DPS on the main line

2017 outings

Hull & Leeds Executive
Hull & Leeds Executive

Revisiting some more past routes, D9009 stands at Hull with this Pathfinder trip on May 6.

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Hull & Leeds Executive
Hull & Leeds Executive

The Hull & Leeds Executive also took in some diversionary routes, seen here during a stop at Spalding.

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Hull & Leeds Executive
Hull & Leeds Executive

Back on the blocks at Kings Cross.

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Welsh Central Liner
Welsh Central Liner

June 17 saw ALYCIDON work a tour over the scenic Central Wales line. Here it waits at Llandeilo for a unit to clear the single line.

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Welsh Central Liner
Welsh Central Liner

Stood at Llandrindod Wells during a leg stretch stop.

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Welsh Central Liner
Welsh Central Liner

Leaving Shrewsbury, where passengers had a break, with the empty coaching stock.

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Welsh Central Liner
Welsh Central Liner

Deltics are thirsty! Here D9009 takes fuel at Coton Hill.

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Welsh Central Liner
Welsh Central Liner

At Gloucester prior to running round for the trip back to Burton.

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Bluebell move
Bluebell move

The NRM's D9002 and D9009 at Colton on October 4, heading for Barrow Hill then the Bluebell Railway for the DPS 40th anniversary event.

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Swanage Belle
Swanage Belle

D9009 ran from Burton to Swanage and back on October 21, here it is on the apprach to Corfe Castle. (Nick Prior)

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Swanage Belle
Swanage Belle

The return of the Swanage Belle pauses at Cheltenham Spa on the return leg. (Henry Thomas)

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Knottingley
Knottingley

An Open Day took place at Knottingley on October 28, D9009 attended the event and is seen at South Milford on its way from York.

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DB Cargo Freight
DB Cargo Freight

After anappearance at Knottingley depot open day the previous day, D9009 was used to haul 14 wagons from Milford Sidings to Neville Hill on October 29. Here it is waiting to leave Milford. (Pete Stojanovic)

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DB Cargo Freight
DB Cargo Freight

Another view of the DB Cargo wagon move, this time at Castleford.

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Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise
Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise

Re-living the York-Liverpool turns, D9009 stands at York on December 30.

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Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise
Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise

Passing Blackburn with Pathfinder's trip to Liverpool. (Guy Middleton)

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Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise
Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise

Upon arrival at Liverpool Lime Street. Note the original headboard, as carried in 1981.

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Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise
Trans-Pennine Deltic Reprise

Back at York, before the loco returned to the NRM.

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Trans Pennine Deltic Lament
Trans Pennine Deltic Lament

This is what was being re-created - this shot at Liverpool is dated December 27 1981. (Craig Oliphant)

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2016 outings

Light engine after repaint
Light engine after repaint

After repainting by RVEL, D9009 ran from Derby to York on February 22. This was its first main line working in blue since January 2, 1982.

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Deltic Borderer
Deltic Borderer

D9009 heads towards Stow on the Borders Railway on April 9. (Jack Beeston)

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Deltic Borderer
Deltic Borderer

Pathfinder's 'Deltic Borderer' at Edinburgh folllowing its trip to Tweedbank. (Graham Clarke)

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Deltic Borderer
Deltic Borderer

D9009 stands at York on April 9 following completion of its duties on this tour. (Graham Clarke)

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Deltic Borderer II
Deltic Borderer II

Hitting the magic 100 mph. (Graham Clarke)

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Deltic Borderer II
Deltic Borderer II

After a sell-out first trip, we did it again on June 18! D9009 heads for Tweedbank. (Alexander Cromarty)

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Deltic Borderer II
Deltic Borderer II

The tour’s destination is reached. (Graham Clarke)

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Crewe to York move
Crewe to York move

Following display at the DRS Open Day at Crewe, D9009 ran to York on July 27, seen just a few miles short of its destination.

