Sundays passing. Sunday in Dawlish during the winter is usually quiet, but today (31 January 2016) this was shattered by a pair of powering Class 56s Nos. 56301 and 56098 hauling a rake of Great Western Railway HST stock as train 5S56, the 11.37 Laira to Kilmarnock. The train is seen storming through Dawlish station. The formation was somewhat unusual as it did not have a barrier vehicle on the rear.
70808 approaches Dawlish station on 31 January 2016 powering empty ballast hoppers as train 6C25, 09.25 Truro - Westbury.
Always nice to see a '60' on the Sea Wall. As a part of todays Dawlish Loco Hauled Gala event, Colas Rail Freight No. 60047 is seen emerging from Kennaway Tunnel with Cornish engineers train 6C22, the 13.02 Par to Westbury.
Where did the sun go! After a nice bright morning the dull returned to Dawlish on Saturday 30 January 2016 for train 7C21, the 08.53 Par to Westbury, powered by Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No. 70804 and formed of a crane and loaded ballast wagons.
Passing over the Dawlish Colonnade Viaduct and approaching Dawlish station, Colas Rail Freight Class 66 No. 66847 powers train 6C23, the 10.00 Par to Westbury loaded track section train on 30 January 2016.
LOST BOY FOUND ON DAWLISH SEA WALL---- Class 56 No. 56098 together with 56301 'Lost Boys 68-88' aopproach Dawlish station on 30 January 2016 powering train 5V56, the 02.32 Kilmarnock to Laira HST stock move formed of barrier 6330, HST cars 41089, 40810, 42310, 42504, 42221,42062, 42068, 44022 and barrier 6338.
Not a day for holiday makers to visit Dawlish, unless your a Class 70 fan!. Currently the last of the build, No. 70810 hurries west through Dawlish on 29 January 2016 powering train 6C24, the 11.45 Westbury to Truro Yard, formed of five loaded Network Rail ballast Wagons.
The return of the first green-liveried Class 150/2 on the Dawlish Sea Wall came out a bit better that I thought, showing the January nights are drawing out. 150232 leads a six-car set out of Kennaway Tunnel forming train 2F45, 16.12 Paignton to Exmouth, the 150/2 was to be detached at Exeter St Davids.
Just to record the railway history. The first Great Western Railway green-liveried DMU No. 150232 ventured along the Sea Wall for the first time on 28 January 2016, forming the rear two vehicles of the 14.24 Exmouth-Paignton (attached at Exeter). Taken almost direct into the sun, so sorry for quality.
What a difference a day makes with the weather in Dawlish, after yesterdays dull, its sunny today for the train of the day, Direct Rail Services Class 37s Nos. 37069 and 37609 hauling flask support cars 9428 and 9419 emerge from Kennaway Tunnel on 28 January 2016 forming train 5Z40, the 08.20 Keyham Devonport Royal Dockyard to Crewe, following delivery of a flask wagon to the dockyard the previous day.
37609 and 37069, train 6Z40 the 08.00 Crewe Coal Yard to Keyham is seen passing Dawlish formed of vehicles Mk2a BSO 9419, Flask KUA MODA95770 and Mk2a BSO 9428. 27 January 2016.
Well, the only thing to brighten a dull January day (26 Jan 16) in Dawlish is to see the bright colours of a Colas 70 (70801) heading west as OC49, 08.00 Westbury to Plymouth via Cornwall drivers route training special. Enjoy.
The highlight of the day on 22 January 2016 on the South Devon Sea Wall was Colas Rail Freight Class 60 No. 60047, running light before dawn from Westbury to Truro, the '60' collected RailVac vehicle KFA No. 709515004-8 and then formed train 6X54, 11.55 Truro to Westbury. In low winter sun the train is seen skirting the River Teign approaching Teignmouth Harbour at Shaldon Bridge.
Dear old 'Harry Patch', power car No. 43172 leads train 1A85, the 12.56 Plymouth to Paddington along the banks of the River Teign on the approach to Teignmouth Docks at Shaldon Bridge on 22 january 2016.
Passing Dawlish on 21 January 2016 is green-liveried Class 37 No. 37057, powering a Network Rail test train turning move (formed of vehicles 9701, 62287, 72631), train 3Z65, the 10.33 Exeter Riverside to Exeter Riverside via Laira and Plymouth. Never thought we would be lucky enough to get this on the wall in daytime.
Network Rail DBSO No. 9701 leads train 3Z65, the 10.33 Exeter Riverside to Exeter Riverside via Laira and Plymouth turning move (formed 9701, 62287, 72631) past Dawlish on 21 January 2016. Power is provided by green-liveried Class 37 No. 37057.
