GWR Class 166 166211 became the first of its type to work the Barnstaple line today.
166 211 is seen at Exeter Central heading the ECS 0850 5B73 Exeter (St David's) - Exeter (Central) - Exmouth Junction - St James' Park. It then worked the 0912 St James' Park to Barnstaple.
I only just made it to Crediton and got a second shot of it leaving.
Will see if I can take a better photo off my DVD footage.
Also at Westbury was last built class 66 no 66779. Nicely adorned with various 'extras' British Railways green liveried loco again took the morning trip freight to Eastleigh out at 1015.
Regards. Guy Vincent
Plus a vintage view taken on the morning of Sunday February 12th 1984 when semaphores reigned supreme. 50040 and 50044 were working 1A33 0830 Exeter St Davids-Paddington which was booked to run via the then under-threat Melksham line and Swindon. I travelled on this as far as Reading on two consecutive Sundays, locos 50023 and 50048 were provided the following week, 19th Feb. Note the run-down condition of the road bridge, it has probably not seen a paint brush for at least 50 years!
Regards, Guy Vincent