Excursion Details

The Deltic Deviator - NEW

29/09/2018

Images courtesy of Mark Latham.

Saturday 29th September, 2018

 

GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES WITH D9009 ‘ALYCIDON’, EXPLORING OLD BRITISH RAIL DIVERSIONARY ROUTES PLUS A RUN OVER THE FAMED SETTLE & CARLISLE LINE.

 

Deltic D9009 ‘Alycidon’ has proved to be a popular and reliable heritage diesel locomotive at the head of the small number of special trains it hauls each year over the national rail system. Therefore, Pathfinder Tours is delighted to sponsor this excursion around the north east and northern fells, taking the locomotive back over both old diversionary routes as well as the scenic Settle & Carlisle Line.

 

The day starts class 68 hauled from the pick up stations through to York, where ‘Alycidon’ will back on ready for the task ahead. Under way, we head north over the east coast ‘racetrack’ to Northallerton, then via Yarm and north Tees-side to reach the Durham Coast diversionary route, which is traversed to Newcastle. Once over the River Tyne we continue north but just as far as Morpeth, to then take the Blythe and Tyne diversionary route back to Newcastle to once again cross the River Tyne, the course of which is followed west through Hexham and Brampton (another Deltic diversionary route) before dropping into the Border City of Carlisle for an afternoon break of several hours.

 

Relaxed, refuelled and refreshed we restart our homeward run by taking the famed yet graded Settle & Carlisle Line, which we traverse in full before reaching Skipton and the Aire Valley route, via Keighley, to Leeds. It then just leaves ‘Alycidon’ to race back to York to complete the days circular itinerary of the east coast diversionary routes plus a much requested southbound Settle & Carlisle run for D9009. With the class 68 re-attached, the evening sees our special train return to joining stations to complete a marvellous day.

 

Pathfinder Tours wishes to acknowledge the kind co-operation of the Deltic Preservation Society (D9009’s owners) in allowing their locomotive to work this excursion.

 

 

Estimated Timings    
Joining Stations

Depart

Return

Willington 0610 2245
Ilkeston 0645 2210
Alfreton 0700 2155
Chesterfield 0720 2135
Sheffield
0740 2115
Moorthorpe 0810 2045
York 0910 1945

 

 

Fares
Adult Junior Party of 4
Standard Class £99.00 £49.00
£372.00

First Class

£149.00 £109.00 £576.00
First Class Plus £165.00 £125.00 £640.00
Premier Dining £249.00 £209.00 £976.00

 

Private 'Table for Two' seats are available at a supplement of £30 per person in First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining.

 

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