Yesterday was a bit of a disaster for the patrons on the Torbay Express. Unfortunately Tornado failed a fitness to run examination and so the express was headed by a DB Cargo freight locomotive though of course these are quite capable of running at the 75mph limit that there is on the steam loco. The return run was a bit of a disaster though because of a complete signal failure around Exeter which caused chaos. Starting out from Paignton half an hour late the train then had to wait almost a further hour sat in Newton Abbot station and after further delays finally arrived back at Bristol Temple Meads at 23.13pm some two and a quarter hours late.

Nick was as usual on hand to see the return run passing through Teignmouth station two hours late at this point.