Railtours managing on to the Dartmouth Steam Railway are a common incidence above the Summer months months every year. Kicking things off this year, Ex-LNER A4 Course – 60009 “Union of South Africa” hauled the Railway Touring Company’s ‘The Dartmouth Express’ from Guildford to Kingswear and back again.
The tour labored from Guildford to Bristol Temple Meads with Diesel haulage, before 60009 took above the reigns for the remainder of the journey to Kingswear. Course 37 – 6975, resident of the Dartmouth Steam Railway, was hooked up to the consist at Goodrington Sands to provide help to 60009 on Goodrington Bank, as very well as for the operational benefit of shunting the coaching inventory at Kingswear. The return run would mirror the outbound leg of the tour, with “Union of South Africa” at the helm as significantly as Bristol Temple Meads, before a Diesel would get above for the relaxation of the journey back again to Guildford.
Choosing up the tour at Cogload Jn, the cameras capture 60009 in her stride as the locomotive pounds in direction of Taunton, before shifting Southwards to capture the A4 attack Wellington bank at Whiteball. Moving on to DSR metals at Goodrington Sands, we see the tour start off the climb up Goodrington Bank with both of those 60009 and 6975 on the energy. For the return leg of the tour, we very first see the consist gliding alongside the waters-edge as it departs Kingswear, before a closing shot on the sea wall at Dawlish.
All footage filmed on Saturday the 8th of June 2019.