Brighton - Exeter St. Davids 1977 - 1980
The Saturdays only Brighton - Exeter St. Davids - Brighton train in the mid 1970's was notable in that it was formed of 'Hastings' DEMU stock. However, commencing with the May 1977 timetable it became locomotive hauled, this arrangement continuing until May 1980.
The train was normally headed by Class 33 locomotives, a single one in winter and a pair in summer (from 1978) when the train had extra carriages. Pairs also appeared on Saturdays around Christmas and Easter if extra carriages were added.
At the time Class 33 locomotives were also used on Waterloo - Exeter St. Davids trains. However, whilst these were allocated to Eastleigh those used on the Brighton train were usually those allocated to Hither Green.
Details of the locomotives known to have been used can be found here
Details of locomotives used on other dates as well as any corrections would be welcomed by Peter Hall
Last updated: 15th November 2019