A surprise visitor along the sea wall today was the passing of the National Rail Inspection saloon. Caroline was originally the BR Southern Region General mangers Inspection saloon. In 2012 it was fitted with push and pull controls which makes having to turn the locomotive round from one end to the other unnecessary. This was evident today when it returned from Newton Abbot in about 18 minutes after passing through on the down line. It is capable of travelling at up to 100mph.
Hitachi IEP 800001 made an appearance today on a run from North Pole IEP Depot to Plymouth and back. This one is the first one in the 800 number series and should be back again on test tomorrow and Wednesday 18/19th July. It is currently in white unbranded livery but when fitted out with the new interior and trials and driver training completed it will be in the GWR green livery.
Away from running its normal Scottish tours the Royal Scotsman has reached as far as Newton Abbot in Devon to enable the passengers to get a look at the famous sea walls of Dawlish and Teignmouth. Not the best of mornings being rather dull but at least it wasn’t the torrential rain that was forecast for most of the daylight hours. Normally there are two dedicated locos on the train but today GBRf livery 66744 named “Crossrail” accompanied 66746. The train had come from Gloucester and was timed to go as far as Newton Abbot where the locomotives would change ends and return so that the passengers could enjoy the view of the sea whilst eating breakfast. How the other half live! The train was due to be stopping at Bath for mid morning.
Nick Campbell was able to get to the end of Teignmouth promenade in time to see the down run come off the sea wall and wait for the return showing the train passing under the tall skew bridge. This must be one of the most photographed railway location in Britain.
An interesting feature of the Royal Scotsman is the open verandah vestibule in the Observation car at one end of the set of coaches.
It seems as popular with the stewards as the paying customers. Here’s one of a steward getting his own back photographing me as I photographed him! The train pulled into the Dawlish Warren loop to allow a high speed express to pass for which I have enclosed footage of as the rear engine on the HST was the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
The video contains footage from Dawlish Warren, Dawlish and Teignmouth sea wall and is in chronological order. Spotted in the Blenheim camcorder footage can be seen the renowned railway author and photographer Colin J Marsden at work atop his stepladder.