A particularly soggy night saw the Night Riviera in trouble at Treesmill, near Par. The loco 57605 suffered a loss of power and declared a failure. Single Line Working (SLW) was implemented Par to Lostwithiel over the down main line for the Voyager 2C80 caught behind. I was Pilot, and colleagues including Gareth Dood kindly assisted clipping up the points at Lostwithiel with no facing point locks (FPLs). Two facing crossovers to the movement made this procedure relatively straightforward.
It was eerie passing the sleeper train at a stand enroute, fully lit and warm with the 57 purposefully humming away on the front.
SLW was cancelled and arrangements made to propel the train back to Par to allow the coupling of a Castle set scrambled from Long Rock. The short bar coupling expertly coupled on by GWR's Steve Cocks. The delicate manoeuvering of the Castle set to stop inch perfect to allow the coupling pin to be attached in appalling weather by Driver Keith was skillful to say the least.
The ensemble got away around 3am and was replaced by a Hitachi set at Plymouth for the journey onward. It could have been worse had we seen snow!
Cheers, Craig Munday