Monday, 28 November 2011

The end has come!

I know I have been banging on about the Class 142's but the end has come for the Pacers operated by First Great Western.Yesterday FGW held a farewell tour. The first half if the day consisted of:
Exeter St Davids-Alphington Road-Exeter St Davids.

Exeter St Davids-Newton Abbot-Heathfield-Newton Abbot-Exeter St Davids.

After a 35 minute lunch break the trio began the second half of the day:

Exeter St Davids-Crediton-Okehampton-Meldon Quarry-.Okehampton-Crediton-Eggesford-Barnstaple-Eggesford-Exeter St Davids.

Exeter St Davids-Plymouth-Exeter St Davids.

Initially the tour used 142001,142063 and 142068 however 068 developed a Coolant Fault so the crew poured cold bottled water in there. Later on the brakes  were dragging. 142063 developed wheel flats (whatever that is) . On arrival to Exeter before the Plymouth run, 142063/8 were taken off and replaced with 142009.

It was a great but sad day and I will make a final farewell video in due course.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Last day of the FGW Pacers!

Tomorrow (27th November)  sees the last day of First Great Western class 142's. To mark their Departure FGW are having a farewell tour where they will Take three Pacers from Exeter st Davids to:
Newton Abbott
Meldon Quarry.

It should be a good event. Will post again saying how it was tomorrow.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Torquay gains an Olympian!

This morning I saw a very unusual sight on the 66C. After finding out what it is doing here it turns out N859VHH has come down to torquay form Wellington. I tried to get a ride this afternoon after school, unfortunately I was told she had returned to the Depot after interior lights had failed. I do hope this bus is here to stay!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The 142's are departing!

As most of you are aware,the First Great western Class 142 "Pacers" are returning to Northern Rail. Unfortunately 142029 and 142064 have already returned. There is a scheduled farewell tour on the 27th November 2011 with trips all over Devon in a triple Pacer including 142001.It is certainly sad to see these go!