A marathon day out for the excursionists on board lasting some 19 hours. Setting off from Tame Bridge Parkway near Birmingham at 5.40am and reaching Penzance at 1.06pm. Three hours to enjoy the festival then back on the train at 4.07pm with the prospect of not getting home until 16 minutes after midnight. You need some stamina for that! The locomotives as expected were 50049 Defiance and 50007 Hercules, both owned by the Class 50 Alliance. What was a surprise was that on the seaward side they were masquerading as 50011 Centurian and 50006 Neptune both of which were scrapped approx 30 years ago. The video that follows at the bottom of this post contains an additional clip of the Saturday only 3 coach service from St Erth to Exeter and return to Penzance using the loco and coaches from the Night Riviera, this week powered by 57605 Restormel Castle which arrived at Teignmouth shortly before the 50’s.

Picture below kindly provided by Noel Downie taken at Totnes.