British Railways Standards

Although steam was short lived under nationalisation, British Railways was still able to create a fleet of powerful and unique locomotives to assist the transition to Diesel and Electric

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Seen stored at Wansford station is 1954 built BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0 No 73050 ‘City of Peterborough’.

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Flagship British Railways Standard Class 7, 70000 ‘Britannia’ works the return service of the ‘Torbay Express’ from Kingswear to Bristol Temple Meads along the banks of the River Teign, whistling loudly and proudly to the sound of the water and the Seagulls. (14/06/15)

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BR Standard Class 5, 73129

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Bearing down on Teignmouth with the final Torbay Express of the year is preserved British Railways Standard Class 7, 70000 ‘Britannia’. (13/09/15)

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Seen undergoing a major overhaul at Swanwick Junction is BR 2-6-4T Class 4MT 80080. The last time I encountered this locomotive was on the East Lancashire Railway during its Winter Steam Gala in early 2012.

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Seen steaming along the Teignmouth Sea Wall at Sprey Point is preserved British Railways Standard Class 7, 70000 ‘Britannia’, operating the 1Z27 ‘Torbay Express’ from Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear. (23/08/2015)

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Ploughing and whistling north out of Teignmouth with the 1Z28 ‘Torbay Express’ from Kingswear to Bristol Temple Meads is preserved British Railways Standard Class 7, 70000 ‘Britannia’. (23/08/2015)

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Crusing along the Teignmouth Sea Wall on a glorious sunny Devon day, preserved British Railways Standard Class 7, 70000 ‘Britannia’ takes its first turn on the somewhat weary ‘Royal Duchy’ railtour from Bristol Temple Meads to Par, which has failed twice on its previous runs, with Tangmere failing following departure from Plymouth on the return working, and Union of South Africa breaking down between Teignmouth and Newton Abbot on the outbound journey. Let’s hope this engine’s fortunes are higher! (06/09/2015)

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Flagship British Railways Standard Class 7, 70000 ‘Britannia’ works the ‘Torbay Express’ from Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear around the corner at Eastcliff just outside Teignmouth station. (14/06/15)