informal get-together at the Corner Pin pub in Doncaster from around 6pm onwards.

D9009 – “The Winter Settler” Saturday 28th December

We are pleased to advise that D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ has been hired by Pathfinder Tours to work “The Winter Settler” tour to Carlisle on Saturday 28th December. Subject to availability, the loco will haul the train from Sheffield to Carlisle and back, outward via the S&C and return via the Tyne Valley and ECML. The tour starts at Crewe, and will be hauled via the Midlands by a Class 67 to/from Sheffield, with D9009 running light engine from Barrow Hill to Sheffield to take over the tour.

For more details, and to book on the tour, please visit the Pathfinder Tours website at http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html

D9009 moves to Severn Valley

Following its appearance at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway diesel gala last weekend, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ took the two visiting Diesel Hydraulics, D821 ‘GREYHOUND’ and D1062 ‘WESTERN COURIER’, back to the Severn Valley Railway today. The picture below shows the convoy at Shipton, north of York.

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D9009 will remain at the Severn Valley for the line’s Diesel Gala, which is on October 3-5. The loco will be operating on two of the days (October 4 and 5), and details of its booked workings will follow shortly.

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 http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U50714/2013/09/17/advanced

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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