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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Second night of Hobc engineering train

Tonight brought the second Ballast Cleaner train from Taunton to Newton Abbot for work on the line between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth. Loco's top & Tailing the train tonight were Freightliner's 66593 & 66 544. Video as it passed through both Dawlish and Teignmouth...

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Enormous infrastructure train

Two Freightliner 66's top and tailed an extremely lengthy infrastructure High Output Ballast Cleaner (HOBC)  train  from the Fairwater Yard at Taunton to Newton Abbot. The rear loco was 66593 which has the not very romantic name of "3MG Mersey Multimodal Gateway". The...

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Sunday’s Royal Duchy Express

The steam locomotive for this week's Royal Duchy will be LMS Black 5 No. 44871 which is making its way down from its Carnforth base to Bristol on Saturday to be ready for duty on Sunday 22nd July. Unfortunately because of the fire risk it will be paired with a West...

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Devon Sea Safari

Last month Simon had arranged for me to go out on a boat trip and as far as I was concerned it was a 30 year old wooden vessel that would potter up and down the Teign estuary. How wrong was I. It was a 10 meter RIB kitted out specifically for sea safari operations...

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Rail advance notice.

The Gresley streamlined A4 No.60009 Union of South Africa has now been repaired and is rostered for four Torbay Express steam specials . The first is on Sunday July 15th and the others are July 29th, August 19th and September 2nd. The engine is of the same class as...

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Nostalgic look back of 8 years.

In 2010 I took a trip to Paignton from Dawlish. At that time the morning service from Cardiff to Paignton was rostered for four Mk2 coaches top & Tailed by two Class 67 diesels because of a shortage of available DMU's.  Only the leading locomotive was in power but...

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Advance Notice.

There are two special trains passing through Dawlish and Teignmouth this weekend. The first is tomorrow Saturday 23rd June and is "The Mazey Day Cornishman" rail tour from Tame Bridge Parkway near Birmingham to Penzance for the festival being held there. It will be...

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Teignmouth Toots

Carrying on from the Dawlish serenade the driver announced his arrival through Teignmouth station with a friendly blast for Nick Campbell's video. Loco's were 66615 & 66512

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Rail Replacement Train return.

After the break whilst the line at Cowley Bridge Junction at Exeter was being made more resistant to flood damage, tonight saw the return of the lengthy rail replacement train top and tailed by two Freightliner class 66 locomotives. This was led by the unique livery...

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Cornishman Express

Passing the cameras this morning, in less than perfect conditions was Pathfinders, "The Cornishmans Express". Hauled by Merchant Navy Class 35028 Clan Line, she stormed past with an almighty blast on the whistle and delighted all who were watching. The Journey today...

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South Devon Coaster

Today has seen a very unusual visitor to the wall with Hastings Diesels Ltd's DEMU 1001 unit running from Hastings to Paignton and back. The journey began at 6.42 am and arrived for it's brief stop at Dawlish at 12.45. It's rare to have heritage stopping nowadays so...

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The Dawlish Myth is Published in a Magazine

A huge congratulations to our very own Simon Deane for getting his article 'The Dawlish Myth' published in issue 599 of the Railway Herald. The full extended article can be read in issue 599 at the Railway Herald website and the article covers 6 full pages. We know...

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New Crazy Golf Course Opening Soon

Today we we invited to the new Crazy Golf course in Dawlish to have a look at progress. It look very impressive and we can't wait to give it a try. Currently they are looking to open around the first week in July but Rob has promised to keep us up to date with...

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