For the first time since Colas took over the contract to deliver the cement powder from Aberthaw to Moorswater the train was powered by a Class 66 locomotive rather than the usual Class 70. The change went smoothly enough as the 66 kept good time on the 21 loaded PCA tank wagons on the way down, arriving at Moorswater two and a half hours early. It also arrived back at Aberthaw half an hour early on today’s return run. It is pictured above on Dawlish sea wall close to where the Dawlishbeach San Remo camera records the view in the opposite direction just east of Dawlish station..
The two part clay train followed the same pattern as the week before and brought the first load a day earlier than has been the norm. The second part came on the day and at the same time as the first load had always passed by previously rather than at around 1am on the Friday morning. The two part loads will be joined in Exeter Riverside yard and set off for Bescot in the West Midland in the very early morning.