Thank you so so much for a fantastic day you deserve a huge pat on the back for putting on such a stunning event and what a massive tribute to your Father. I wish I had met him he sounds a really marvellous gentleman.
I had it in my mind before the day that we would travel to Kings Cross and return at a rather sedate pace, but my god Alycidon was given her legs and did not disappoint, what actually was the top speed 105,110? It certainly felt very fast.
The whole day was a nostalgic trip back to my childhood in the early sixties and brought back so many memories and sounds.
Thank you so much once again. Bring on the next trip count me in!
Hi Marcus, I would just like to say how much we enjoyed the trip to King's Cross, everything was spot on and you certainly did
your father a great tribute, and he'd he would be very proud of you. I enjoyed reading about his life and he certainly was a remarkable man.
Thank you once again for a fantastic trip.
John & Elsa R
Just a quick note of thanks from myself and my son, Andrew, who were part of Tim Rodger's party on Saturday, for all your hard work. It's been a long time since we traveled on such a well organised train, with such a convivial atmosphere.
You can be rightly proud of what you achieved.
Many thanks once again,
Marcus and Brian
Thank you for planning such a fantastic tour. My Dad, brother and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Plenty of 100mph running. The noise/air from the droplights and vestibules, combined with the Mk1 sway, gave a greater sense of speed to say that of being sat in a Mk4. Loops/stops didn’t drag (as I’ve experienced on other tours). It was nice of you to meet the customers too. I said hello to Jock. My Westie has done a load of train related things and has his photo taken in cabs, but he’s not been behind a Deltic to London!
As requested I’ll send some pictures and I’ll look forward to hearing about your next tour.
Marcus, and Brian.
Just fantastic and thanks to all involved. It seems to me the smaller operators pay more attention to detail than the established ones which leads to a better tour.
It ain’t easy and very frustrating from the start. However, keeping an eye on things usually means a cracking day out.
Basically a fantastic tour all round!
It's often said simplest is best and this was the case on Saturday - a blast from Newcastle to KX and back with no branch lines, loco changes, reversing or anything else. From the stewarding, SRPS stock, drivers and atmosphere on board, everything was spot on.
The loco was a credit to the DPS and that was probably about the best run I've had off a Deltic, and I include that with the 20 I had in BR service!
Everything dropped right on the day, even the normally OTT station staff at KX were spot on! The departure from London, with the loco pretty much on full power until we were nearly in Hertfordshire will live long in the memory. The oft-maligned train planners should take some credit too, with everything running like clockwork with the planned loop stops, and not forgetting their efforts to re-platform other stuff at Newcastle on the return trip to allow us a straight run in.
In short, Carlsberg don't do railtours, but if they did....!!
Good to meet you too and glad it all worked out.
I'll put some photos upon my Flickr site but have attached a couple from my camera phone.
Hi Marcus and Brian,
Thank you once again for organising the Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter. Roaring through the countryside sounding like a World War II bomber while passing lanes and bridges lined with people taking photos and waving is something I will never forget. The journey from Edinburgh Waverly to London Kings Cross took about 7 hours, yet they passed like minutes. Someone in the carriage with a Satnav clocked us at 104mph!
Please keep me posted if you organise another one!
Marcus/Brian. Again a fantastic day out.... well organised and a joy to be there. Can't wait for the next one.
Cheers John E.
I really couldn't fault Saturdays railtour. I don't think it could of gone any better. Great performance from the Deltic. Well done and thank you to all the 52A Tours team for all your hard work. It was worth it!.
Good Morning Marcus,
I would just like to say thank you for last Saturday's tour, we certainly appreciate just how much effort must have gone into the day. It was a fantastic day and also good to meet you and put a face to a name. Hope you manage to organise another tour - a Liverpool or Manchester departure would be good for us! Please find attached a few of the many photos I took on the day.
Just to say a big thank you to yourself and all responsible for organising such a brilliant tour. I had a fantastic day. The whole day was faultless with some amazing running with Alycidon.
Your Dad would have been looking down and very proud of you sir.
Here`s to the next tour.
Take care and see you soon.
Hi Marcus. Thank you for the fantastic day and what a day to remember you’re dad - he would have been proud of you. The sound, departure and speed of the Deltic brought back memories for me. Thank you, and look forward to the next one with you. Stephen A.
I would like to thank you both for the hard work that you both did organising what was yet another superb tour and a fitting tribute to Albert Gilmour.
I personally like to travel on as many Deltic tours as possible but I particularly enjoy the ones on their old stamping grounds. The SRPS stewards were superb particularly the guys serving the breakfast which must be a challenge in itself, and I look forward to the next tour with you.
All the best.
Thank you for an wonderful day on Saturday. We had such a great experience. From the staff introducing themselves, to you when you walked through the train and remembered our conversation and wishing Nev, happy birthday. It’s those little touches that make it more special.
I will sort out what photos we have and get permission from those taken going through retford at full speed.
Look forward to the next one
June and Nev W.