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2015 outings

Bluebell move
Bluebell move

D9009 and 55019 visiting the Bluebell Railway in April 2015, the pair seen here leaving Doncaster on April 14. (Pete Stojanovic)

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Golden Jubilee Pullman
Golden Jubilee Pullman

Running light engine from Kidderminster to Southall and carrying the winged thistle, D9009 is seen at Standish Junction. (Duncan Jennings)

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Golden Jubilee Pullman
Golden Jubilee Pullman

D9009 hauled the ‘Golden Jubilee Pullman’ on May 16, the first appearance of a ‘Deltic’ at the head of the British Pullman train for a number of years. This is it arriving at the Severn Valley Railway from London Victoria. (Graham Clarke)

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Golden Jubilee Pullman
Golden Jubilee Pullman

As the sun sets, D9009 is captured at speed on the Great Western Main Line at Denchworth. (Mark Lambert)

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Golden Jubilee Pullman
Golden Jubilee Pullman

The return working is seen at London Victoria. (Graham Clarke)

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Torbay & Dart Explorer
Torbay & Dart Explorer
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Torbay & Dart Explorer
Torbay & Dart Explorer
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Torbay & Dart Explorer
Torbay & Dart Explorer
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Torbay & Dart Explorer
Torbay & Dart Explorer
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Torbay & Dart Explorer
Torbay & Dart Explorer
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Torbay & Dart Explorer
Torbay & Dart Explorer
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Torbay & Dart Explorer
Torbay & Dart Explorer
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White Rose
White Rose

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust used D9009 for the northbound leg of its 'White Rose' tour on July 7, seen here at Huntingdon. (Steve Smith)

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Eurostar move
Eurostar move

On August 5, D9009 was used with WCRC’s 57314 to move a ‘Eurostar’ power car from the Network Rail depot at the former York Carriage Works to the National Railway Museum. – certainly the first time a ‘Deltic’ has hauled a ‘Eurostar’! (Gary Smith)

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2012-2014 outings

The Elizabethan
The Elizabethan

D9009's first main line run for nine years - at King's Cross bound for Edinburgh,

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Eidyn Burgh Scot
Eidyn Burgh Scot

D9009 at Manchester Victoria with this Crewe-Edinburgh excursion on April 6 2013.

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Eidyn Burgh Scot
Eidyn Burgh Scot

With the headcode blind having been damaged north of Durham after the loco hit a pheasant, D9009 roars through Chester-le-Street. (Bryan Sherrington)

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Eidyn Burgh Scot
Eidyn Burgh Scot

'The Eidyn Bugh Scot' emerges from Melkridge Tunnel just east of Haltwhistle. (Keith Kirkland)

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MHR convoy move
MHR convoy move

Hauling 37901, 33109, 20087 and D1501 from the East Lancs Railway to the Mid Hants Railway on April 24 2013. (Ian Stafford)

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The Elizabethan
The Elizabethan

Ready to depart York with 'The Elizabethan' which it worked from Edinburgh to King's Cross on June 11 2013.

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Mazey Day Cornishman
Mazey Day Cornishman

With repairs to D1015 taking a little longer than expected, D9009 stepped in to work the Mazey Day Cornishman, seen at Penzance.

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Mazey Day Cornishman
Mazey Day Cornishman

Another view at Penzance, with the loco ready for departure back north to Tame Bridge.

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NYMR main line
NYMR main line

NYMR main line on September 14 2013 - D9009 became the fourth Deltic to reach Whitby (the others being 55002, 55019 and 55022).

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NYMR main line
NYMR main line

An abortive attempt to reach Battersby on September 14 2013. This was where the loco stopped owing to a bridge strike ahead of the train. (Stuart Page)

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NYMR convoy move
NYMR convoy move

On September 17 2013, the convoy move from Grosmont to Kidderminster stands at Battersby, where D9009 ran round the two diesel hydraulics. (Stuart Page)

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NYMR convoy move
NYMR convoy move

Passing Shipton, D9009 hauls D821 and D1062 from the NYMR to the SVR on September 17 2013.

