A wet day in the West Country

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Harry Norman

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Sunday 3rd September 2017 should have been a very special day on the railways in the West Country with two Bulleid Pacifics scheduled to run along the Sea Wall and to pass each other at Tiverton and Exeter: 'twas not to be. Firstly, 34046 was replaced by 46100 on the train to Par and then, on the morning of the run, the "Royal Scot" was pulled because the "paperwork" wasn't in order! Thus "officialdom" spoilt a day out for 300 or more people (plus countless others) who had their train headed by a diesel . . . . The second Bulleid was "Clan Line" and the engine gave a magnificent account of itself on the "Torbay Limited" to Kingswear but the torrential rain meant the passengers had to endure four hours or so in Dartmouth. Watching the trains wasn't much fun, as evidenced in our clip of 7827 "Lydham Manor" arriving past the stock of the excursion train (that's the footpath, not a stream, on the left!) At Staverton, further up the River Dart, "Small Prairie" 5526 was drenched and the day ends at Bridgwater where there was, indeed, water everywhere, as the rain poured down on a very high-speed "Clan Line" making up lost time caused by an HST.

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