Rail Trains on Dawlish Sea Wall.

Cornwall was the destination for two recent rail trains. On Saturday evening Colas 70813 was heading the Westbury to St.Pinnock viaduct (near Lostwithiel) continuous welded rail train which returned on late Sunday morning a few minutes before the English Riviera steam...

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Belmond British Pullman

This afternoon Friday 31st May saw the Belmond British Pullman train passing along the sea wall en route from London Victoria to Truro on what has become an annual weekend trip to the West Country. Hauled by two Pullman liveried locomotives 67021 and 67024 matching...

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Devon in a Day! 15th June 2019

I have to admit to being a fan of "All the Stations" which for those who don't know, is a fabulous YouTube based channel which specializes in railway journeys. Geoff and Vicky are somewhat mad but extremely fun and a few years ago undertook a challenge to visit every...

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Freightliner wagon collection.

On Tuesday 30th April Freightliner 66534 named "OOCL Express" came down to Hackney Yard at Newton Abbot light engine from Stoke Gifford to collect a rake of empty YKA flatbed rail carrying wagons and take them to Westbury.  OOCL is the acronym of a Hong Kong based...

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Neil has a SPAD while driving a HST!

Back in October we were very fortunate to be invited to film around Laira TRSMD by GWR. During our visit the wonderful liason officer suggested we arrange another family day out to drive a HST! here is the account of the day. Friday 12th April and we meet the children...

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Long Rock Open Day

On Saturday 13th April 2019 GWR opened the gates to it's newly refreshed Long Rock Depot in Penzance Cornwall. We were invited along to see the depot and many exhibits on display during the charity event which raised funds for the RNLI. We arrived around 9am to be...

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Teignbridge Approve NR Plans

Teignbridge Planning Committee have today agreed unanimously to approve Network Rails design for the new sea wall phase 1. The section takes in 360 metres of track between Kennaway Tunnel and Colanade Viaduct with work expected to begin in May. During a well attended...

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Sea Wall update

Network Rail were in Dawlish on Wednesday 10th April to give an update on their preferred plans for phase 1 of the resilience works. Many of the local residents were also in attendance to get a closer and more informed idea about what those plans mean going forwards...

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The Springtime Cornishman

This Diesel Special was made more interesting to the rail fans as it brought a new class of locomotive to this area in that it is bi-mode like the new Hitachi IET 800's whose  primary power source comes from overhead electricity with a lesser powered diesel engine....

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New HST Castle set GW3

Today GW3 Castle set was rostered on the 6am  T E 12 service  Penzance to Exeter St Davids which calls in at Dawlish on the way up. The set was powered by 43094 and 43005. There is only a ten minute turn round time in Platform 6 before it returns to Penzance as the...

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What a difference a day makes

Yesterday it was rather bleak with a bitterly cold wind and today there was little wind and a sunny 11C as I went to record today's lunchtime sand train. This time the lead locomotive 66126 was in the old EWS livery and the second loco 66044 in the new DB Cargo red...

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Two for the Price of One

A dull drab day but a splash of colour to brighten up the scene for the hardy souls braving the chilly wind on the Dawlish sea wall today. There has been frequent train movements over the past few weeks of the Industrial sand from Burngullow near St. Austell in...

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