Even for the most dedicated and insane rail enthusiast, a return "on the engine" of a class 159 would be very uncomfortable, dangerous and, almost certainly, impossible.
A delightful journey down the former Southern Railway route to the West Country, a naming ceremony on arrival at Axminster, a Gala event at the Tramway and even a major Classic Car show at Seaton, right alongside the tram terminus.
After decades of painful decline the turning point for the Southern Railway's route to the West Country came twenty years ago with the introduction of the comfortable Class 159/0 units. A pair of these will form our special train. Road transport will be provided for the short hop to Seaton itself.
The 0840 excursion from Waterloo ...
Upon arrival at Axminster, Alan and the trainload witnssed newsreader Nicholas Owen naming the 159 DMU "The Seaton Tramway"; but sadly was unable to photograph the event itself because of the huge wodge of excited enthusiasts. Here is the best he could do ...
Then a flock of Sewards finest coaches conveyed the party to the Underfleet car park at Seaton; where the coaches snoozed peacefully until their short return journey.
To conclude this excursion into the super Seaton excursion, we look (briefy) at the Classic Car show and the tramway's operation tomorrow.