The worse day we have had for a while just had to be when two steam train specials were due to pass along the sea wall. In the event the Royal Duchy was diesel hauled which was apparently due to the paperwork needed for Royal Scot to run, hadn’t been completed. Unfortunately the heavy downpour reduced photo opportunities so I joined the throng under cover on Dawlish railway station and made the best of the full gloom! The Duchy was powered by West Coast railways 57314, another of the ex Virgin Thunderbird fleet when it was named Firefly. Goodness only knows what the paying customers expecting a steam engine tour think about the situation. I for one would be extremely disappointed.

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