The moment we had been waiting for. But for many it had been a very long wait, 50 years since the last steam-hauled Cornish Riviera from Paddington to Penzance took place, history was to be made again.
The Cornish Riviera itinery had two Western engines on the job, 6024 King Edward I and 5029 Nunney Castle the appropriate pairing for this run. 6024 hauled the run from Paddington to Exeter and would pair up with 5029. Unfortunatly right from the start problems occured. 6024 had steaming problems, along with a fire breaking out in one of the coaches at Newbury resulting in delays. D1015 Western Champion was summond to tow the King and its train from Taunton to Exeter. After Exeter the pair make up the rest of their journey.
The return working two days later was to be more better with little problems occuring. Despite the longest railtour journey either loco had ever made. The weather played a major part in this event by helping us give full sun.
This run was to be the biggest, longest, more challenging, and by far the most expensive to get. More difficult to get than the Great Britain 3 run. But was determined to catch as much of this run as possible without haste. Ironically this film marks the 100 film I made so far.
Locations filmed on the down run:
- Marsh Benham
- Whiteball (D1015 towing 6024)
- Aller Junction
Locations filmed on the return working:
- Langstone Rock
Please note: the shot at Burlescombe was taken on a crossing and not by the lineside as many would mistake, note the crossing sign on the right.