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

The Winter Settler – Saturday 28th December

It is now less than two days until “The Winter Settler”, which is booked to be hauled by D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, runs. The loco is booked to leave Barrow Hill at 08.18, running to Derby where it takes over from the Class 67 which brings the train from Crewe. Timings for the light engine move can be found at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51905/2013/12/28/advanced

The tour leaves Derby at 09.46 and runs via Chesterfield and Sheffield (both pick-ups) then via Doncaster and Hambleton curve to Leeds and on to Carlisle, arriving at 14.12. Full timings for this leg are at  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51900/2013/12/28/advanced

After a break of just under 90 minutes in Carlisle, the train returns via the Tyne Valley, setting down first at York and then via Doncaster and is booked to run via Rotherham Central/Tinsley Junction/Woodburn Junction to Sheffield – new Deltic track perhaps? Timings are at  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51902/2013/12/28/advanced . At Sheffield, D9009 will be detached immediately, and the Class 67 attached to the other end of the train for departure via the ‘old road’ to Chesterfield and then on to Crewe. D9009 should return to Barrow Hill , running direct to Chesterfield first, and should be back on site before the tour passes Barrow Hill South Junction with the ’67′. Timings for the final light engine move are at  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U51907/2013/12/28/advanced

Lastly, a reminder that the DPS Sales Stand will be located in coach A, and among the items on sale will the ‘The Compendium of Deltics’ new DVD from Visions International.

New items from DPS Sales

We have a couple of new items in stock:

DVD – THE COMPENDIUM OF DELTICS

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A new DVD from Visions International. This 80 minute DVD features 100% archive footage from the 1970s and 1980s. Programme sections are: Meet the Cast ; Named Trains ; Under the Wires ; Light Engines ; White Cabs ; Selby Saturday ; Tours ; King’s Cross 73/74 ; The HST Age ; Pullmans ; The Heyday.

This DVD is priced at £19.95 plus £1.50 p&p. It will also be available from the DPS Sales Stand on ‘The Winter Settler’ tour hauled by D9009 on December 28th.

 

DB SCHENKER CLASS 66

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A Bachmann Class 66 (No. 66101) in weathered DB Schenker livery. Ideal for any modern layout. This is priced at £97.00 plus £4.50 p&p.

To order these (or any other Sales items):

1. E-mail sales@thedps.co.uk with details of the items you would like and your phone number. DPS Sales will then call you back for more details and to obtain your payment details.

2. Phone Sam on 01302-888100.

3. Post your order to: DPS Sales, 18 Kempton Drive, Dunsville, Doncaster, DN7 4QA.

Finally, we would like to wish all our members, friends and supporters all the very best for the festive period.

 

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

 

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