Today saw another visit by the Duchess hauling “The Royal Duchy” but on this occasion only on the Bristol to Plymouth portion. There were concerns last time when it was using the turntable at St. Blazey depot because of the sheer size, weight and length of the locomotive. West Coast Railways chose 47580 “County of Essex” in its Heritage Corporate Blue livery complete with a large union jack panel to take the train on from Plymouth to Par and return to Plymouth.
It was timed earlier than the Duchess and is seen here passing the Rockstone footbridge on its way to Plymouth to be ready to take over the train.
Video of 47580 coming into Teignmouth from along the sea wall taken by Nick Campbell
Unfortunately a short shower of rain heralded the arrival of the Duchess along the Dawlish sea wall
Nick Campbell was again on hand to see the Duchess pass through Teignmouth station.
The LMS “Coronation” class consisted of 38 locomotives and were certainly amongst the finest of express locomotives epitomising grace and power to run in Britain. (Hard for me to say being brought up in the LNER eastern region!)
The Duchess was having a good run and arrived in Plymouth 5 minutes early. The picture below was taken by Noel Downie as the Duchy entered Totnes station preparing for the hard slog up Rattery incline, four and a quarter miles of upward gradient mostly between 1:45 and 1:65 that awaits it at the other end of the station.