Posted in Railways on Sunday 23rd July 2006 at 11:15pm

I missed the first Torbay Express of the year last Sunday. Partly due to being disoriented by just returning from my trip, and partly through semi-drunken confusion about what day it was. I heard the whistle from at my parent's place, and immediately remembered I'd quite confidently told someone it was next week! Feeling guilty, I wandered down to the station later but it was just a little too dark for a picture. So this week I was out early, braving a brief summer shower to get my picture. There had been talk about an accompanying diesel locomotive due to the fear of lineside fires, but there was no sign when the train passed, pretty well on time.

6024 King Edward I thunders through a damp Highbridge
6024 King Edward I thunders through a damp Highbridge

I later found out that 67023 had chased the King down just a few minutes later. A perfect excuse to head back to the station this evening to watch the King and it's attendant passing Highbridge in the hazy evening sun. Once again, the light slipped behind the trees far more quickly than I'd hoped, but I had time for a pretty fair shot.

The Return of the King - passing Highbridge Loop
The Return of the King - passing Highbridge Loop

67023 trundled rather forlornly past a few moments later. Chatted a little to the assembled locals before heading home, having got my first shots this year of this now annual event.



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