EDs go west… eventually

A series of technical issues hit UK Railtours’ trip to Paignton, but the Class 73s made it there in the end.

Problems with the braking equipment of GBRf electro-diesels Nos. 73962 and 73963 resulted in UK Railtours’ ‘Herd of Wildebeeste’ getting off to a false start on July 16.

The rare sight of electro-diesels working a passenger train in Devon – GBRf’s Nos. 73962 and 73963 depart Paignton on July 16 with the return leg of UK Railtours’ ‘Herd Of Wildebeeste’ charter to Waterloo. Photo taken on an iPhone 6. Robert Sherwood
The rare sight of electro-diesels working a passenger train in Devon – GBRf’s Nos. 73962 and 73963 depart Paignton on July 16 with the return leg of UK Railtours’ ‘Herd Of Wildebeeste’ charter to Waterloo. Photo taken on an iPhone 6. Robert Sherwood

The fault resulted in the inbound empty stock working to Waterloo, where the train was meant to begin, being two-and-a-half hours late, so the decision was made to start the tour at Basingstoke instead.

With the two ‘73/9s’ leading, and Nos. 73128 and 73107 on the rear, the tour finally left Basingstoke at 09.35 against a booked time of 09.17.

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