Loading...

HST arriving Westbury.MP4

390 views

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Jun 10, 2010

I enjoyed a train ride from Bournemouth to Weymouth on Wednesday June 9th 2010. From Weymouth I travelled up to Westbury via Yeovil. Despite being a former railwayman, I had never travelled on the route to Cary Cary. The two car diesel unit was absolutely packed and would eventually finish its journey in Gloucester. As you can see from the photography it was a gloomy day but there was very little rain. The London bound HST still looks fast and sleek even though the design is over 40 years old.The guard on this train used a traditional whistle that had been given to him by his father - a retired BR Guard. The two power cars have been re-engined and sound much different to the original Valentas. Incidentally, the First Great Western staff at Westbury are very friendly and helpful. They even took care not to spoil any photographs being taken by the dozen or so railway enthusiasts (ranging from youngsters to people of around 80 or so). I was made very welcome. If you fancy a day out enjoying trains at this important junction, you won't be disappointed. I had lunch at the Railway Inn, opposite the end of the station approach road. It's a bit gloomy inside but I enjoyed a good pint and some freshly cooked and tasty fish and chips with a sprinkling of salad. The Nigerian Landlord was a friendly chap and he told me that he has several fellow countrymen who runs pubs. However, they're unlikely to present fish and chips as well prepared as I enjoyed that day. I must visit Westbury again. One disappointing thing was that I could hear (and briefly glimpse) high speed trains by-passing Westbury on the nearby 'Westbury Avoiding line'. However, I did see a Class 50 Hoover pass through the station, towing a partly restored Class 37 (the driver told me they were taking the blue primer covered and paper masked 37 to Cardiff. For repairs perhaps?). It was wonderful to see a Class 50 - in its two tone green livery and obviously in excellent trim 'earning its keep' on the mainline where they're meant to be! It was 'A grand day out' as Wallace would say! Thanks First Great Western staff at Westbury - I enjoyed my last day of my holiday thanks to you all.

Loading...

When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...