My journey started from Exeter with an HST on a Plymouth to Leeds Service to Bristol temple Meads, connecting with a Cardiff to Portsmouth service at Bristol. This was headed by Bath road allocated 31419 which was very poor condition covered in oil, and losing about 20 minutes by the time I got to Southampton.
At Southampton 73119 rolled in to the station with 0954 Waterloo to Weymouth Quay, this was removed at Bournemouth for 33104. I travelled on this to the quay branch siding where it stopped to attach the quay branch bell. I seized my opportunity there and with no one looking climbed off the train. No central door locking or plug doors then! Or officious staff!!
I then walked in front of the train to the quay station taking photos along the way.
I returned from Quay station back to Southampton with 73119 taking the train from Bournemouth.
I then returned to Bristol via Fareham with 33001 to Fareham and 33020 back to Bristol. At Bristol a 3 car 'Heritage' DMU worked the stopper to Taunton which I then connected with a Paddington to Plymouth HST back to Exeter.
A very memorable day out!. Kind Regards Paul Barlow