Winfrith Cats 2

DRS Class 68 no.’s 68018 ‘Vigilant’ and 68016 ‘Fearless’ are seen just after departing Winfrith on 26/05/2022

Just taking a break from binge watching ‘Mare of Easttown’ to put together this weeks update. I’m well behind the times in catching up on the Kate Winslet TV drama, but convinced <redacted> is the guilty party. I’ll let you know if I’m correct next time. Anyway, on with the trains where this week we were surprised to be informed about the listing on Realtime Trains which revealed timings for the second run to Winfrith for the purposes of removing low level nuclear waste, the first such move which we featured here . I wasn’t expecting this to run until June given information received, but I’m assuming blocks of waste to be transported were available quicker than planned.

Yoshi and I saw the double headed train of ten empty PFA wagons hauled by DRS Class 68’s No.’s 68016 ‘Fearless’ and 68018 ‘Vigilant’ crossing Holes Bay at Poole as they headed towards Winfrith. Unfortunately the sun wasn’t shining on us that morning and it was a very dull pass.

DRS Class 68’s No.’s 68016 ‘Fearless’ and 68018 ‘Vigilant’ crossing Holes Bay – 26/05/2022

In the afternoon, we popped over to Winfrith just in time to see the loaded train, this time top and tailed by the DRS Class 68 locomotives, depart the sidings for the run to Dorchester South where the consist reversed for its onward journey to Crewe. While the train was doing this, we had enough time to scoot off to Poole in order to see the train pass us for a second camera shot.

DRS Class 68 no.’s 68018 ‘Vigilant’ and 68016 ‘Fearless’ nearing Poole – 26/05/2022

Here’s a short video of the train to accompany the above images. Many thanks to my brother for the clips near Dorchester:

On Saturday May 28th 2022 we took a trip to Dawlish to see their black swans. As luck would have it, Stanier Coronation Pacific No. 6233 ‘Duchess Of Sutherland’ was also having a day out hauling a section of the Railway Touring Company organised ‘The South Devon Explorer’ rail tour which had commenced at Woking and was destined for Plymouth. The Duchess hauled the train between Bristol Temple Meads and Plymouth on the outward leg. Yoshi was quite annoyed with me for not checking the settings on my DSLR camera as after the event I learned these needed correcting before use and the resulting images are nowhere near as sharp as they should be.

6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ approaches Dawlish – 28/05/2022

The South Devon Railway was mapped out by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1846 and included a sea wall between Dawlish and Teignmouth. The section along Marine Parade, Dawlish was constructed in 1846. A new wall faced in limestone with granite detailing was built against this original structure between 1902 and 1905. In February 2014, a devastating storm struck Dawlish washing away the foundations of the sea wall and leaving the railway track swinging in the air. The South West peninsula was cut off from the rest of the UK rail network with millions of pounds required to put things right. Remarkably 300 Network Rail staff and contractors managed to restore the rail link in just eight weeks by repairing the sea wall and replacing the track and foundations at with 6,000 tonnes of concrete and 150 tonnes of steel. But a more longterm solution was required and a new £80million sea wall is being built. The first phase, which runs for approximately 400m from Colonnade underpass, west of Dawlish station, to Boat Cove has been completed, ensuring that this section of railway is more resilient for future generations. Work began on the second section, which runs for 415m between Coastguards and Colonnade breakwaters, in November 2020 with construction expected to finish in late summer 2022. A new accessible footbridge with lifts is due to be built at Dawlish station in 2023, subject to prior approval from Teignbridge District Council. 

Stanier Coronation Pacific No. 6233 ‘Duchess Of Sutherland’ heading up The South Devon Explorer operated by The Railway Touring Company passes Marine Parade, Dawlish – 28/05/2022

Here’s our video of HST’s and the Duchess passing through Dawlish:

Trains at Dawlish including No. 6233 ‘Duchess Of Sutherland’ working The South Devon Explorer – 28/05/2022

From 2010, and for comparison of how the sea wall has changed, the following video shows GWR HST’s filmed from almost the same location as the previous footage above. The clip culminates in a shot of GWR steam locomotives No. 6024 ‘King Edward I’ and 5029 ‘Nunney Castle’ double heading Steam Dreams The Cornish Riviera excursion which ran from London Paddington to Penzance. Steaming problems with No. 6024 and a fire on the generator car at Colthorpe near Theale meant the tour was running almost 40 minutes late by the time it passed me.

HST’s and steam at Dawlish – 26th June 2010

Some images of Dawlish prior to the 2014 storm:

LMS Royal Scot Class No. 6100 ‘Royal Scot’ working the return The Torbay Express rail tour emerges from Kennaway Tunnel – 3rd July 2016
LMS Royal Scot Class No. 6100 ‘Royal Scot’ nears Dawlish railway station on her way from Kingswear to Bristol Temple Meads – 3rd July 2016
GWR Class 153 No. 153329 takes a battering from the sea, Dawlish – 9th June 2013
LNER A4 No. 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ working Par to Bristol Temple Meads with the Railway Touring Company’s ‘The Royal Duchy’ – 9th June 2013. The A4 has now been retired from mainline duties and is on show at the Bury Transport Museum.

By the way, you can find more about No. 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ on a previous railway dog blog entry by clicking here.

With Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend taking place this week, we’re sharing a video of the Royal Train when it passed through Dorchester in October 2002 as well as some royal related train images:

The Royal Train visits Dorchester on the 3rd October 2002 in charge of Class 47798 ‘Prince William’
No. 47798 is a British Rail Brush Type 4 Class 47 diesel locomotive, built in 1965 and originally given the number D1656. Following the introduction of the TOPS numbering system, the loco became 47072 in 1974. Its steam heating boiler was replaced by electric train heating in 1984 and renumbered 47609. The following year it was given the name ‘Fire Fly’ to commemorate an historic Great Western Railway steam locomotive and was further renmubered to 47834 in 1989. In 1995 the locomotive was renumbered once more, this time to 47798 and the name changed to ‘Prince William’ and repainted in a plum colour was allocated as one of the locomotives rostered to pull the Royal Train as required. Withdrawn in February 2004, ‘Prince William’ is now preserved at The Railway Museum in York where these images were taken – 31/10/2010
Class 67 No. 67006 ‘Royal Sovereign’ with The Royal Train approaches Parkstone with HM The Queen onboard following her visit to Poundbury for the purposes of unveiling a statue of The Qureen Mother – 27/10/2016
Class 67 No. 67005 ‘Queen’s Messenger’ at the rear of The Royal Train passing through Parkstone railway station – 27/10/2016. 67005 and 67006 are painted in Royal Claret livery for hauling the Royal Train
For The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 various locomotives were given special liveries, one being GWR HST power car No. 43186 which is seen here at Newport, South Wales – 07/05/2013

Thanks to a suggestion, we hope that all images on this page pop out into a Lightbox when clicked on (even the fuzzy Duchess shots!). I’ll be retrospectively going back over all the older pages when time allows and updating the image links. I’ve also noticed some of the older galleries have images missing, so I’ll hopefully deal with that issue at the same time. Suggestions for updates, corrections or enhancements to Yoshi’s Adventures are always welcome! If you’re in the UK, enjoy the long Jubilee weekend if you’re able and we’ll hopefully see you back in here in seven days.

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