Torquay is a nice place, but I'd have to wait quite a while to discover that, for reasons that will become apparent later. After the normal journey across London (although surprisingly less tedious than usual), the 11:06 to Plymouth awaited me on Platform 2. It didn't just await me though, it was rammed, with only a few seats to spare! There were signal problems in the Reading area, so here's the real time information:
Station, Expected dep - real dep (DELAY)
London Paddington, 1106 - 1106 (ON TIME)
Reading, 1133 - 1150 (17 LATE)
Pewsey, 1203 - 1222 (19 LATE)
Westbury, 1221 - 1242 (21 LATE)
Castle Cary, 1239 - 1302 (23 LATE)
Taunton, 1302 - 1327 (25 LATE)
Tiverton Parkway, 1315 - 1342 (27 LATE)
Exeter St Davids, 1332 - 1359 (27 LATE)
And then, on the way to the toilet via some running, this greeted me!
And, on the same platform, 150232 pulled in working a service to Paignton. Admittedly the one after the planned 14:10 (14:42 leaving Newton Abbot), but I only arrived about 30 minutes late!
That's it for Part 1. Part 2 (about the second part of the day) will be coming soon.
|43002 or 253001 hauling a Torbay Express service towards London Paddington|
|150232 in the new GWR livery, taking a service from Exmouth to Paignton.|