The Winter Settler – timings now available

Timings for Pathfinder’s “Winter Settler” tour featuring D9009 are now available, and we are pleased to advised that the loco will now haul the train from Derby rather than Sheffield, providing some additional ‘Deltic’ haulage in the morning. The train picks up and sets down as follows:

Crewe 07:00/23:39, Stafford 07:30/23:14, Wolverhampton 07:52/22:57, Walsall 08:09/22:41, Tamworth 08:52/22:03, Burton 09:06/21:49, Derby 09:46/21:31, Chesterfield 10:14/21:01, Sheffield 10:32/20:12.

D9009 is timed to work the train as detailed below:

Derby dep 09.46, Chesterfield 10.12/14, Sheffield 10.29/32, then via Doncaster/Hambleton/Leeds (11.31)/Skipton (12.23)/Appleby (13.32) to Carlisle arr 14.12.

Carlisle dep 15.35, then via Hexham (16.26)/Durham (17.21)/York (18.15-37)/Doncaster (19.05) to Sheffield arr 20.12.

The DPS Sales Stand will be located in coach A, and there will be a raffle on board. Anybody wishing to book on the train should do so by visiting Pathfinder Tours website at http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html or by calling Pathfinder on 01453-835414 or 01453-834477

 

D9009 performance article in ‘TRACTION’ magazine

In addition to the feature on the DPS depot mentioned a few days ago, the December 2013 issue of ‘TRACTION’ also included a feature on D9009′s performances on its recent outings. We are pleased to be able to offer members and friends the opportunity to see this article, and a pdf file can be downloaded by clicking here. Please note that this and the other feature on the DPS depot are low resolution files, and as such are not as high quality as the printed page – see http://www.atlanticpublishers.com/magazines/traction/ if you would like to obtain a printed copy.

Once again, our thanks go to the editor of ‘TRACTION’, Stephen Rabone, for allowing us to reproduce this article.

Finally, if you would like to check out D9009′s performances yourself, remember that the loco is booked power for Pathfinder’s ‘Winter Settler’ on December 28th – please visit http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html for more details or to book on the tour.

 

DPS article in ‘TRACTION’ magazine

Many of you will no doubt have seen the excellent article by Trevor Bruford on the DPS depot at Barrow Hill, which appeared in issue 216 of ‘TRACTION’ magazine. We are now pleased to be able to reproduce the article here, courtesy of the magazine’s Editor, Stephen Rabone. It is published in PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking the link here .

For more details of ‘TRACTION’ magazine, including details of how to subscribe or to obtain a back copy of issue 216, please visit the magazine’s website at http://www.atlanticpublishers.com/magazines/traction/

New DPS Sales Catalogue available

With Christmas around the corner, why not take a look at the new DPS Sales Catalogue which has just been released? We have a number of new items including D9009 travel mugs and tins of sweets and there are plenty of other items which would make ideal presents. The catalogue can be downloaded by clicking here.

Alternatively, if you are shopping online for other presents or goods, just visit http://www.spendandraise.com/thedps/ and follow the links through to the hundreds of retailers listed – from Amazon to BHS to WH Smiths. We earn a small commission fro purchases made in this way, and it costs you nothing extra.

D9009 returning to Barrow Hill tomorrow

Following its visit to London Midland’s depot at Tyseley for tyre turning with Class 40s D335 and 345, D9009 ‘Alycidon’ is booked to return to the DPS depot at Barrow Hill tomorrow. The convoy is due to leave Tyseley at 10.26 and run via Derby to Barrow Hill, arriving at 12.19. The Class 40s will then continue back to the East Lancashire Railway, where 345 should be in action on the diesel diagram on Saturday. Full timings for the move with D9009 and the two 40s can be found at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R37432/2013/11/08/advanced

Members of the DPS engineering team have been busy today preparing D9009 for tomorrow, and the picture below shows Alex Williams and Stuart Page at Tyseley in front of the loco. Thanks go to Ben Williams for the picture.

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Lastly, a reminder to everyone that D9009′s next booked outing is on December 28th, when it will be used on Pathfinder’s ‘Winter Settler’ railtour – for more information, and to book, please see http://www.pathfindertours.co.uk/index.php/tour-calendar-reader/events/the-winter-settler.html

D9009 undergoes tyre turning at Tyseley

D9009 ‘Alycidon’ ran as planned yesterday, hauling the Class 40 Preservation Society’s D335 from the ELR to Barrow Hill before the pair ‘hitched a lift’ behind another Class 40, 345, to Tyseley. This was 345′s first main line outing for three years, and we wish our colleagues in the CFPS the best of luck for future main line operations with the ‘Whistler’ which looks stunning in its early 1970s colour scheme.

Earlier this afternoon, D9009 was put on the wheel lathe at Tyseley for tyre turning. The pictures below, courtesy of David Ruddick, show firstly the loco waiting its turn:

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The loco moved onto the wheel lathe later, as seen below:

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All three locos are due to return north on Friday 8th November, with 345 providing traction again. D9009 will be dropped off at Barrow Hill, with the two Class 40s then returning to their base at the East Lancs Railway. The convoy is due to leave Tyseley at 10.26 and full timings are available at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R37432/2013/11/08/advanced

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/

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