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 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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