There were a couple of interesting trains this weekend. On Saturday Colas 66846 brought down from Hinksey Yard 15 MRA wagons loaded with ballast for use on the Barnstaple line. Surprisingly rather than running round its train in Exeter Riverside yard it came down to Newton Abbot for this maneuver and then ran back up to Riverside Yard. This at least gave Nick another chance to video the consist running through Teignmouth station though he was “bombed” by a Voyager whilst doing so, as you will see on the video.
On Sunday there was an enthusiasts special train running from Bristol to Looe. The amusing title of the special was “The Looe Brush” linking the destination with the locomotives powering it which were designed by Brush Traction of Loughborough. The tour was organized by The Branchline Society and the Rail Operator was West Coast Railways.
The coaching stock was eight Mk1 coaches top and tailed by WCR 47772 “Carnforth TMD” and 47826. On the down run the train was diverted through Riverside yard before entering St Davids station, later in the run it switched to the up line at Dawlish Warren as far as Teignmouth. It ventured down the Looe branch line from Liskeard and took the goods only spur to Moorswater Tarmac cement works.
After a short stop it reversed along the scenic line to Looe for a little over an hour’s break.It then made its way back up to Liskeard which involves another reversal at Coobe Junction.Normally there are no loco hauled services on the branch, one or two car DMU’s providing the service.
On returning to the main line it ran as far as Totnes where it then traversed the South Devon Railway’s branch line to Buckfastleigh for a 25 minute break. Back on the main line after Taunton it took the circular route through Westbury and Bath to Bristol to complete the tour.