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Winter Settler
Winter Settler

D9009 arrives at Derby from Barrow Hill, prior to hauling Pathfinder's 'Winter Settler' tour to Carlisle on December 28 2013. (Alan Whincup)

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Winter Settler
Winter Settler

Classic Deltic exhaust was produced as the train departed from Derby for Carlisle on Decemebr 28 2013. (Alan Whincup)

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Winter Settler
Winter Settler

Now in its stride, D9009 is seen near Duffield on December 28 2013. (Philip Tann)

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Winter Settler
Winter Settler

Classic S&C country. With Ribblehead viaduct in the background, 1Z55 passes Winterscales n December 28 2013. (Simon Cholmondeley)

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ELR to NRM move
ELR to NRM move

On November 27 2014, D9009 took 55019 from the ELR to Barrow Hill before then running to the NRM, seen here at York. (Ian Beattie)

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2005 outings

Thales Flyer
Thales Flyer

Following bodywork attention over the previous year, 55019 stands at King's Cross with the 'Thales Flyer' bound for Edinburgh.

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Thales Flyer
Thales Flyer

55019 stands at Edinburgh after arrival from London. Unfortunately an engine governor fault meant a Class 67 had to haul the train back to London.

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Festival of the Sea
Festival of the Sea

July 2 saw 55019 work a tour from Preston to Havant (for the Festival of the Sea at Portsmouth) and on to Salisbury. The tour is captured at Crewe next to what was then a new Pendolino.

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Festival of the Sea
Festival of the Sea

55019 at Salisbury before the train went for servicing.

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Fusilier Farewell
Fusilier Farewell

In snowy conditions, the train pauses at Sheffield en-route from Derby to York. (Glyn Brocklesby)

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Fusilier Farewell
Fusilier Farewell

55019 approaches York at Colton South Junction (Malcolm Braim)

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Fusilier Farewell
Fusilier Farewell

The train arrives at York, the final pick-up point. (Brian Russell)

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Fusilier Farewell
Fusilier Farewell

Shortly after departure from York the train heads West at Colton (Malcolm Braim)

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Fusilier Farewell
Fusilier Farewell

Heading for the Pennines, the train passes through Church Fenton. (Oliver Turner)

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Fusilier Farewell
Fusilier Farewell

55019 powers through Slaithwaite. (Ian Allcroft)

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Fusilier Farewell
Fusilier Farewell

After arrival back at York, the two engines give the characteristic 'V'sign.(Mike Joy)

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Fusilier Farewell
Fusilier Farewell

A short stop was made at Sheffield for passengers to disembark. (Phil Needham)

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Fusilier Farewell
Fusilier Farewell

A view after arrival at Derby where the train terminated. (Bob Peach)

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DPS Freedom of Scotland - 2003

Preston
Preston

D9009 stands at Preston prior to departure at 11.50 on June 22nd. (David Russell)

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Crawford
Crawford

The tour passes over Crawford Bridge on the West Coast Main Line. (Euan Thomson)

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Edinburgh
Edinburgh

The train arrives at Edinburgh Waverley. (Nick Chada)

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Edinburgh
Edinburgh

At Edinburgh, DPS Railtours Officer Guy Middleton had arranged for a piper to be playing when the train departed. This shot was taken just before departure. (Tim Holden)

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Dalmeny
Dalmeny

55019 approaches Dalmeny, just south of the Forth Bridge. (Stevie Wakefield)

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Markinch
Markinch

With 55019 now leading, the train is captured near Markinch. (Angus Thomson)

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West Ferry
West Ferry

West Ferry is the location of this shot of the train heading for Aberdeen. (Jamie McEwen)

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Arbroath
Arbroath

Continuing north, 55019 is seen at Arbroath. (Jim Ramsay)

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Aberdeen
Aberdeen

Upon arrival at Aberdeen, passengers enjoyed an evening's break before continuing north. This was No. 19's second visit to Aberdeen in preservation, the loco having operated a special there whilst operating with VSOE in 1999. (Martin Gallacher)

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Thurso
Thurso

After an overnight journey over the Far North line, the tour reversed at Georgemas Junction and headed for Thurso. D9009 was at the north end, and thus became the Deltic to have travelled the furthest north.

