The 25th's outward 6C98 1412 Eastleigh East Yard - Crediton departed behind 70813 with 66849 'Wylam Dilly' at the back. En-route the class 70 reportedly suffered from loss of power so the train was sent via the Laverstock loop to Laverstock North where it reversed, 66849 then continuing to Westbury and on to Heywood Road Junction where a further reversal was made. 70813 then led via the Hawkeridge loop line to Bradford Junction and onto the Melksham single line where a further reversal was made, 66849 taking the train on from here via Westbury, Athelney and Taunton to Exeter Riverside yard. With the rails successfully offloaded overnight the empty train returned to Westbury this morning with the class 66 heading the formation as seen. I believe the empty LWR set returned to Eastleigh this evening on the 6O31 1730 Westbury-Eastleigh departmental behind GBRF's 66763.
Regards, Guy Vincent.
Regards, Clive Smith
I went over to Taunton today, 26th November, taking advantage of the sunny weather.
At Cogload was seen 66849 with 70813 working back to Westbury from Crediton after dropping more new rail on the Okehampton branch.
At Bathpool was seen 70810 on one of the final empty cement workings from Moorswater to Aberthaw.
Also seen was tamper no. 73924 working from Taunton to Swindon.
Best regards, Bill.
I see the second train with CWR for the Okehampton route departed Crediton at 0400 after dropping rails.
Try looking it up on Google - there is quite a row going on in Exeter about it.