It was almost dark by the tine the NMT stand-in reached Dawlish Warren during the afternoon on 20 November 2020. Colas Rail Freight Class 37 No. 37099 with vehicles 96609, 1256, 999550, 6261 with No. 37254 on the rear (below), forms train 1Q18, 06.11 Reading Triangle yard to Paignton via Penzance and Dawlish Warren, seen approaching and departing from Dawlish Warren on the leg from Penzance, above pic is reverse formed.
It was a bit grim for the stand-in NMT on 20 November 2020, thankfully the livery gave some form of colour. Colas Rail Freight Class 37 No. 37254 leads vehicles 6261, 999550, 1256 and 96609 with 37099 hanging on the back with train 1Q18, 06.11 Reading Triangle yard to Paignton via Penzance and Dawlish Warren, seen heading west at Dawlish.
Could this be one of the last times the Aberthaw to Moorswater cement operates?, we understand the train is about to finish with closure of the Aberthaw and Moorswater terminals, time will tell. On 18 November 2020, No. 70807 passes along the sea wall, now with neat cladding on the inner face, with train 6C35, 05.33 Aberthaw - Moorswater.
A 'newby' for Dawlish on 15 November 2020, was when large logo rail blue and yellow GBRf Class 66 No. 66789 tailed ballast train 6G70, the 17.30 Westbury to St Budeaux Junction (above). On the front (below) was No. 66790 an import from Sweden., seen passing the new Dawlish landmark of Wavewalker1.
A different view of 'Wavewalker 1' on 12 November 2020, this time from Rockstone 'Black' Bridge looking back towards Dawlish. Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No. 70807 passes with 6C36, 07.17 Moorswater to Aberthaw is some very welcome low winter sun.
802002 and 802021 uo Dawlish, 1A80 08.15 Penzance - Paddington. 12 November 2020
Pity the sun was not out today 11 November 2020, but at least it was not raining. Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No. 70807 passes Wavewalker1 at Dawlish on 6C35 06.06 Aberthaw to Moorswater via Gloucester.
802021 up Dawlish 1A81, 10.52 Paignton - Paddington, passing WaveWalker 1, 10 November 2020.
150248 + 143619 up Dawlish, 2F15 10.39 Paignton - Exmouth, passing WaveWalker1, 10 November 2020.
Not in the best of photographic light, but needed to be recorded. DRS 66304 and 66301 lead KUA flask wagon MODA95770 through Starcross on 6 November 2020 running as train 6Z32 05.39 Crewe Coal Yard to MoD Devonport Dockyard.
The low winter sun glints on the side of Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No. 70802 as it rounds the curve onto the Teignmouth Sea Wall from Teignmouth station on 5 November 2020 with train 6B36, 07.17 Moorswater to Aberthaw empty cement tanks.
A nice matching pair at Dawlish! 43027 and 43009 pass Dawlish on 4 November 2020 working as 0V84 08.47 Doncaster Wabtec to Laira, following 2+4 mods and a repaint.
I would have gone somewhere else to capture this, but the weather was against me, almost black and rain. So, DRS Nos. 66304 and 66301 sandwich high-capacity flask wagon MODA95770 working as train 6Z30 07.48 Devonport Royal Dockyard to Crewe Coal sidings on 3 November 2020, seen approaching Dawlish.
Under a partial cloud! DRS Nos. 66301 and 66304 head west towards Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish on 2 November 2020 running as 0Z30 04.00 Crewe Gresty Bridge to Devonport Dockyard, ready for an return trip 'north' tomorrow morning.