Only bit of colour in Dawlish today, a very dull/flat light day. With Remote Train Operating Vehicle No. 9702 leading, 3Z52 10.51 Plymouth Park Sidings to Bristol, via Exeter depot (for fuel) approaches Dawlish on 30 October 2020 formed from the front 9702, 999602, 9810, 6262, 96608 and Colas 37 No. 37099 on the rear. Looked and sounded nice.
950001 heads towards Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish on 27 October 2020 with train 2Q08, the 05.41 Bristol Temple Meads to Laira.
70811 approaches Dawlish on 22 October 2020 with train 6C36, 07.17 Moorswater to Aberthaw.
On 20 October 2020, 2+4 set GW02 was running as a short 2+3 set with power cars 43098 and 43160. It is seen here with train 2C77 13.00 Cardiff to Penzance passing Dawlish in very dull conditions.
Following failure of the westbound sleepers from Paddington to Penzance on 16-17 October 2020 at Exeter the train was terminated and passengers send forward on a Class 158. The train was rescued by a pair of back to back power cars Nos. 43155 and 43153 which were provided by Laira depot. Running as 5Z77 07.45 Exeter St Davids to Long Rock, 43155 + 43153 hauls 57604 and the Sleeper stock through Dawlish.
Colas Rail Freight Class 70 No. 70815 passes along the Dawlish sea wall between Rockstone and Dawlish Warren on 15 October 2020 with train 6C36, the 07.17 (Thursday only) Moorswater to Aberthaw.
Class 143 No. 143603 and Class 150/2 No. 150244 pases along the Dawlish Sea Wall between Rockstone and Dawlish Warren on 15 October 2020 with train 2F13, the 09.50 Paignton to Exmouth.
Class 802 No. 802020 in Thank You Key Workers livery with No. 802014 pass along the Dawish sea wall between Rockstone Bridge an Dawlish Warren on 15 October 2020 with train 1A78, the 07.10 Penzance to Paddington.
On Sunday 11 October 2020, GW 'Castle set" formed with 43094 / GW08 / 43189 approaches Rockstone bridge, Dawlish with train 2C47, the 11.21 Exeter St Davids to Plymouth, meeting Freightliner Class 66/5 No. 66508 powering train 6Y97, the 07.55 Camborne to Westbury, formed of a partly off-loaded rail delivery set.
On Sunday 11 October 2020 Freightliner Class 66/5 No. 66508 powering train 6Y97, the 07.55 Camborne to Westbury, formed of a partly off-loaded rail delivery set, emerges from Coryton Tunnel, Dawlish.
On Sunday 11 October 2020, Freightliner Class 66/5 No. 66508 powering train 6Y97, the 07.55 Camborne to Westbury, formed of a partly off-loaded rail delivery set, emerges from Parsons Tunnel, Dawlish
It would have been rude not to have taken advantage of this stonking light this morning, 9 October 2020. DRS-operated Class 37/4 No. 37425 passes Black (Rockstone) Bridge, Dawlish with service 0Z25, 08.16 Plymouth to Norwich. During its holiday at Laira where it received emergency tyre turning, it looks like its been cleaned and polished.
The first of the 2020 RHTT (Rail Head Treatment Train) season operated from St Blazey to Westbury and return via Salisbury, ran on Wednesday 7 October 2020, with the train formed of EWS maroon-liveried Class 66s Nos. 66151 and 66155 'top and tail' of RHTT vehicles 642031 and 642035. Running as train 3J13 the 08.50 Westbury to St. Blazey via Salisbury and Castle Cary, the train approaches Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish.
West Midlands Railway CAF-built Class 196s are now starting to appear of testing and staff training runs from Tyseley depot. On 6 October 2020, set No. 196101 is seen calling at Stratford Parkway with train 5Z21, the 08.38 Tyseley - Tyseley via Startford-upon-Avon.
Only thing of interest on the Dawlish Sea Wall on 5 October 2020 was the RILA recording equipment fitted to the front of Colas Rail Freight Class 66 No. 66846 running as 0C07 11.59 Westbury to Goodrington via Bristol. It is seen passing adjacent to Kings Walk, approaching Kennaway Tunnel.
DB Class 66 No. 66169 emerges from Kennaway Tunnel, Dawlish on 4 October 2020 with long welded rail delivery train 6W97, the 08.24 Newton Abbot West to Eastleigh.