Today saw the first of three programmed runs this week of the 9 car Hitachi bi-mode express train from Stoke Gifford to Penzance and back. Times today of it passing through Dawlish were very close to the timetabled 7.52am down train and 14.21pm  up return, and will probably be similar for Thursday and Friday. Unfortunately the tide was out at Cockwood Harbour where much work is going on to strengthen the sea defences  The mud doesn’t look too appealing unless you are a hippo!