On 10 September 2017, No. 60163 emerges from Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish powering train 1Z28, the 16.40 Kingswear to Bristol Temple Meads return 'Torbay Express'.
On 10 September 2017, No. 60163 heads west through Dawlish powering train 1Z27, the 08.00 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear via Westbury 'Torbay Express'.
Well I don't know, you go out to capture a Great Western HST and some ruddy 'tea-pot' gets in the way! 43142 brings up the rear of 1A81, the 08.30 Penzance to Paddington on the approaches to Dawlish on 10 September 2017, while 60163 heads west on train 1Z27, 08.00 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear via Westbury. One or two unhappy steam watchers who were along Marine Parade!
Under what one might call a stormy sky, immaculate GWR Class 57/6 No. 57604 departs from Dawlish on 9 September 2017 with train 2C51, the 17.50 Exeter St Davids to Penzance. Glad the sun appeared for this working.
Under what one might call a stormy sky, immaculate GWR Class 57/6 No. 57604 pulls into Dawlish on 9 September 2017 with train 2C51, the 17.50 Exeter St Davids to Penzance. Glad the sun appeared for this working.
Well, the day has come when we see the final Great Western Railway operated daytime loco-hauled passenger service, with the running of trains 2P70 10.28 St Erth to Plymouth, 2E75 13.35 Plymouth to Exeter St Davids and 2C51 17.50 Exeter St Davids to Penzance on 9 September 2017. With introduction of new trains and cascaded rolling stock these loco-hauled trains are said not to be running next year. The final historic up daytime working through Devon, 2E75, 13.35 Plymouth to Exeter is seen running into Totnes.
153377 + 153372 approaches Totnes, 2P80 12.52 Exeter St Davids - Plymouth, 9 September 2017.
DB-C Class 66 No. 66023 up Newton Abbot, 6C55 09.25 St Blazey - Exeter Riverside. 9 September 2017.
'Train Racing at Dawlish - GWR Class 143 No.143611 heads west with train 2T21, the 15.24 Exmouth - Paignton (running on the down line), being passed at speed by DB branded EWS-liveried Class 66 No. 66023 running as 16.05 Exeter Riverside - St Blazey (ex-6C53 train below) running west onon bi-directional line.08 September 2017.
DB-C Class 66 No. 66023 emerges from Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish on 8 September 2017 powering train 6C53, the 11.15 Parkandillack to Exeter Riverside, formed of 11 loaded clay wagons.
IET Nos. 800006 and 800005 draw into Taunton station on 7 September 2017 forming train 5X31, the 17.26 Tiverton Loop to Paddington training and test special.
Colas Rail Freight No. 70807 emerges from Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish on 7 September 2017 powering train 6C36, the 11.38 Moorswater - Aberthaw.
As the down empty clay in the early hours of 6 September 2017 did not run through to St Blazey and was recessed at Newport ADJ, an additional 6V99 operated on the morning of 7 September 2017, running as the 08.05 Newport Alexandra Dock Junction to St Blazey it consisted of 21 empty wagons. The train was powered by Class 66 No. 66023 and makes for an unusual westbound clay in daylight hours traversing the Dawlish Sea Wall.
The nice low autumn sun, just after it came over the horizon this morning - 6 September 2017, provided enough illumination to give a slight reflection to Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No. 70807 heading west along the Dawlish Sea Wall powering train 6C35, 02.50 Aberthaw to Moorswater.
Bombardier Class 345 No. 345010 passes Goodmayes on the Great Eastern Main Line on 5 September 2017, forming train, 5Z07, the 14.16 Gidea Park to Liverpool Street (driver training) run.
Bombardier Class 345 No. 345008 calles at Forest Gate on 5 September 2017, forming train 2W85, the 12.14 Shenfield to Liverpool Street.
Class 345 'Elizabeth Line' stock
220009 emerges from Kennaway Tunnel on 4 September 2017 spoting its Safer Railway Across the Country - In Partnership with the Scouts Association badge on the side of the power car. The set is forming train 1M93, 14.04 Paignton - Bristol Temple Meads.
The sign of things to come. Class 158s on the Sea Wall. On 4 September 2017, set No. 158766 emerges from Kennaway Tunnel forming train 2U20, the 12.48 Paignton to Cardiff.
Recently CrossCountry have branded set No. 220009 with driving car crests endorsing the promotion of a Safer Railway Across the Country - In Partnership with the Scouts Association. I'd been looking for it for some time and on 4 September 2017 it found its was to the West. Thanks KW for the badge close up. The train is seen departing from Dawlish forming 1V47, the 11.15 Bristol Temple Meads to Paignton.
VERY few out to see the return Torbay Express on 3 September powered by 35028 Clan Line. Not that surprised, with the weather. For the record in near night conditions, the train storms out of Kennaway Tunnel. Lots of happy punters tucking into their dinner.
What should have been Royal Scot No. 46100 but due to paperwork and certification issues, the Royal Duchy, 1Z37, 09.15 Bristol Temple Meads to Par was powered throughout by WCRC Class 57/3 No. 57314 on 3 September 2017. The train is seen passing Dawlish.
Its was a grim day in Dawlish on 3 September 2017, I refuse to go out in the wet to photograph the 'Torbay Express', so its taken from the window. 35028 Clan Line heads west with the Torbay Express, 1Z27, 09.10 Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear.
As GW wanted all their Class 57/6s at Old Oak Common on 2 September 2017 to attend the open day event, the down sleeper the previous evening was powered by DRS hire-in No. 57310. The Saturday loco-hauled was thus powered by the same loco. The return 2C51, the 17.50 Exeter St Davids to Penzance is seen approaching Kennaway Tunnel.
The wedding of Rob and Claire Thomas (Rob being part of the GW Management Team), was marked on 3 September 2017 by the running of their 'Wedding Bell' train. Formed of GWR Class 150/2 No. 150244, it operates as the 2Z09, 14.15 Tiverton Parkway to Tiverton Parkway via Newton Abbot. Train seen on return journey emerging from Kennaway Tunnel.
The wedding of Rob and Claire Thomas (Rob being part of the GW Management Team), was marked on 3 September 2017 by the running of their 'Wedding Bell' train. Formed of GWR Class 150/2 No. 150244, it operates as the 2Z09, 14.15 Tiverton Parkway to Tiverton Parkway via Newton Abbot. Train seen on outward journey approaching Kennaway Tunnel.
As GW wanted all their Class 57/6s at Old Oak Common on 2 September 2017 to attend the open day event, the down sleeper the previous evening was powered by DRS hire-in No. 57310. Train 2E75 on 2 september, the 13.35 Plymouth to Exeter St Davids was thus powered by the same loco. The train is seen passing the Hamlet of Eastdon.