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Wick
Wick

The tour then ran back to Georgemas Junction for a stop before continuing to Wick. 55019 is seen partially under the trainshed roof. (Michael Prince)

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Forsinard
Forsinard

The train then returned down the Far North line as far as Dingwall. At Forsinard, some complex manouvres had to be undertaken to allow two trains to pass the tour, which was too long for the station loop. In the above view, the train returns to the station.

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Invergordon
Invergordon

Further south, this shot shows the train near Invergordon. (Lynn Adamson)

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Dingwall
Dingwall

Back in BR days, nobody could have imagined a Deltic would be seen at locations such as Dingwall. D9009 poses next to the station sign. The train reversed here for the journey to Kyle. (Mark Lyons)

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Kyle of Lochalsh
Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle of Lochalsh, and the train is captured shortly after arrival.

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Dalwhinnie
Dalwhinnie

Day 3 - view of the train south of Dalwhinnie. (Lynn Adamson)

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Dunkeld
Dunkeld

Still on the Highland Main Line, D9009 climbs away from Dunkeld. (Michael Mather)

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Perth
Perth

The train departs Perth, passing the former site of Perth MPD. (Michael Mather)

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Stirling
Stirling

Heading south, a view of the train at Stirling. (Alastair Blackwood)

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Cardonald
Cardonald

The train traversed the 'City Union' line through Glasgow, rarely used by passenger trains, before joining the main line from Glasgow to Ayr and Stranraer. Shortly after joining the main line, D9009 passes through Cardonald station. (Grant Fleming)

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Stranraer
Stranraer

Stranraer was reached around 15 minutes early. From here, 55019 took charge of the train for the journey back to the Glasgow area and then on to Fort William.

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Morar
Morar

Day 4 - An early morning view as D9009 departs Morar en route for Mallaig. (Paul Robertson)

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Mallaig
Mallaig

Arrival at Mallaig was at 06.45, and the train was greeted by a piper. There was much local interest in the train, and several shops had opened up early especially for the tour.

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Mallaig
Mallaig

At the opposite end of the train was 55019 which hauled the tour back to Fort William after a break. (David Russell)

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Loch nan Uamh
Loch nan Uamh

On the return from Mallaig, 55019 crosses Loch nan Uamh viaduct. (Paul Robertson)

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Glenfinnan
Glenfinnan

A dramatic backdrop as the train approaches Glenfinnan. (Nige Paine)

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Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Viaduct

The train restarts from Glenfinnan Viaduct. (Alastair Blackwood)

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Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Viaduct

Another view of the viaduct. Passengers on board enjoyed breakfast between these two points. (Paul Robertson)

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Horse Shoe Curve
Horse Shoe Curve

Scottish scenery at its best! After reversing at Fort William, the train headed south to Crianlarich. This is the train heading into the Horse Shoe curve. (Mark Lyons)

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Horse Shoe Curve
Horse Shoe Curve

A little further on, the train rounds the curve. (Paul Robertson)

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Ben Dorian
Ben Dorian

With Ben Dorian in the background, D9009 heads towards Upper Tyndrum. (John Jarman)

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Dalmally
Dalmally

With D9009 at the rear of the stock, the train crosses Dalmally viaduct over Loch Awe. (Paul Robertson)

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Oban
Oban

Some of the more energetic tour participants strolled up the hill to McCaig's tower, and this gave a chance for an unusual photo. (Tim Holden)

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Oban
Oban

During the 1980s, many of the Class 37s which operated to Oban carried a West Highland Terrier emblem. One of these made a temporary guest appearance on the tour, and the 'Deltic Dog' is seen here on 55019 at Oban. (David Russell)

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Dalrigh
Dalrigh

A view of the return journey, seen at Dalrigh near Lower Tyndrum. (Paul Robertson)

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Crianlarich
Crianlarich

After reversing at Crianlarich, the train head back to Fort William for the night with 55019 in charge. (Angus Thomson)

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Fort William
Fort William

No railtour of this magnitude would be complete without a 'seminar' shot. Prior to departure from Fort William, a large proportion of the tour's participants pose with D9009.

