I have to admit it’s great to have Colin and his camera back! I hope he doesn’t mind me saying but he’s been away enjoying his birthday so many happy returns Colin Campbell!
Today has been fairly busy with the unusuals on the wall. We have had the two engineering trains return, 37219 running by with the test train, the clay tanks and more engineers later on this evening i believe. As far as the weather front is concerned, well, we started with another beautiful sunrise and much promise but as you’ll see from the photo’s and videos, the further the day has gone on, the worse the weather has become. You really can tell it’s Devon County show time!
First to pass this morning was Colas 70807 returning with rails from Par to Westbury and things were still rather pleasant for a morning walk. Even the spider popped out for a quick “Hello” as spotted by Eric Bray.
The video shows class 70 returning past Blenheim camera.
A glorious morning here in Dawlish. Colas 70807 seen here returning from Cornwall with a load of used rail bound for Westbury. – Colin Campbell.
Next up we have colas rail 66847 and 66848 Top and Tailing the Autoballasters.
And the video passing Blenheim.
Over to Colin again! †Colas 66848 t&t the standard 5 wagon autoballaster rake with 66847 bringing up the rear.
Next up is the first pass of today’s test train. Running from Bristol High Level Siding to Bristol High Level Siding via Plymouth, the train was pushed there and back by 37219 as it went around Laira Triangle. You could easily have missed this one as it ran 166 minutes early on the way down and on the way back.
This shot was sent in by Eric again.
Video of 37219 passing San Remo on the way down
Test train passes Blenheim on the way down and as you can see, the rain had come with it.
Just a few random shots from this afternoon now.
Still running 166 minutes early and the weather getting worse we now have the return picture and Video of 37219 and the test train from Blenheim.
Video of 37219 and test train passing Blenheim.
37219 passes San Remo
Final topic for now see’s the weekly clay run with the first 11 tanks passing Blenheim behind 66066 and you can see the skies have become distinctly murky.