Regards, Clive Smith
Gloucester is also in the running for a prize at Chelsea - or possibly just an extended 'No Mow May'!
Here's a photo I took on 30th June 2022.
Incidentally, I believe Gloucester has the longest platform length in the CRS patch.
Some great shots from contributors of Clan Line on the ACE last Saturday. I was down at Seaton Junction - along with about 40 other assorted souls on the public footpath bridge - but didn't get a shot as the rain was so hard my phone screen would not respond to my fingers! (I wasn't the only on in this situation). Never mind - we just enjoyed the sound of Clan Line working hard and all that swirling steam as she thundered through.
What I did notice was that the station footbridge has now been removed completely - there is no trace other than a concrete base just to the south of the current through line. I was last at Seaton Junction late 2019 and I'm pretty sure it was still intact then. Your eagle eyed readers will spot that these shots of Clan Line are taken from the now defunct station footbridge. You used to be able to fight your way through the undergrowth to gain access. It was of course outside of the boundary fences, both along the north platform face (visible to the left in the images) and the current boundary to the right which is now completely overtaken by nature.
Wikipedia states about Clan Line and The Atlantic Coast Express "While working the latter in 1961, it was unofficially timed at 104 mph (167 km/h) passing Axminster." I bet that was a sight!