Morning broke with a freshening wind and choppy sea. Even though it was an hour and a half after the 6.05am medium height tide, the spray from the waves was breaking well over the wall and over the railway tracks. Normally Cross Country voyagers do not operate in such conditions but perhaps it was thought the danger would be over 90 minutes after high tide. Two voyager services did pass successfully though they did get a good soaking as did a HST Castle set on the Bristol Temple Meads to Penzance service. However IET 802009 on an Exeter to Plymouth service which had been put over onto the up line to enable the late running service the Castle set was on to pass it was swamped by the waves and suffered serious loss of power but managed to reach Dawlish station before failing completely. Fortunately Hitachi engineers managed remotely to get one of the Generator Units of the engines restarted after an hour and a half when it was able to move under its own power. By Newton Abbot a further GU had kicked in so it was able to carry on to Laira depot at Plymouth. Apologies for the video quality in places where the salty spray plays havoc with the cameras. Roll on Summer!
Trains v Wind & Waves Dawlish 11th February 2021
by DB Colin | Feb 11, 2021 | Article, Dawlish Beach, General, news, Railway, Rough Seas, Uncategorized | 0 comments