Looking a little weather stained, the stand-in New Measurement Train, formed from the London end 67027, 9523, 6262, 72631, 975091 and 67023 departs from Dawlish Warren on 15 January 2021 with the Dawlish Warren to Paignton leg of train 1Q18, 06.11 Reading Triangle to Paignton via Penzance and Dawlish Warren.
166210 down Dawlish Warren, 2T21 13.57 Exmouth to Paignton 15 January 2021.
I try to time my half hour walk every day with some form of train to photograph on the close section of the sea wall. Today, 14 January 2021, perfect low winter sun, a non passenger train and time for a walk fell together well, to capture 6W60 the 07.25 St Erth to Westbury empty auto-ballaster set, 'top and tailed' by Nos. 66109 and 66059. The light was some of the best I've seen in weeks. No. 66059 is a slightly interesting '66' as its fitted with an extra nose end light and coupling modifications for banking trains up the Lickey incline.
166214 down Dawlish, 2T14 10.23 Exmouth - Paignton 14 January 2021.
Another little bit of Dawlish Sea Wall history made today, 13 January 2021, when the first Class 165/1 two-car 'Turbo' traversed the wall, when set No. 165128 operated the training runs. It is seen running adjacent to King's Walk as train 5Z51, 08.28 Exeter depot to Goodrington carriage sidings. In the past we have had a two car Class 165/0 involved in tests way back when they were introduced, 165/1 three cars on gauging and 166s in passenger service, but before today, never a two-car Class 165/1.
In 40 years in Dawlish, this is the first time ever ive just found one car in Marine Parade, perhaps at last the people have come to terms with what a lock down is! On 12 January 2021, DBC red liveried Class 66s Nos. 66167 and 66020 'top and tail' train 6W55, the 11.59 Westbury to St Erth with another 10 auto ballast wagons between. It was a bit dull.
166207 down Dawlish, 2T21 13.57 Exmouth - Paignton 12 January 2021.
On 11 January 2021, DB Class 66s Nos. 66125 and 66059 'top and tail' 10 auto-ballasted wagons through Dawlish as train 6W50, the 11.59 Westbury to St Erth, but was terminated/recessed at Newton Abbot Hackney Yard after hitting the axle detector at Exminster. Good to see 66159 still carries its as built EWS branding and animal head logos.