Ten maroon MK1's hurtling along the ECML pulled by a Deltic doing what it was built for. And me with a seat in first class with a glass of wine. Rail tours don't get any better than this! Many thanks to all involved for their obvious efforts. I will certainly be a repeat customer for tours originating in Scotland. I wish you all success for the future and look forward to seeing you again
Hi Marcus ,
I must congratulate you and everyone involved in the tour , what a wonderful tribute to your late father , the whole trip was just like a step back in time. We had all the windows open in coach B!!! And I even told my poor mum to stop talking so I could just sit and listen to the soundtrack !!! Sounds and sights I will always remember , as I child when I saw my first Deltic in 1978 with my dad , who has since passed over ,but like yourself the sound of Napier’s at full tilt always brings the memories flooding back, and many thanks for making this possible for us all, and to your late great dad Albert we salute you .
Nick and family
Great to meet you last Saturday. I can’t imagine the effort (I can actually though!) you guys put in to organise this event.
From joining at Waverley 0500 to returning at 2230, my Dad (older than me obviously and remembers steam and early Edinburgh – London KX diesel operations, and even the HST will be heritage very soon on this route but still iconic also) and I had a great time on the trip. Old memories, great railway places to pass through, great scenery (Alnmouth is always my favourite), relaxed but enthusiastic atmosphere if you get me.
We even managed a trip on HS2 to Stratford, DLR, in/out of Liverpool St on a new Crossrail set to return to KX – many new activities but nothing beats the older diesel running even given my age.
Much appreciation to SRPS - carriages were superb and ran elegantly to say the least from a heritage set, DB, and dare I say it NR (even though they wouldn’t let us leave Newcastle early – the 67 did Newcastle to Edinburgh in 90 minutes dead.
The Deltic running was superb and presented beautifully, and without the guys sitting adjacent you’d never have known we were getting up to a ton. A couple of my photos attached for record (mobile phone unfortunately)
Thanks and congratulations for a great day out. A great tribute to your Dad.
I will look out for future 52A events
Your personal welcome to the tour was much appreciated and the day was fantastic! I came on the tour with my partner Andrew and what a wonderful day we had. All your hard work paid off, and without putting pressure on you, we would look forward to another tour sometime in the future.
Thank you for an epic day out, it didn’t really sink in until Sunday what we actually did. My first time behind a deltic and ended up rocking along at 104 mph, unreal. The day was made even more special by sharing your table and your emotions for the whole journey, ( I was sat next to the window ) .I think it’s safe to say if another trip should become available 2 seats will definitely be in danger (as long as I get to know). I hope the rest of the tour from York back up north went as well as it started and well done for organizing such a great trip.
I would just like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the 'Albert Gilmour Memorial Charter' on Saturday 16th June. Thank-you very much to yourself and to all those involved in making it such a memorable day.
Thank-you also for making sure I got back to Linlithgow.
As a young boy growing up in the Highlands of Scotland in the late seventies/early eighties I never got the opportunity to ride behind a Deltic and I could only dream about this.
On Saturday 16th June you made my dreams come true!
So thank-you very much for taking on the big role of organising such a fantastic railtour. Your dad would have been very proud of you.
I am sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you on Saturday. Did you make it through coach D? I did think it must have been you standing with your foot on Alycidon's buffers at Newcastle!
Hopefully there will be another opportunity in the future.
Attached are some photos from Saturday. I was particularly pleased to see the period headcodes rather than the usual 'Z'. Alycidon looked and sounded magnificent.
Many thanks for organising the trip. Anna and I absolutely enjoyed the trip to London. We have been on a few and this was the best by a long way.
Keith and Anna
All I can say is what a brilliant day it was - one of the best rail tours I've done for sure.
Thanks for organising such a great day, and you did your Dad proud
Brilliant day out. Can't fault the actual tour but the only thing was the earlier departure time from Newcastle in the morning compared to the original advertised provisional timings meant that I couldn't connect from the first service train from Manchester at Newcastle, so had to join the tour at Durham for fewer Deltic miles. The return connection was OK to Newcastle though! Was like the re-run of Get Carter! Fabulous high speed running.
Not your fault as I guess DB/network rail confirmed the timings really late? But I guess in the future they should try and do this sooner.
Looking forward to your 2019 tour!
Dear Marcus and Brian,
Cheers for a fantastic day with D9009 Alycidon. Also thanks go to the volunteers from the DPS SRPS and DB cargo lads too.Thanks from Dave and John, we really enjoyed our day and look forward to another super day. Thanks Buddy.
Very nice trip!
Thank you for Saturday
Good morning Marcus
I enjoyed the tour to King’s Cross on Saturday very much. There was some fantastic running by Alycidon and the sound effects were superb. Congratulations on organising such a successful tour it ranks amongst the best Deltic tours I have travelled on since BR days and I have been on quite a few!
It was a fitting memorial to your Dad.
Thanks for a great Deltic trip on Saturday. I brought along the wife and my mother, and the day was full of memories of how it used to be. Thanks again. Trevor S.
Excellent tour, fantastic, a great tribute to your dad, I'm sure he would be smiling down from the shed up there, Loco's performed first class. A great day, my grandson loved it, even my wife enjoyed it, praise indeed.
Thank you for one amazing day, I went into this tour with high expectations and it far surpassed those expectations. From the pure noise and power of the Deltic to the comfortable and spacious seat on the tour to the scenery along the route, all of which were good. I also had fun talking to the Deltic Preservation group members onboard about the locomotive as well as our driver Paul Lindley on the return journey about how it was up front (wishes I was there too!) We even arrived at KIng's Cross 11 minutes or so early! Another credit to the power of the Deltic. Once again thank you for the amazing experience of being behind a Deltic as this was my first railtour that was hauled by a Deltic.