6th July 2008
Past Time Rail
The Torbay Express
|Locos Used||D7535 & steam: 34067 'Tangmere'|
1Z27 : Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear
1Z28 : Kingswear to Bristol Temple Meads
|34067||Bristol Temple Meads - Weston-super-Mare - Taunton - Exeter St Davids - Newton Abbot - Paignton - Paignton South G.F.|
|34067 (1)||Paignton South G.F. - Kingswear|
|34067 (1)||Kingswear - (reverse of outward route) - Paignton South GF|
|34067||Paignton South GF - (reverse of outward route) - Bristol Temple Meads|
(1) D7535 on rear.
Source : John Clifford (on the train throughout)
(by John Clifford)
This was the first of the regular trips run every Sunday until the end of September. For me this was a case of third time lucky. I had booked on the train in the two previous years to get "Tangmere" on the train but it was substituted by 6024 "King Edward I" on both occasions.
Because of engineering work the engine & support coach were late arriving at Temple Meads from Barton Hill to collect the stock so we had a late start. We were behind the 0930 Bristol - Weston which we caught up at Yatton. Hence we left Weston 29 min late. The water stop at Taunton was cut short but we were then held at Exeter for the 0857 ex-Paddington to pass. Arrival at Paignton was 27 min late. After pulling forward on to the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway their D7535 was attached to the rear in case there were any adhesion problems over their line.
There was some brisk running on the return. After taking water at Exeter we gained time & by not taking water at Taunton we passed Uphill Jn 34 min early. We then had to wait outside Weston for the 2038 to Paddington to go & when we got into the station we waited for a down train to arrive. Even so we got to Bristol 21 min early. A good day out.
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Clifford)
|Bristol Temple Meads||09.18d||
|Weston-super-Mare||09.41a ~ 09.43d||
10.08 ~ 10.12
|21.08a ~ 21.10d||
20.45 ~ 20.54
|Highbridge & Burnham||?||
|Taunton||10w17a ~ 10w42d||
10.45 ~ 11.02
|20w15a ~ 20w35d||
20.03 ~ 20.05
|Cowley Bridge Jn||11/13||
|Exeter St. Davids||11.16a ~ 11.19d||
11.40 ~ 11.56
|18w44a ~ 19w29d||
18.40 ~ 19.27
|Paignton||12.08a ~ 12.24d||
12.35 ~ 12.56
|17.45a ~ 17.57d||
17.52 ~ 17.57
|Paignton South GF||?||12L59 ~ 13L06||?||17L42 ~ 17L49|
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