“The Forth Scot” cancellation – Monday 5th May

It is with disappointment that we have to inform members and supporters that we have been advised by Pathfinder Tours, the promoter of the train, that the ‘Forth Scot’ tour with D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ on May 5th has been cancelled. Regrettably, bookings had almost completely dried up in recent few weeks, and with the number of tickets sold somewhat short of break even, the decision was reluctantly taken to cancel the train.

As the traction provider for this train, the DPS would like to apologise for any disappointment caused by the cancellation of this railtour, which, as you will appreciate, is out of the society’s control.

DPS Committee Changes

As those of you who attended the AGM earlier this month will be aware, there have been some changes to the DPS committee. Samantha Hickson and Peter Kennan have both stepped down, and we would like to thank them both, and Peter’s wife Gillian, who has looked after Membership for the past few years, for all the work they have put in on behalf of the society.

We are pleased to advise that Rosemary Brain has offered to take over the Membership function, and can be contacted by e-mailing membershipATthedps.co.uk. The new address for membership matters is 2 Galway Road, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 7AY, and a membership form can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

In addition, Mike Birkinshaw, a well known name to many members, is taking up the position of Secretary, and can be contacted via secretaryATthedps.co.uk. We are still looking for somebody to look after the society’s books – if any member would be interested in taking this on, please contact Vice Chairman Jim Dedicoat on vicechairmanATthedps.co.uk or by phone as per the number in Deltic Deadline.

(Please change AT to @ in all the above e-mail addresses – it has been necessary to do this to reduce the amount of spam being generated by web crawlers.)

New D9009 gallery

D9009 had a successful weekend at the ELR on March 8th & 9th, undertaking all its booked workings at the diesel gala alongside the ELR’s home fleet. A gallery has been created to cover the loco’s workings on the line and and be found by clicking here.

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D9009 at Castlecroft on March 9th. (Stuart Page)

Forthcoming working parties at Barrow Hill

There will be midweek working parties at Barrow Hill from 10.30 to 17.00(ish) on the next three Wednesdays this month (12th, 19th and 26th). In addition there will be working parties every Saturday until the end of April, as well as the Easter Working Week which takes place the week after Easter (April 21st-25th). During that week, subject to numbers and RO availability, there will be working parties every day. Any members who are not regular volunteers at Barrow Hill, but would like to attend should contact DPS Volunteer Liaison Officer Mike Hallam-Rudd by e-mailing vlo@thedps.co.uk or by phone using the contact details in Deltic Deadline.

D9009 works ELR Driver Experience

Having run light engine from Barrow Hill to Bury yesterday, D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ undertook its first duty of 2014 at the ELR today, when it was employed on a Driver Experience course. The pictures below were taken by Stuart Page:

 

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Some of the team who enjoyed the Driver Experience take their pictures as D9009 runs round at Heywood.

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D9009 stands at Ramsbottom, ready for the final run of the day back to Bury.

For more information regarding the East Lancashire Railway’s Diesel Driver Experience courses, please visit http://www.elrdiesel.info/driver-experience

 

Timings for D9009 on Thursday 27th February

Timings have now been received for D9009′s light engine movement from Barrow Hill to the East Lancashire Railway on Thursday. Outline details are as follows:

Barrow Hill dep 10.20, Chesterfield arr 10.45/10.50 then via Edale, Romiley, Reddish North, Ashburys (12.07) and Brewery Curve  to Castleton (arr 12.49/dep 12.53) and then on to the ELR.

As is always the case with light engine movements, please remember that the train could run early or late.

AGM Update

We have been advised that 55002 ‘THE KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY’ will still be at Carnforth on Saturday pending a test run, which means that the planned tours of the loco before the AGM and after the lunch break will, unfortunately, not be able to take place. Guided tours of the NRM itself, which will hopefully include some ‘Deltic’ related exhibits, will still take place at 10.15 and 13.15 – if you are interested, please e-mail DPS Vice Chairman Jim Dedicoat on vicechairman@thedps.co.uk to reserve your place.

D9009 move to Bury

Movement of D9009 to the East Lancashire Railway for its visit is expected to take place on Thursday 27th February, leaving Barrow Hill around 10.30. More details should be available in the next few days.

DPS Annual General Meeting – Saturday March 1st

As members will be aware, the Annual General Meeting of the Deltic Preservation Society takes place at the National Railway Museum on Saturday March 1st. Doors open at 10am.  Entry is via the conference centre entrance (further up Leeman Road than the main entrance).  The meeting is being held in the Walker Suite. For those of you coming by car, you may park in the NRM car park and a gate code will be issued at the meeting so you do not need to pay.  Please remember the car park next to the museum is now private and you have to park on the opposite side of Leeman Road in the ‘new’ NRM car park.

There are museum tours at 10.15am and 1.15pm.  To book contact vicechairman@thedps.co.uk. At present, we are unsure if 55002 will be back at York by March 1st so the tours of KOYLI may not be able to go ahead.
You will be asked to register on arrival so please bring your membership card with you.  Papers will be issued to those registered for the meeting. The formal meeting begins at 11.00 and will be followed by a lunch break from around 13.00 to 14.00.
In the afternoon, there will be the Lord Nelson Memorial Lecture, a slide show ‘The DPS through the years’  followed by a Question & Answer session and the annual Auction. We expect the meeting to close at 16.30, but if you are booking advance tickets, please allow a little extra time in case we overrun slightly.

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