Andrew & Diane Jones
Honiton Tunnel has suffered numerous landslips in recent years caused by complex geology and natural springs, which culminated in a derailment during 2001 and is classed as one of the most at risk sites in the south of England.
Two retaining walls have been built some 32 metres in length and 16 metres in length including improved drainage and extensive ground works.
Very best wishes from Andrew and Diane.
The RMT strike due to take place today (5th November 2022) was unexpectedly cancelled on Friday afternoon, meaning that it was not possible to reinstate the normal Saturday timetable and so leaving many routes with no services. One very welcome addition that did get slotted in was a 3S32 STP 1002 Swindon Transfer - Swindon Transfer via Bristol Parkway, Temple Meads (rev) - Parkway - Swindon (rev) -Oldfield Park (rev) -Westbury (rev) - Swindon Rail Head Treatment Train. Rather than the pair of Colas class 66s that have been working the Swindon RHTT of late, motive power turned out to be class 56s 56105 and 56096, very rare traction for the Melksham branch. I braved the elements, went out in the less than favourable weather and recorded the working as it passed through Melksham station.
Note: I saw it reported that overnight (4th-5th Nov) a second pair of 56s, 56049 and 56090, worked a 3S59 2100 (Fri) Swindon - Bristol - Westbury - Bristol - Exeter St Davids - Bristol - Swindon RHTT. Hopefully someone recorded this rare and almost certainly unique event at Exeter?
Regards for now, Guy Vincent.