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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s our video of HST’s and the Duchess passing through Dawlish:
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.
Some images of Dawlish prior to the 2014 storm:
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:
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.