Though overshadowed by the Dawlish events, I'd like to place on record thanks to the guys in orange trousers in Network Rail who toiled in, at times, in awful conditions. The S&T department changed hundreds of ruined components, point motors, tuning units, cables, etc and then had to test each piece of equipment before commissioning. A process that is usually planned weeks in advance, and installed, tested over a number of days or weeks, rather than the 3/4 days they had. The PW gangs cleared away tons of flotsam & Jetsam, troughing lids, boulders, ballast and other material that had been picked up & tossed like childs toys.
The result was trains to the buffer stops, and here are some pictures taken under a brooding sky. Cheers for now, Craig
Many thanks to Craig for the pictures and the tribute which we all second as well.