Today saw a repeat of last week’s English Riviera Express from new tour company Saphos. With heavily reduced prices to introduce themselves, the 0906 Bristol Temple Meads departure was fully booked. By the time it arrived on the wall 4 minutes early, SR Rebuilt Light Pacific Class 4-6-2 no 34046 Braunton, still masquerading as 34052 Lord Dowding was greeted by heavy rain and thunderstorms. Braunton was not at full power due to Fire risk regulations with the heatwave and so had 47805 behind her to provide most of the power.
The return left Kingswear at 16.50 and was on time as the return journey passed in glorious sunshine.