I really look forward to travelling from this once major outpost of the Southern Railway and duly bought my tickets at the platform machine, only realising too late that I had purchased 2 tickets by mistake, the machine clearly defaulted, but even the £11 cost was still very reasonable so I decided to take it on the chin! (I have a disabled railcard ).
However things started to unwind as I had not checked the station display, which to my dismay and other passengers waiting pronounced that the next two trains had been cancelled. I had arranged to meet Sienna at 11.07 in Central Station and with no suitable replacement in sight, she agreed to pick me up at Okehampton.
Luckily the rest of the day went to plan and I returned to Exeter Central to find that the 14.32 service was running. A lovely lady guard on the preceding 14.14 Barnstaple service explained that the disruption had been caused by sheep on the line and showed me the photographs on her phone.
While I awaited Sienna at Okehampton there was time to browse part of the station museum and I have attached a few photographs from the day.
Very best wishes Andrew and Diane
The Dawlish Breach
On the tenth anniversary of the breach, film crews are likely to descend on Dawlish.
As part of writing up the story so far, I have put together the bits I recorded as they were broadcast at the time.
Quite by chance, I met John Ayres last year and had twenty minutes alone with him on a country lane. He told me that he was covering the flooding in Looe when he was told to go to Dawlish. "That's nearby, isn't it," his remote boss said. Nevertheless, Ayres was the first on the scene and he told me that it remains the biggest story of his career.
Unfortunately, I failed to clip this appearance.
My favourite lines are:
"But we've got plenty of booze to see us through the horrific journey."
"It's going to be sh ... "
" ... it's brought Dawlish back to life."
How things have changed, even in ten years, with the 143s gone, the HSTs nearly gone, and Ian Mundy now promoted. And how many Prime Ministers have there been?
With best wishes, Colin Burges.