Network Rail DBSO No. 9701 leads train 3Z65, the 10.33 Exeter Riverside to Exeter Riverside via Laira and Plymouth turning move out of Kennaway Tunnel on 21 January 2016. Power is provided by green-liveried Class 37 No. 37057.
A slightly different view of Dawlish, only a limited number of things you can do with a light loco in crap light. On 21 January 2016, Colas Rail freight Class 70 No. 70801 heads west through the station forming 0C50, 09.11 Exeter Riverside to Exeter Riverside via Plymouth, Exeter and Plymouth. This was the second down run of the days trip.
On 21 January 2016, Colas Rail freight Class 70 No. 70801 heads east from Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish forming 0C50, 09.11 Exeter Riverside to Exeter Riverside via Plymouth, Exeter and Plymouth. This was the second up run of the days trip.
70801 passes Dawlish on 20 January 2016 forming the 08.05 Westbury (09.14 Exeter Riverside) to Exeter Riverside, via Plymouth, Exeter, Plymouth (route training) special.
And yet another Bristol 2015 green power car - we now have 4 at the latest count, Great Western must have ordered way to many overlays, or perhaps they don't know its now 2016. 43192 has now emerged into traffic carrying this pointless livery. Would have been far better to had applied the stylish GWG green to more power cars and sets, as lets face it, they are going to be working on GWG services for a long time. 43192 leads 1A87, the 14.13 Paignton to Paddington out of Kennaway Tunnel on 19 January 2016.
DB-S Class 60 No. 60019 passes through Yate station on 18 January 2016 powering the 05.00 Robeston to Westerleigh Oil Terminal loaded Murco oil train.
DB-S Class 60 No. 60059 passes through Yate station on 18 January 2016 powering the 11.35 Westerleigh Oil Terminal to Lindsey Oil Refinery empty Murco oil train.
Class 150/1 No. 150123 departs from its Yate stop on 18 January 2016 forming train 2M97, the 08.23 Southampton Central to Great Malvern service.
'Super Voyager' No. 221124 passes Yate station on 18 January 2016 forming train 1S43 the 06.28 Penzance to Glasgow Central.
321411 stabled in Doncaster West Yard, as three car set for ScotRail, 16 January 2016.
ADB965577 ex Class 40 snowplough stabled with three others in Doncaster West Yard. 16 January 2016.
185141 departs from Doncaster, 1B71 08.26 Cleethorpes - Manchester Airport. 16 January 2016.
Class 37 No. 37800 under restoration for Europhoenix at UKRL Leicester, 15 January 2016.
Class 37 No. 37800 under restoration for Europhoenix at UKRL Leicester, 15 January 2016.
Former Eurostar UK (EPS) Generator van No. 96371 under restoration for Europhoenix as a static generator vehicle at UKRL Leicester, 15 January 2016.
Class 56 No. 56098 restored to large logo grey livery and now sporting the Lost Boys 68-88 nameplate, outside UKRL Leicester depot, 15 January 2016.
37905 and 37884 pose on the fuel roads at UKRL Leicester depot, 15 January 2016.
56081 poses at UKRL Leicester depot, 15 January 2016.
Lost Boys 68-88
In 1968, when BR employed the first group of Fireman after the demise of steam, the new grade of Secondman, later Drivers Assistant was introduced, this grade continued until 1988 when the Traincrew concept was introduced. 'Boys' taken on in this era included a number of 'well-known' names of today, with many moving on from the footplate line of promotion to management, technical and other jobs within and outside the rail industry. Over the years this group has become known as the 'Lost Boys', mainly due to Former Exeter Secondman Nick Edwards (now a senior member of the DB-S traction team at Doncaster), Driver Robert Scot now with the Railway Operations Group and Chiltern Driver Steve Roast forming a small unofficial group. Originally a 'Lost Boys' headboard was made and carried by a few trains. On 15 January 2016 the group were honoured when UK Rail Leasing applied the cast nameplate Lost Boys 68-88 to Class 56 No. 56098 in a ceremony at the UKRL depot in Leicester. The plate was unveiled by Nick Edwards and Steve Roast. The images below show the unveiling and the cast nameplate.
UK Rail Leasing, Leicester Depot
Dellner Coupling fitted 37884
37884, soon to be joined by 37800, owned by Europhoenix and operated by Rail Operations Group (ROL) have been fitted with a drop-head Dellner coupling, installed at a compatible height for attachment to EMU and DMU stock. Inside the Class 37, brake translator equipment has been installed, thus allowing the locos pneumatic brake valve to be able to operate the electronic brakes of modern MU stock, eliminating the need to haul stock around the network in an un-braked mode. On the front of the 37 a jumper socket is provided which is used to connect to the train. The coupling is seen in its lowered position. The Dellner has been specially manufactured and is of a suitable strength to haul up to a 12-car formation. Other coupling heads such as BSI and Tightlock are also available.