60163 Tornado powered this final Torbay Express for this year and was making light work of its 12 coach train as it passed Dawlish Warren.

The video below shows its progress from Dawlish Warren to Teignmouth using my camcorder from the spot where the picture was taken to Nick Campbell’s below the skew bridge at the end of the sea wall at Teignmouth interspersed with footage from the Dawlish Beach San Remo and Blenheim cameras. The GWR made determined efforts to claim the star billing with their own service trains. The HST was led by 43165 “Prince Michael of Kent” with 43142 “Reading Panel Signal Box 1965-2010” on the rear. The class 143 DMU’s looked quite resplendent in their new shiny green colours so it looks like we are going to have them down here for the local services for a good while yet!