The end of the summer season of steam tours today with Southern Region rebuilt West Country class 34046 Braunton still masquerading as long gone Battle of Britain class 34052 Lord Dowding, which was named in honour of the Air Chief Marshal who commanded the RAF Fighter Command at the Battle of Britain, as part of the celebrations held last year. The train was a little late due to a signalling problem between Exeter St.Thomas and Starcross.
Not all is lost though as we have the excitement of the world famous Flying Scotsman passing over the sea wall at Dawlish on October 4th and again on the 8th. It will be running double headed with another Eastern Region locomotive 61306 “Mayflower”. On the ER it would have been normal practice to have the smaller engine piloting at the head but we will have to wait and see. Beyond those dates on December 1st, streamlined A4 number 60009 “Union of South Africa” is due to be hauling a steam tour to Plymouth for the Christmas markets, but after which there looks like there will be nothing until the Spring.
Pictures below taken on Teignmouth sea wall by Nick Campbell with the Parson & Clerk rock looking down on Shag Rock with Exmouth visible in the distance.
Picture below by Noel Downie who found this nice viewpoint at the Three Arch Bridge in Totnes on the ascent of the Rattery Incline..