Exeter St David's to Okehampton
Reopens in November
It was announced on the media today that the Exeter St David's to Okehampton line will be opened to passenger traffic from Saturday 20th November 2021. Departures from Exeter on Saturday 20th 06.34 08.41 10.36 12.37 14.38 16.36 18.48 21.00 Departures from Okehampton 07.39 09.45 11.39 13.39 15.39 17.46 19.51 21.56 Also a Sunday Service Tickets are now available Return £8 less discounts for railcard holders
,A long descent & a steep footpath walk enabled a few views of the great earth embankments to level this extremely difficult site,also views back to Horse Cove
The following day, resource issues saw both the Par harbour and Treviscoe portions of JIAs loaded on the same day. With no CDAs to load, 66133 picked up the Par harbour trip and is seen just after midday passing the lovely gated crossing on the branch.
On the 9th, the B&W class 50, 50042 Triumph was in action with a Driver Experience trip seen sporting a full set of snow ploughs (do they have a long range forecast we should know about)!!
The RHTT is seen again passing Treboul farm near St Germans. With this fine settled weather we may be fortunate to have a full canopy of leaves well into November. We await the first winds and frost to cause a big drop.
Kind regards, Craig
Weymouth Harbour Tramway
Five round trips from Weymouth station were planned to operate using a Class 33 and TC stock.
In the event 33117 and 8001/8023 were used.
Clearly this event was going to be popular and so it proved. The town was full of people with cameras, all dressed for the cold, misty, winter weather that hung around for most of the day.
It did brighten up for a very short period, this fortunately tying in with one of the runs.
Sadly these events always seem to happen in winter, when the days are short and the light far from the best more often than not.
The fifth and final run was timed to depart from Town station at 1600, arriving at Quay around 1630. This meant this was going to run in the dark, it being only a few days after the shortest day.
Inevitably these trains also ran a little late, so the last run was definitely going to be almost impossible to shoot. Remember this was the days of Kodachrome 64. If only digi was available in those days.
Consequently I took the decision to return home and throw the last run away.
It was only later I discovered that the final run did run a lot later than timetabled, but this was due to 33117 having issues and being replaced by 73104 for the round trip!!
In an attempt to make the trips more interesting, the loco was on one end for a couple of trips before switching to the other. One trip was even made with 33117 in the middle of both TC’s.
The first run was preceded by a Sea Scout (?) Band, which was somewhat novel, seen here as they make their way along Commercial heading for Weymouth Quay.
Rons pictures appear in the order sent on the various runs.
It was said that one of the reasons for the closure of the harbour branch was condition of track. However from the various views we have of the lifting operation the track it looked to our non professional eyes in reasonable condition.
However a view taken by Guy Vincent does show some of track in Weymouth Yard leadng to the Harbour Branch in dire need of attention. See below:-
According to the website Railnews "mutinous passengers” forced the rail operator to reverse to Swindon when it removed the destination from its schedule.
Normally the Penzance to Paddington train doesn't stop at Swindon, but the destination was added to help passengers affected by earlier disruption on the Bristol to London line.