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Achladder
Achladder

A view taken at Achallader on the last day as the train returns to Preston. (Paul Robertson) Close

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Craigendoran
Craigendoran

Coming off the West Highland Line, D9009 arrives at Craigendoran Junction. (Gary Lennon)

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Coatbridge
Coatbridge

55019 brought up the rear of the train for the whole of the return journey to Preston, seen here passing Coatbridge Central. (Gary Lennon) Close

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Preston
Preston

At the end of the five days, the tour participants pose at Preston for a seminar shot. (Guy Middleton - using shutter delay!)

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2003 - other outings

Steamy Affairs
Steamy Affairs

Having run light engine from Barrow Hill earlier in the day, D9009 stands at Old Oak Common on May 16 with the coaching stock for a Steamy Affairs trip from Ashford to Newcastle tour.

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Steamy Affairs
Steamy Affairs

Arrival at Newcastle, and two generations of ECML power stand side by side. (Ian Dobson)

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Steamy Affairs
Steamy Affairs

The return leg to Ashford, and D9009 awaits departure from York. (Richard Senior)

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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross

The DPS ran a tour from Newcastle to King's Cross on June 7, recreating the days of the 'semi-fast' workings which were hauled by Deltics in their final years, by using a set of 8 air-conditioned Mark 2 coaches provided by Fragonset Railways. This is the ECS heading north the previous day.

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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross

Two miles south of Newcastle, at 07.25, 55019 clears its throat. (Terry Owens)

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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross

Passing a northbound GNER service, the train runs through Durham non-stop. (G Middleton)

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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross

Between Doncaster and Peterborough, the train took the diversionary route regularly used by the Deltics when they were in British Rail service. 55019 passes Gosberton (about 5 miles north of Spalding) on the outward leg. (Guy Erwood)

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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross

Less than three miles from the tour's destination, 55019 passes through Finsbury Park station. (Tim Holden)

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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross

An added bonus for participants was the appearance of 9016 at Kings Cross. The DPS tour provided the Porterbrook liveried Deltic with its first visit to Kings Cross since its return to main line operation, the loco being used for the ECS movements to Bounds Green and back. Although the appearance of 9016 on this working had been planned by Merlin Rail several weeks previously, most people were unaware of this until the morning of the tour.

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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross
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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross

55019 is captured inside GNER's depot at Bounds Green where the train was serviced during the break in London. (Nigel Hutchison)

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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross

With everyone back on board, 55019 departs Kings Cross at 18.35. (Nick Drew)

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19 to King's Cross
19 to King's Cross

On Sunday June 8th, 55019 and the coaching stock returned from Newcastle to Barrow Hill. This working is seen passing Church Fenton. (Richard Starkey)

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Earl Bathurst move
Earl Bathurst move

In preparation for its steam gala, D9009 was used to collect GWR Castle 5051 and its support coach from Didcot and move it to Barrow Hill on July 9. (Richard Senior)

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Doncaster Plant 150
Doncaster Plant 150

On July 26th/27th, Wabtec at Doncaster opened its doors to the public, as part of the Doncaster Plant event. D9009 and 55019 were among the many exhibits on display. The Deltics worked from Barrow Hill to Doncaster (Wabtec) on Monday July 21st, hauling three electrics which are all owned by or in the custodianship of the AC Loco Group, one of the DPS's "neighbours" at Barrow Hill. The consist is seen at Greenfield Lane Bridge at Doncaster. (Bob Peach)

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Doncaster Plant 150
Doncaster Plant 150

The return movement to Barrow Hill took place on July 30th. Here the convoy is captured at Ferryboat Lane, Mexborough. (Keith Beaumont)

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Prototype move YK-BH
Prototype move YK-BH

September 12 2003 saw 55019 used to move the prototype 'DELTIC' and other locos from the NRM fleet from York to Barrow Hill. Here 55019 shunts D6700 and D200 ready for the transit move.

