Torbay Express 23-07-2017

Today unlike on the previous two Torbay Expresses all went to plan and Tornado was in sole charge as the motive power. The down run passed along the sea wall on time and the return, although 12 minutes late starting from Paignton, showed how expresses are meant to be seen as it thundered through Teignmouth and Dawlish stations at what must have been close to the maximum allowed for the line speed.

Rounding the curve between Sprey point and the end of the sea wall at Teignmouth.

The returning express rushing through Teignmouth station

And finally at Dawlish station.

The video below is a compilation of my own videos and those of Nick at Teignmouth with the excellent footage from the Dawlish Beach San Remo and Blenheim cameras. Apologies for the high pitched squeaks as Tornado passed the camera at Teignmouth station. I think the closeness of the whistle was beyond the capabilities of the Samsung phone!

The next two Sundays will hopefully bring LMS 46100 Royal Scot hauling The Royal Duchy express from Bristol` which are due through Dawlish at 11.49am and returning from Par at 8.02pm.  Previous dates for this special have been cancelled so don’t hold your breath!

Waves from San Remo Camera

Whilst today hasn’t been the most dramatic we have seen it’s still been the liveliest conditions on the seawall for some time. Today saw some 40 mph Southerlies and i have to secretly admit to wishing they had gone Easterly and kept the wind for a few more hours. However, we have what we have and we hope that you enjoy the gallery of photos from our San Remo camera.


Edited storm footage and photo’s

Some additional footage taken last night, the following was taken and edited from around midnight. The storm lasted for around 4 hours altogether so please excuse me for not extending the footage. I’m sure you will enjoy the footage collated from all three cameras.

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More Highlights from the last couple of days

At last i have been able to get my head understanding our new video software and so hopefully we will be able to do many more highlights for you to enjoy.

Today’s offering is taken from our footage from the past two days. Included this time is the sleeper, in just about enough light, a sunrise pass, the class 800 making its two passes, some friendly toots from drivers, one voyager trying to frighten two young ladies on the wall (yes i did chuckle!), a few HST sets of varying liveries and we end with a little moonlight from the early hours of Tuesday.

Please let us know if you would like to see more of these videos.

I am also grateful to Stuart, Michael and Paul for sending in the following viewer’s pics for you to enjoy.

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Trains and Waves.

After watching the Hitachi IEP pass along in front of the Blenheim camera I saw that the waves were splashing up well near to Kennaway tunnel. Pedestrians on the wall were walking towards that direction and I thought they would just get a little nearer to the action. Will they won’t they? They will certainly get wet! Watch the video  and comment with your thoughts if you wish.

DB Cargo red livery on Clay Train

DB Cargo 66020 in immaculate condition was on the first portion of this week’s clay train and is seen here passing under the Rockstone footbridge on Dawlish sea wall. This was one of the first locomotives produced for (at that time EWS), and is in its 19th year of service.

It looks like some sad moron has got  two cans of blue paint and has nothing better to do with it than make a mess on a wagon.

After using rewind on the Blenheim cam to have a look at the returning cement train, a few seconds after it passed Sid the spider made a darting appearance so I have put this screenshot on so all his fans can see he is still alive and well.

The Belmond Royal Scotsman Pullman Sleeper Express.

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.

HMS Argyll sails through Teignmouth

Much more rain and it could have!  GBRf 66775 looking resplendent with its newly added nameplate and its ships fleet number F231 and badge hurries through Teignmouth on its way back from Devonport to its base at Eastleigh.

Thanks to Nick for braving the elements to get the video. The featured picture is a screenshot from the video. It’s amazing the quality that can be seen today from a mobile phone.