Today saw the second visit of Black 5 no 45212 to South Devon. From Taunton the loco took over from 37668 to lead the 0715 Paddington to Dartmouth Cathedrals Express along the Sea wall and down the South Devon Railway as far as Kingswear. The passengers would then be ferried across the river Dart to Britains only railway station to have never had a train! The original plan was for the railway to cross the Dart and follow the opposite side of the river. The station at Dartmouth was built in readiness but then Brunel was refused permission to bridge the river giving Dartmouth this unique status.
The return was again covered by our mobile camera from the banks of the river Teign before passing our main cameras at Dawlish. Our thanks to the crew for giving us some great blasts on the whistle both yesterday and today. It always makes watching these wonderful locomotives so much more enjoyable when you can hear them as well.
Here’s a few pictures from Nick & Colin before the video at the end of the post.