Driver Alan Peters
Colas Rail top and tailed class 70's visited the line in the early hours of Wednesday 4th August as 6C41 dropping ballast between North Tawton and Sampford Courteney, due to a fault with 70815 the train had to run round at Okehampton
Class 57 603 brought the late running Reading 05.00 (actual 05.08) to Penzance 10.08 (actual 10.26) ECS, passing me at Apex Bridge 08.47 approximately 11 minutes late.
We ran to time though we did at one stage have a hold up both on the outward journey but made up for it and one at Poole with an empty stock train I understand. It arrived back in Victoria as scheduled, though held up outside until a late running service train had cleared the station at Stewarts Lane.
This worked quite well so I could catch a train from Victoria to Dartford and the connect withing a few minutes with Charing Cross to Gravesend Train that stopped at Northfleet.
The disappointment was not to have the U 31806 out of Weymouth to Southampton due to operational reasons we are told, maybe shortage of staff as I noticed at Weymouth a Train to Westbury was cancelled.
We had a West Coast Diesel with us VE-DAY 47245 at the rear.
45596 Bahamas sounded good.
We hit the rain at Poole, the sort you know in Cornwall that fine drizzle that soaks you, so I was unable to do what I wanted to do. but spied The Quay in the Distance of what's left.
Best regards David Ward.