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From Wednesday the 17th October 2018 we will have a new chat system for our subscribers due to our old one getting a bit out of date and causing issues to our website at busy times. Our new system will allow users to chat in a group or with other users privately and...

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This Week for Subscribers ending 14th October 2018

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Return of the Rail train

Freightliner 66591 with the returning CWR (continuous welded rail) train on Dawlish sea wall. The rear of the train is just passing the Dawlish Beach San Remo camera which can just be spotted above the gate to the left of the pampas grass. Apologies to the driver who...

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Rail Head Treatment Train.

The leaf season is on us again and the first passing of the RHTT was this afternoon as it made its way to its St Blazey base for the next few months. Today locomotives 66200 and 66120 and the water tanks were clean and bright but in a few days they will be lathered in...

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Pathfinders Marches Cornishman

The only special this weekend was a Diesel one. Hauled by DRS 37602 & 37606 the Marches Cornishman ran from Shrewsbury to Penzance and back. Fortunately this morning's weather just about held but by the return we had an Easterly gale blowing in which made the San Remo...

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Diesel Special

Today we saw one of the dedicated claret liveried Royal train locomotives 67006 "Royal Sovereign" powering an excursion from Letchworth to Paignton. The route was via the East coast main line which it joined at Hitchin  before calling in at Stevenage, Welwyn Garden...

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Final Torbay Express for 2018

Today saw the last run for The Torbay Express for their 2018 season. Hauled again by rebuilt SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 no 35028 Clan Line the tour left Bristol Temple Meads 3 minutes late at 9.13 am, By the time she whistled past us, the Express was 3 minutes ahead...

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Lord Dowding with coal!

Today we saw the return of 34052 Lord Dowding after the embarrassing episode of it running short of coal and being unable to complete it's roster on the Royal Duchy express yesterday. Nick photographed and videoed it as it rounded the curve after Teignmouth station...

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Today’s Diesel Special

This tour was from Wolverhampton with an early start of 5.56am and travelled down the Welsh Marches making eleven station stops including Shrewsbury, Hereford and Abergavenny before picking up the Great Western main line just north of Newport. It then travelled east...

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The Torbay Express

A welcome return to an unassisted steam express locomotive and today certainly showed the difference between an engine coasting with the diesel providing the power and the excitement of an engine in top class condition thundering along the sea wall with a 12 coach...

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Ultrasonic test train + 37025

Unusually the test train stopped in Teignmouth station for half an hour last night which gave Nick chance to photograph it as well as taking a video which gives a better look at the 9701 ultrasonic test train. It had  come down from Bristol High level siding and was...

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Colas 70817 with CWR train.

Colas 70817 passed through Dawlish and Teignmouth last evening with a trainload of continuous welded rail which it was taking to offload in the St. Germans-Saltash area in Cornwall. Fortunately it came a little early at 8.37pm whilst there was still a bit of daylight....

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Ongoing ballast cleaning work

For the third week running  the high output ballast cleaning train is again operating between Teignmouth and Newton Abbot. This week it is programmed in for Mon/Tues/Weds nights and due to pass through Dawlish at 10.30pm and return sometime in the middle of the night....

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Bonus special working.

Tonight  saw Rail Operations Group Europhoenix livery 37800 named  "Cassiopeia" towing back to back GWR green livery HST's 43170/189 down to Laira depot after attention from the Wabtec works at Doncaster.   Cassiopeia is the name of the constellation that is fairly...

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Torbay Express 29th July 2018

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside.........but not on a day like today. A bit of a double whammy for the passengers aboard as the steam engine they would have liked to pull them had been sidelined by illness and after weeks of sunny days the weather has turned to...

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Railway news

Today saw the first public service timetabled run of a 9-car Hitachi IET 800Class Bi-powered unit (No 800309) from London Paddington to Paignton. It passed our cameras slowly as it was making a station stop. Unfortunately there is sad news that tomorrow's Torbay...

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Flying Scotsman seen on wall at Dawlish

Who wants a garden gnome when you can have a Flying Scotsman in your garden? In Teignmouth there is a business called Garstone with an extensive selection of stone garden ornaments ranging from gargoyles and fairies to classical statues but I chose the railway engine!...

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