Today’s special ran to time and produced the last of the class DB Cargo UK 67030 hauling the 9 coach special from Reading to Kingswear. The loco and coaches actually started and finished at Eastleigh. The Class 67’s were introduced in 1999 built in Spain primarily for high speed post office trains. At 3200bhp they are capable of 125mph which is more speed than the stock that they now pull. After the plug was pulled on Royal Mail trains they have had to be found other work  and can be seen on widely different duties from Royal Train use,specials such as today’s, freight workings and NR test trains and short term top and tail passenger trains along with rail cleaning. According to Wikipedia today’s loco was named Schenker but I could see no sign of the nameplate so presumably it was removed when the fleet changed to DB Cargo.The picture shows the loco approaching Dawlish station on the return run. The Dawlish Beach Blenheim camera can just be made out on the wall of the pink guest house of the same name. What an ideal location for railway fans to choose for their holiday accommodation.

 

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