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Prototype move YK-BH
Prototype move YK-BH

The convoy, comprising D8000, D6700, DELTIC and D200 plus two coaches for brake force, passes Meadowhall. (David Garnett)

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Prototype move YK-BH
Prototype move YK-BH

The train was looped or stopped on several occasions for pathing purposes. In this view, the train waits for the signal at Tupton, south of Chesterfield. (Ian Dobson)

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Prototype move YK-BH
Prototype move YK-BH

Some three hours later, the convoy finally arrives at Barrow Hill. (Ian Dobson)

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2002 outings

DPS Silver Jubilee
DPS Silver Jubilee

A tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of the DPS, taking 'RHF' from Kings Cross to Edinburgh with a full rake of blue/grey coaches. The headboard for the outward journey was a replica of the original Silver Jubilee headboard, constructed by DPS volunteer Nigel Paine. This close-up shot was taken prior to departure fromKings Cross. (Nigel Paine)

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DPS Silver Jubilee
DPS Silver Jubilee

North of Peterborough, the tour climbs Stoke bank on April 13. (Phil Needham)

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DPS Silver Jubilee
DPS Silver Jubilee

ue to the early arrival at York, there was time for a photostop under the station roof. Wearing the Sliver Jubilee headboard which was carried by Deltics when they hauled the train of this name in 1977, the loco awaits departure. The loco had its headcode panels plated over and carried numbers at both ends, representing its condition in 1977. (Alistair Beadle)

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DPS Silver Jubilee
DPS Silver Jubilee

nother view at York, this time 'wide angle' showing the station roof. Who would have imagined in 1982 that 20 years later that they would see this sight? (Gary Thornton)

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DPS Silver Jubilee
DPS Silver Jubilee

The crowds gather at Edinburgh Waverley, shortly after arrival. (Andy Brown)

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DPS Silver Jubilee
DPS Silver Jubilee

On the return leg, the train is seen just south of Carstairs, about to cross Float viaduct. (Gary Lennon)

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DPS Silver Jubilee
DPS Silver Jubilee

he train stands at Peterborough. Unfortunately, the loco had developed an AWS fault just before Grantham, and although this was rectified by the on-board DPS engineer in about 2 minutes at Peterborough, the decision being taken by the railway authorities to place 56120 on front of the train and haul it to Kings Cross. Thanks to everyone for their understanding and support - from the feedback received, people still considered it a great day with over 750 miles of Deltic haulage. (Gareth Griffiths

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Battersby
Battersby

At Battersby on September 6 en-route for the NRM, where a call was received requesting hire of 55019 for the next day. (Richard Senior)

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Shipley
Shipley

In preparation for the DPS tour on September 6, D9009 ran to Carnforth. With the NRM's Western in tow (bound for the Severn Valley Railway), the loco passes through Shipley. It had been planned that 55019 would also be in the convoy, but a last minute request from Rail Charter Services for the loco to work another railtour saw the loco uncoupled at York and run light engine to London instead. (Ian Dobson)

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Bristol tour
Bristol tour

Commencing at Preston, the tour picked up at Bolton and Manchester Victoria before running across the Hope Valley route. The final pick up in the north of the country was Sheffield, where there was enough time for a quick photo stop. (Tim Rogers)

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Passing Deltics
Passing Deltics

An historic event - D9009 and 55019 about to pass each other for the first time on the main line in preservation. Who would have suggested, in August 1982 when the DPS acquired the locos, that just over 20 years later, the locos would be passing on the ECML, both doing almost 100 mph! (Paul Furtek/DPS)

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Bristol tour
Bristol tour

D9009 blasts through Newark, back on 'home ground'. (David Burton)

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The Elizabethan
The Elizabethan

55019 storms through Doncaster with the Past Time Rail charter for Edinburgh. 55019 worked the tour as far as York on the outward journey, where it was replaced by a loco from an earlier ECML generation - A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa. Unfortunately, owing to problems, 55019 was called to assist the A4, and the tour only got as far north as Alnmouth. (David Cooper)

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Bristol tour
Bristol tour

After covering the southern half of the East Coast Main Line, D9009 skirted round London to cover the Great Western line which runs out out of Paddington. Here the train is seen at Walton St Lawrence, near Twyford. (Tim Farmer)

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Bristol tour
Bristol tour

Another view of the train heading towards Bristol, this time at Shrivenham. (Paul Eccles)

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Bristol tour
Bristol tour

Passengers on board the DPS tour enjoyed a 90 minute break at Bristol while the loco was refuelled. This is the train at Bristol shortly after arrival. (David Russell)

