Guy Vincent. Many thanks Guy, a superb picture. Personally, In a way, I think the guys on the platform add to the excitement of the scene.
On a damp, dismal day in Devon the first train for many a year ran from Okehampton to London got off to a bad start.
On arrival at Exeter passengers then boarded a replacement HST set. The replacement set was working ECS from Laira to Paignton for a Paddington service. It was cancelled at Newton Abbot and then ran ECS to Exeter for the charter.
It got into difficulties around Bow and ground to a halt - not sure if it was on the outward or inward trip. Arrival at Crediton was 18 late and it's departure was some 45 minutes late. The rear power car 43194 had wheel flats so at Exeter the train was terminated. An ECS from Laira to Paignton (for a Paddington service) was terminated at Newton Abbot and instead ran ECS to Exeter. Here the luckless passengers changed trains to this one for Paddington.
Two messages are combined above and tell the sad tale. What hard luck for everybody concerned - our sympathies. One can only hope that the rest of their day was absolutely brilliant. Many thanks to David for the report.
A couple from the week gone by.
Sadly one of the gloomiest March months I can remember.
Cheers for now, Craig Many thanks Craig - summer is coming - we hope!