Throughout Sunday night eight infrastructure trains made their way from Westbury to Parr and beyond St Austell to Burngullow junction. The Cornish main line between Par and Truro was closed from Monday to Friday though the branch lines maintained there train services. Friday 5th March saw the trains that had been at the worksites return though only one was in daylight. This first one, powered by DB Cargo 66155 is shown at the start of the video followed by DB Cargo 66200 with only five China Clay tanks this week. The video then moves to Teignmouth where there is footage of four of the seven returning to Westbury.
Plans have been put in to Teignbridge Council to build a rock shelter at the Dawlish end of Parsons tunnel and more information can be found at https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/western/south-west-rail-resilience-programme/parsons-tunnel-north-portal/ It’s good to see that Network Rail are keen to make our section of line safe and secure.
We have details of the planned Special Steam and Diesel tours that pass through Dawlish & Teignmouth which are due to run with the proviso that no more Covid regulations come into force. These can be seen on dawlishbeach.com under the heading of Rail tours 2021 The first of these is on May 3rd when we get to see the Devonian Express from Peterborough to Kingswear with our first look at the new HST Midland Pullman train.