1st July 2018
Saphos Trains operated their second summer charter in the South West on Sunday 1st July 2018. Because of the ongoing heat wave, the decision was taken with Network Rail to place veteran Class 47 D1935 (No.47805) inside steam locomotive No.34046 and provided the majority of the power to reduce the risk of stray embers from the steam locomotive. With Network Rails undergrowth in the south-west in full growth and unkept combined with such dry weather conditions, the chances of fire were too high. With the weather having clouded in the for the first time in a couple of weeks (due to localised rain and thunderstorms which were forecast) horses graze in their paddock seemingly oblivious to the history passing them by at Creech St Michael as the locomotives haul the 1Z27 09:06 Bristol Temple Meads - Kingswear 'The English Rivera Express' with the Class 47 powering the train west.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)