David Tozer and Keith Turley
I guess you can say this photograph is controversal on a day when SWR slashed services between Salisbury and Exeter by 50% due to crew shortages.
GWR ran a route refresher from Exeter TMD to Castle Cary via Honiton. 158766 taken at Pinhoe with the 1513 3Z50 Exeter TMD to Castle Cary and return. Dave Tozer
(1) 10.45 a.m. and Cross Country's 06.10 Derby - Plymouth formed of Voyager sets 220001 & 221140 skirts the Plym Estuary as it approaches Laira.
(2) The 08.50 Penzance - Cardiff Central headed by named 43094 'St Mawes Castle' with unnamed 43010 on the rear has just emerged from under the Embankment Road Bridge. Look closely on the concrete above the rear power car to see words of wisdom from a romantic who has daubed philosophical graffiti. Makes a change from the usual gaudy rubbish that's sprayed everywhere and increasingly on the side of trains.
Regards, Clive Smith
Bolitho & Basingstoke
John Murray Roberts
Tuesday Treasures - October 2020 | Didcot Railway Centre
Many thanks indeed John.
a note from David Ward
During these eight weeks, as part of its plans to improve the resilience of the line between Dawlish and Holcombe, Network Rail will be building a 209-metre extension to the existing rockfall shelter north of Parsons Tunnel.
We always work with Network Rail to minimise the impact of their work. Traditionally, this might mean reducing services at weekends. However, with fewer customers using this service at present due to Covid, carrying out the work during the week will cause less disruption.
Our Night Riviera Sleeper is extremely popular, providing an important link between London and Devon & Cornwall, and we are sorry for the disruption this vital work will cause. We look forward to its completion, when we can welcome back the world-famous Night Riviera Sleeper into full service.