Unfortunately on Saturday the weather didn’t improve and the light drizzle didn’t help the photographic efforts but it was nice to hear the engine noise from the two 50’s as they passed along the sea wall at a bit more speed than in the morning where they had been held back by a local stopping service. There was a little confusion over one of the locomotives 50007 Hercules as on the side facing the sea it was showing 50014 Warspite. Preserved locos often assume an identity of a former classmate that has been scrapped but if anyone reading this knows why this one is appearing as Warspite please let us know. The original Terminator in 1994 was powered by 50050 Fearless which is in line to come down here on August 31st and 50007 Hercules which at that time was sporting a GWR green livery and named Sir Edward Elgar celebrating the English composer’s 50th anniversary of his death.
The video below contains a look at Colas 37521 on a test train from Bristol to Paignton and return as it passed through Teignmouth station on the down line earlier in the week. It was slightly unusual as the test trains normally come the other way round, being driven with the DVT leading.on the way down. The video then records the passing of a breakdown train powered by Colas 66847 which had been sent down to Plymouth. A DMU 150221 had derailed after passing a catch point just north of Laira depot and it was reported to have been in danger of sliding down into the river!
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.
A reminder that the first Royal Duchy steam express this year is due on Sunday 30th July and again on Sunday Aug 6th with LMS 46100 Royal Scot heading the train.
It is due to pass through Dawlish at 11.49am and return at 8.02pm.
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!
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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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.
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.
We thought you may enjoy a little catch up of today’s action. Included in the footage are a number of celebrity powercars, a few different liveries, the Summer Saturday “Veg Express” and my favourite is a little reverse working racing.
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.
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.