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Bristol tour
Bristol tour

The return leg was via Bristol Parkway and then back along the GWML to the London area before tackling the Midland Main Line, the first Deltic on this line to Leicester. (Tim Farmer)

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The Elizabethan
The Elizabethan

While D9009 was heading north over the Midland Main Line, 55019 was at York on the return leg of "The Elizabethan". Wearing one ofthe DPS headboards, the loco awaits the run south. (Nick 'IE071')

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2001 outings

Glasgow Central
Glasgow Central

After power unit repairs, D9009 returned to service in August 2001. In advance of its riltour later that month, the loco undertook a loaded test run from Glasgow to Carnforth on August 2, which was the empty coaching stock movement of a private charter which had worked from Cardiff to Glasgow. The picture below shows D9009 at Glasgow Central prior to departure. Out of view at the rear was DNLL's D9000 Royal Scots Grey which had hauled the charter from Cardiff. (Simon Hartshorne)

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DPS S&C Tour
DPS S&C Tour

The S&C circular tour ran on August 11 and started at Preston. Here, it passes through Leyland on the West Coast Main Line. (Lawrence Clift)

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DPS S&C Tour
DPS S&C Tour

The train is seen travelling at speed as it passes Milford Sidings. This black and white shot of a green Deltic on maroon stock has a very 1960s feel to it - only the headlight is a giveaway! (Jason Cross)

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DPS S&C Tour
DPS S&C Tour

D9009 leaves Carlisle with the ECS, which was stabled at Carlisle Kingmoor whilst the loco was refuelled. (Gary Thornton)

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DPS S&C Tour
DPS S&C Tour

Just over an hour later, Alycidon returns from Kingmoor ready for the return journey. (Gary Thornton)

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DPS S&C Tour
DPS S&C Tour

The train arrives at Shipley, the first set down point. As the tour was running late, the train then ran direct to Manchester and not via York as planned. (Gill Dobson)

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Great Yarmouth tour
Great Yarmouth tour

The society's second tour of 2001 took us to Great Yarmouth, and used both D9009 and 55019. With D9009 in charge, it arrives at Wakefield Kirkgate. (Chris Wittham)

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Great Yarmouth tour
Great Yarmouth tour

On the East Coast Main Line, D9009 is captured at Grantham. (Jason Cross)

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Great Yarmouth tour
Great Yarmouth tour

55019, which had been visiting the Nene Valley Railway, was added to the train at Peterborough. It took over as power from Ely following a reversal, after the Ely reversal, and is seen passing Wymondham South Junction, the junction for the Mid Norfolk Railway. (Copyright Steve Allen)

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Great Yarmouth tour
Great Yarmouth tour

A view at Great Yarmouth, shortly after arrival. It was wet! (Tim Hinchcliffe)

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Great Yarmouth tour
Great Yarmouth tour

In pouring rain, 55019+D9009 wait to depart Great Yarmouth - the first double headed Deltics on the main line in preservation. At least one member's camera suffered a failure due to an intake of water! (Nick Joyce)

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Great Yarmouth tour
Great Yarmouth tour

With 55019 leading D9009, the return leg is captured between Norwich and Wymondham. (Bob Reed)

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Great Yarmouth tour
Great Yarmouth tour

Lastly, a view at Preston, the tour's final set down point. The locos returned to Carnforth with the coaching stock the following day. (Tim Hinchcliffe) Close

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1999-2000 'The VSOE Years'

Test Run
Test Run

55019's first test run took place on May 8 1999, with Black 5 45407. The train heads through the fast lines at Crewe, bound for Castleton. (Clive Elverstone)

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Test Run
Test Run

The convoy passes Mills Hill. (Ian R Dobson)

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Test Run
Test Run

Following a failure the previous week, D9009 made another test run on May 20th, operating without any problems and gaining full main line certification. Here it leaves Crewe, with 55019 tucked behind as a back-up. (Clive Elverstone)

