Saturday, 30 September 2017

67030 "The Torbay & Dartmouth Explorer", 30th September 2017

67030 5Z27 05:05 Eastleigh - Reading, 1Z27 06:15 Reading - Guildford - Havant - Eastleigh - Romsey - Kingswear, 1Z28 16:15 Kingswear - Reading - Guildford - Havant - Eastleigh

67030 leads past Crampmoor.

There were two RBRs adjacent to each other in the consist, 1671 and 1657 The latter, seen here, is ex-works from Eastleigh, where it had been through overhaul, following storage by DRS there in the 2009 period - it was present at the 2009 open day. Built by Pressed Steel at Linwood to Lot 30628, it entered traffic in 1960. It was withdrawn in May 1991, spent some time at Llangollen, then returned to mainline use in November 2004 operating with Fragonset in their Blue Pullman, later with Stobart / DRS. After further ownership changes it is now with Riviera, and this may be a first day out in close to a decade.