On Friday 20th Nov 2020 the regular 4 weekly Network Rail HST powered test train was unavailable and the stand-in locomotives on a 4 coach replacement set were Colas 37254 “Cardiff Canton” and 37099 “Merl Evans”. The two locomotives are a credit to English Electric as it is 55 years for 37254 and almost 58 years for 37099 since they left the Vulcan Works brand new and entered service with British Rail. The route for the service takes the train past our cameras 4 times. Unfortunately it was a dismal start to the day with light drizzle and didn’t get much better and sadly affected the quality of our video in places. The train had been at Reading Triangle sidings overnight and set off at 5.50am and travelled to Penzance via Westbury arriving at 11.23am. Leaving at 12.01 it came to Dawlish Warren arriving at 14.50. it then set off again at 15.01 to Paignton arriving at 15.29. Leaving Paignton at 15.40 it went to Bristol Temple Meads arriving 17.44 and then returning to Taunton at 18.35. Departing then at 18.57 going to London Paddington arriving at 21.35. Finally leaving at 22.05 it travels back via Oxford to its base at Derby arriving at 01.57 Quite a day’s work. National rail have recently added a further HST power car to their fleet so it looks like there won’t be many stand-in turns in the future. The new Black Swan camera works on a set pattern of changes of view which explains why it sometimes moves at an inconvenient moment for the rail fans! Hope you enjoy the video anyway.

 

 

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