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May 22nd
May 22nd

Described as 'Deltic Saturday', this event saw D9009 and 55019 both work from King's Cross to York and back on their first main line passenger runs since 1981. Here is D9009 back at King's Cross. (Clive Elverstone)

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May 22nd
May 22nd

55019 'on the blocks' at King's Cross having brought the ECS in. (Clive Elverstone)

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Footex to Wembley
Footex to Wembley

On May 30 1999, VSOE operated a train from Manchester to Wembley in connection with a football match, hauled by D9009 and 55019 in top/tail mode. The ECS is seen passing Sandbach en-route from Crewe to Manchester. (Clive Elverstone)

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British Pullman
British Pullman

On its first British Pullman working, No 9 heads North up the ECML at Castle Hills Junction on June 12 1999. (Richard Senior)

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British Pullman
British Pullman

No 9 heads North at Waitby on the S&C on June 13 1999. (Richard Senior)

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Regency Rail Cruises
Regency Rail Cruises

VSOE ran a monthly York-Carlisle 'Regency Rail Cruises' dining special on Wednesday's during 1999 and this was Deltic-hauled on most occasions. The September 15th train is seen here at Brighouse. (Richard Senior)

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Regency Rail Cruises
Regency Rail Cruises

55019 passes 'Promised Land Lane' on the outskirts of Chester on June 11th with a Regency Rail 'Dalesman' special. (Clive Elverstone)

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DPS Stirling tour
DPS Stirling tour

July 17 saw DPS run a tour from Crewe to Stirthe gave members the opportunity to travel behind both our locomotives at a bargain fare of just £19.50. The train was hauled by D9009 from Crewe to Newcastle, 55019 Newcastle to Stirling and back, then D9009 to Crewe. Between Crewe and Newcastle, 55019 was included in the train formation (as dead load) as a means of positioning the loco to take up its leg of the tour. The photo above shows the train awaiting departure from Crewe. (Clive Elverstone)

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Regency Rail Cruises
Regency Rail Cruises

55019 worked a Welsh Marches tour from Liverpool to Hereford and return on July 7th. Above, the train awaits departure from Lime Street station. (Tony Kirkham)

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Edinburgh Tattoo
Edinburgh Tattoo

Regency and Pathfinder ran a joint weekend tour to Edinburgh Tattoo from Bristol on August 14/15 1999. The train is seen at Crewe. (Ralph Barrett)

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Regency Rail Cruises
Regency Rail Cruises

On September 15 1999, D9009 stands at Carlisle following arrival from York. with a "Settle & Carlisle Discoverer" excursion. (Richard Senior)

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Labour Party conference
Labour Party conference

On September 26th/28th 1999, VSOE/Riviera Trains operated special trains to the Labour Party Conference at Bournemouth. This view shows D9009 at the rear of the ECS for the first of these workings. D9009 hauled the outward journey and 50017 the return. (Clive Elverstone)

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British Pullman
British Pullman

On November 9th 1999, Alycidon hauled the VSOE British Pullman set on a special from Manchester to Harrogate. The loco departs Poppleton on the first of two trips round the Harrogate circle that day. (Richard Senior)

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Regency private charter
Regency private charter

A private charter ran on November 13th 1999 using the Regency Rail dining set, captured at Shrewsbury with Alycidon at the head of the train. (Richard Senior)

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Regency Rail Cruises
Regency Rail Cruises

On November 27th, D9009 worked a Regency train from Stafford via Shrewsbury and Chester to Edinburgh. This photo shows the charter at Frodsham - the first ever Deltic to pick up there! (Tim Rogers)

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Northern Belle
Northern Belle

In May 2000, VSOE relaunched its operation in the north of England under the 'Northern Belle' name. This is a shakedown run from Manchester to Berwich on May 24. (David Russell)

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Northern Belle
Northern Belle

June 3 saw 55019 work from York to Waterloo on the 'Northern Belle Millenium Experience'. The train was service at Clapham Junction yard.

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Northern Belle
Northern Belle

In October 2000, EWS took over the operating side of the Northern Belle, resulting in the Deltics no longer being used. This is the penultimate Deltic-hauled trip, from Manchester to Grantham, passing Doncaster on October 5. (Carl Looker)

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