Letter: Special trip by Deltic locomotive

Locomotive D9009 Alycidon approaching Sowerby Bridge Station
Locomotive D9009 Alycidon approaching Sowerby Bridge Station

A rare visitor to Calderdale on Saturday, December 30 was former British Rail Class 55 Deltic locomotive D9009 Alycidon.

The Deltics were withdrawn from regular service at the end of 1981 and the very last Deltic hauled York to Liverpool service was pulled by Alycidon on December 27, 1981.

Unusually the train was diverted via Bradford, Halifax and Sowerby Bridge due to engineering works on the normal route.

Some 36 years later, Pathfinder Tours recreated the event by hiring Alycidon from the Deltic Preservation Society and putting on the Trans Pennine Deltic Reprise railtour.

This time the train travelled the route from Leeds to Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge on its way to Liverpool. The train is pictured approaching Sowerby Bridge.