august, 2019

03augAll DayThe Harrogate & Humber Deltic RepriseBack on its old stamping ground, D9009 Alycidon visits Harrogate, Kings Cross and Cleethorpes on this Saturday excursion

D9009 Alycidon eases gently into the platforms at Ashchurch Station, this was a pickup point along the Cross Country route with the train bound for Penzance. This is quite a unique event as this is the first Deltic to ever stop at Ashchurch station with a passenger train.

Event Details


This excursion was originally due to run on 11 May was re-dated to 3 August as D9009 Alycidon was undergoing repairs and was not going to be available on 11 May. However, although we had been led to believe by the Deltic Preservation Society (DPS) that D9009 ‘Alycidon’ would be repaired in time to haul to our train on Saturday, 3 August, we learnt (in late April) from them that this will not be the case and therefore we are cancelling the excursion on this date. It is hoped that The Harrogate & Humber Deltic Reprise will eventually run in 2020. Details will be announced once the locomotive is fully repaired and we hope that you will be able to join us.

For two decades the 3300hp 100mph Deltic diesels were the mainstay of the fastest and heaviest trains on the routes from London Kings Cross to York and Leeds, taking in Harrogate and Cleethorpes amongst other places. Our train travels over a variety of those routes, and some where the appearance of a Deltic would have turned heads.

D9009 Alycidon heads the train from the start, via Derby and Sheffield to York, then via Harrogate, Leeds and on to Doncaster. Then it is main line to ‘The Cross’ (Kings Cross), for an afternoon break of about 2 hours, before the return north. At Newark we turn east to Cleethorpes, for a short stop. A Class 68 will then haul the train to a reversal at Ulceby, with D9009 resuming command for the return journey through Doncaster and Sheffield to Derby and Willington.

‘Table for Two’ seats are available at a supplement of £35 per person in First Class, First Class Plus and Premier Dining

*Premier dining not available from this station.

Motive power is expected to be Class 55 diesel D9009 ‘Alycidon’ courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society. A D.R.S. Class 68 will assist in the Cleethorpes area.

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