LMS 46100 Royal Scot made its second and final appearance hauling the Royal Duchy express today and looked to be in fine fettle. Unfortunately by the time it reached Exeter St. Davids on the return journey it was so low on coal that it had to leave the train and let the diesel which should have taken over the train at Taunton come to finish the job! The third and last Royal Duchy is due on September 3rd when the locomotive booked is SR Rebuilt Battle of Britain class 34052 Lord Dowding. This loco is in fact West Country class 34046 Braunton which will revert back to its true identity at the end of the year. It is due to pass along the sea wall a couple more times on September 26th and October 14th when it is hauling two Cathedral Express specials to Kingswear.
The featured image above shows Royal Scot rounding the bend at Langstone Rock which marks the boundary between Dawlish Warren beach and Dawlish beach. The second picture below is as it exits Kennaway tunnel and runs into Dawlish town. Note the extremely unusual brickwork of the tunnel entrance.
Nick Campbell had a close call at Teignmouth station when a westbound Cross Country Voyager passed a few moments before the Duchy entered the scene.