Not quite as exciting as Carnivals and Red Arrows but today saw a trainload of ardent rail travellers passing through on the “Plymouth Invader” excursion from Norwich to Plymouth. Starting out just before 5am for an 8 hour journey to Plymouth for a 4 hour stop-over before another 8 hours return journey, arriving back at 1am must take some stamina! Their hearts must have sunk when West Coast rail 47851 failed shortly after starting out. However the second engine 45854 “Diamond Jubilee” took over and from being an hour late managed to get to Plymouth a mere 1 minute late. It would have been early but it had to remain in Exeter St. Davids station to allow a late running Cross Country York to Plymouth express service take precedence over it. My picture was taken from the Rockstone Bridge on Dawlish sea wall looking back towards Langstone Rock, also known as Red Rock at Dawlish Warren, in a fortunate patch of sunshine between the frequent rain showers.

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