Aventi West Coast liveried Class 390 No. 390155 departs from Manchester Piccadilly pon 27 February 2020 with train 1A31, the 11.55 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston.
66005 in Maritime freight blue, emerges fromKennaway Tunnel, Dawlish on 20 February 2020 with train 6C10, the 14.16 Burngullow - Exeter Riverside, loaded clay.
In grim conditions of mist and rain, one of the more rare Colas Class 70s in the west No. 70811 emerges from Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish on 20 February 2020 powering 6C36, 06.25 Moorswater to Aberthaw empty cement
Bit of a rare visitor to Dawlish on the morning of 19 February 2020. DB-Maritime blue liveried Class 66 No. 66005 heads west as the 08.44 Exeter Riverside to St Blazey, which was in fact a restarted 6V99 18.19 (Tue) Bescot to St Blazey empty china clay service. Pity it was so dull. On the left is a huge Camfaud South Coast cement pumping truck which is used to pump cement below the tracks to the sea wall worksite, which on this day was filling a trench in the wall to secure steel brackets which in turn will support the new wall panels.
On 17 February 2020, Colas Rail Freight Class 66 No. 66850 emerges from Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish, with train 6C20 13.05 Truro - Westbury following engineering works between Truro and Penzance.
Passing the rapidly expanding new Dawlish Sea Wall, the NMT with power cars 43013 and 43014 head west through Dawlish on 14 February 2020 forming train 1Q18, 06.09 Reading Triangle to Paignton via Penzance and Dawlish Warren.
I sort of don't think we are going to see many more FGW blue branded power cars passing along the Dawlish sea wall. On 14 February 2020, Nos. 43088 and 43160 emerge from Kennaway Tunnel as 0E23, 08.55 Laira depot to Doncaster Wabtec.
One of the final stock moves with off lease HST stock from Laira depot operated on 12 February 2020, when ROG Class 57/3 No. 57312 with barrier vans 6338 and 6330 hauled vehicles 41160, 40900, 40904, 42570, 40902 and 42565 as train 5D94, the 11.00 Laira to Long Marston. The train is seen on the Dawlish Sea Wall approaching Rockstone Bridge.
The first wall sections for the new Dawlish Sea Wall were erected on 9 February 2020, with several vertical panels erected each working shift after that day, dependant on tide conditions. This was the position on the morning of 12 February after an overnight work session. The erection has commenced in a central position and is now being worked either way. GWR 2+4 set No. GW08 with power cars 43198 leading and 43042 on the rear heads west with train 2C07, 06.44 Bristol Temple Meads - Penzance.
57312 hauling barrier cars 6330 and 6338, down Dawlish, 12.25 Long Marston to Laira depot, barrier move for HST stock move following day. 11 February 2020.
'Under the Rainbow' Now we know where the golden pot of money is hidden on the Dawlish Sea Wall!. 802114 heads west on 10 February with the late running 1C75, 09.35 Paddington to Paignton. This was a bit of a rush job and did the best I could.
Another rake of off-lease HST Mk3s make their way to Long Marston on 10 February 2020, when ROG Class 57/3 No. 57312 hauls barrier van 6338 and vehicles 42167, 42582, 42563, 42176, 42095, 42304 and 41166 with barrier 6330 on the rear past the worksite at Dawlish, running as train 5D94, 11.00 Laira to Long Marston. Those with good eyes will see the first new sea wall section in position mid way along towards the tunnel.
It was so very kind of the 'Orange Crew' to turn up at Dawlish this morning, 5 February 2020, just at the right time. Colas Rail Freight No. 70812 heads west at sunrise with train 6C35, 02.50 Aberthaw to Moorswater.
43187 + 43122 (just named Dunster Castle) emerges from Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish on 5 February 2020, 0E23 08.55 Laira - Wabtec Doncaster
50007 hauling Caladonian Sleeper cars 10551, 10553, 10706 with Class 50 No. 50049 on the rear passes Dawlish on train, 5Z50 the 11.03 Wembley CS to Laira depot on 22 January 2020. Cars 10551 and 10553 are for FGW and 10706 was in use as a make up vehicle.
50049 hauling ex-Caledonian sleeper No. 10706 with Class 50 No. 50007 on the rear passes Dawlish on 23 January 2020 forming train 5Z50, the 09.00 Laira to Long Marston.