Staffords Bridge Exeter
Colas Class 70’s 70811 and 70803 top and tail the 0837 Westbury to Crediton running some 165 minutes late. The train had fifteen loaded auto ballasters.
This loco was owned by Waterman Railways and was the first preserved diesel to work on the mainline. It received a full restoration at Crewe in 1994. It made it's inaugral main-line run from Derby to St Pancras on 1 October 1994. In BR days this loco was 46035 and spent most of it's life allocated to (GD) Gateshead, Newcastle. Upon withdrawal from BR service it was used by Derby research centre for various tests as a adhesion research vehicle, this where it received the 'Ixion' name and numbered 97403.
It was repainted in BR blue in 2002 and renumbered 46035
Sadly the loco fell out of use in 2004 and was eventually sold. It is now in store awaiting restoration at Peak rail Rowsley, Derbyshire
Hope all is well
Kind regards, Paul Barlow.