returns up north
The train is seen passing Totnes, and thanks to a looping at Dawlish Warren where my GWR service overtook it. This allowed a second shot just west of Tiverton Parkway too!
Best wishes, Craig Munday
Ken Mumford & Andrew Jenkins
When the driver went to start the train on its journey eastwards, there was a tremendous BANG and a cloud of smoke came from under the second coach directly in line with the pantograph. That's when I took this photo of the engineer looking backwards out of the driving compartment window. The driver was unable to move the train. My friend and i noticed that the pantogrpah was lowered and raised several times in an attempt to sort the problem out. On one of these attempts there was a second BANG but not as loud as the first. During this time the engineer kept going from the driving compartment to the area in the second coach directly under the pantagraph a few times. On one of the ocassions when the pantagraph was lowered the unit's diesel enginse were started up - thud we thought that the unit was going to proceed eastwards on its diesel power. In the neantime a freight train which would have used that middle line to pass the station had to use the line alongside platform 3. After a little shunting about 5 yards in either direction this unit eventually carefully left the station and headed for Didcot and Reading.What happened after it went out of view we don't know..
Regards, Andrew Jenkins