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.


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


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.



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!

D9009 reaches Whitby on members day

The DPS members day, this year held as part of the NYMR Diesel Gala, saw D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ break new ground with a run to Whitby, the fourth Deltic to appear at the North Yorkshire resort. Unfortunately, the run to Battersby had to be curtailed just after Egton owing to a bridge bash by a road vehicle which also caused services between Middlesbrough and Whitby to be cancelled. The train had to return to Whitby, from where D9009 was able to take up the remainder of its booked diagram.

The photo below shows D9009 shortly after arrival at Whitby after hauling the 09.45 ex Grosmont.


The bridge bash is not expected to have an impact on the return of the convoy (D9009 hauling D821 ‘Greyhound’ and D1062 ‘Western Courier’) which is due to take place on Tuesday, departing Grosmont at 06.38. Full timings are available at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U50712/2013/09/17/advanced

55019 at Doncaster this weekend

Following on from the highly successful event at Grantham last weekend to mark 75 years since the record breaking 126 mph steam run, 55019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’ will be on display with 4468 ‘MALLARD’ at Freightliner’s Doncaster Railport this coming weekend (September 14th/15th). Please not there is no parking at the Freightliner site – a special shuttle bus will run from Doncaster Rail/Bus Interchange. For more details, please visit http://www.visitdoncaster.co.uk/sport_and_leisure/Mallard.asp

The two pictures below, supplied by Stuart Page, show the two locos at the Grantham event.


NYMR convoy with D9009

D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’ hauled the first leg of the NYMR convoy move today, first running light engine from the East Lancashire Railway to the Severn Valley Railway. At Kidderminster, it collected D821 ‘GREYHOUND’ and D1062 ‘WESTERN COURIER’ for the journey north to York, running early for much of the trip.  The photo below shows the convoy at Colton South Junction.


D9009 will continue north to Grosmont with D821 and D1062 early tomorrow morning, leaving the NRM around 06.00 and arriving into Grosmont at 09.29. Full timings can be found at http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U50711/2013/09/11/advanced

2013 Christmas Draw

We are extremely sorry, but due to an error, the full article about this year’s raffle does not appear in the current issue of Deltic Deadline.  The full article is reproduced below; including important information about what to do to enter the draw and other advice to help it run smoothly.  The draw itself is not affected in any way by the error and it will proceed as normal.
If anyone needs anything further, please contact me using the contact details inside the back cover of Deltic Deadline.

Thank you for you understanding and good luck.

Merry Christmas,

Graham Clarke


The draw will take place after lunch on the 11th of January 2013 at the Depot.

Our Society has had a busy and successful year, but we cannot rest on our laurels.  There will always be something new to challenge us and stretch us to achieve more than we have done before.  Alycidon needs keeping mainline certified, RHF needs keeping in good order for use on preserved lines (where it’s more accessible to members) and Tulyar needs completing.

To illustrate what I am describing, I’ll give some examples:

  • Alycidon needs some spare NRN radios, because GSM-R has not replaced NRN as envisaged and the old system is still needed ~ £500-£1,000;
  • Annual certification cost for mainline use ~ >£2,500;
  • Oil and Fuel filters ~ £400 per power unit;
  • Speedometer calibration ~ £400;
  • Overhaul of Tulyar’s new bogies ~ could be £50,000;
  • Generator and heavy service ~ £5,000 (2 needed for Tulyar);
  • Overhauled governor, fuel pumps and fuel injectors ~ >£6,000 per power unit, depending on condition and how quickly you want them;
  • And the list continues.

I suspect some will say we’ve got the begging bowl out again and roll their eyes.  I view it more that this Society would not exist and we would not be able to enjoy Deltics in the 21st Century without the generosity of our members and our many friends going right back to the park in Northhampton, where our three founder members decided it was possible to save a Deltic for the future and keep it running.  Hence, we keep asking for your support and I run this raffle every year.

We are now getting to a point in our engineering lifecycle, where we have to carry out some serious engineering on bogies and power units to allow us to move forward.  Therefore, fundraising is going to become even more critical than ever before.  We will have to invest in new facilities and contract to get some of the big jobs done that are beyond what we can do ourselves.  Also, if you know anyone who can help us with lifting equipment at the right price for our power units, please contact me.  There will be more information on this in the run up to next year’s AGM in York.  The strategy is being actively worked on at the moment.

So, please could I ask everyone to really try to sell as many tickets as possible this year?  If you can’t sell some tickets, then please could you think about doing some other form of fundraising?  Every little helps and everybody’s support is really appreciated.

Now some polite requests:

  • Due to legislation, tickets may only be bought and sold by persons who are at least 16 years old.  We will endeavour not to send tickets to members under 16.  However, if you are under 16 and receive any tickets, please pass them to an adult;
  • Please only send tickets to me: Graham Clarke, DPS, c/o 12 Baskin Lane, Beeston, NOTTINGHAM.  NG9 5GA.  Tickets sent to other DPS Officers often miss the draw and cause unnecessary work and expense;
  • Please make cheques payable to the Deltic Preservation Society and not me personally.  I cannot cash incorrectly made out cheques and tickets cannot be accepted without a valid cheque;
  • Please return your tickets, if you do not want them;
  • Please fully complete all of the counterfoils.  I cannot pay prizes to people, if I don’t know who they are!
  • Please make sure that you have enclosed payment for the tickets.   People do regularly forget to send a cheque with their tickets.

Where you have asked us not to, we endeavour not to send raffle tickets to you.  I apologise in advance, to those of you who object to receiving tickets.  If you feel that you should not have received them, please throw them away.  Thank you to the Editor and the team for packing the tickets with your copy of Deadline.  The raffle would not happen without their hard work.

Good luck and compliments of the season to you all!

Graham Clarke

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