Today saw the first public service timetabled run of a 9-car Hitachi IET 800Class Bi-powered unit (No 800309) from London Paddington to Paignton. It passed our cameras slowly as it was making a station stop.

Unfortunately there is sad news that tomorrow’s Torbay Express will be diesel hauled. The steam locomotive 35028 Clan Line has had to be pulled out because one of the support staff has suffered a heart attack and his wife is also in the team and they do not have anyone to replace the two of them. Later news was that the gentleman has had an operation and is now in a stable condition. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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