First Great Western - Class 57 (Loco Hauled)
During the Summer of 2014, First Great Western introduced a Saturday's only Locomotive Hauled Diagram in order to release a Class 150 Unit from it's normal operations. The service uses day coaching stock from the overnight 'Night Rivera' service, the Mk3 coaches are a huge improvement in customer comfort, but the set does provide less seating than normal. On the 19th July I ventured into Cornwall to travel on board the 11:25 service from Par to Exeter. On the day of travel the set had been strengthen to four coaches rather than two or three. The train has been popular with passengers and enthusiasts, coupled with the summer holidays the additional coaching stock was certainly a welcome sight. The Saturday diagram will continue to operate while First Great Western begin to refurbish their unit fleet, and fit new disabled toilets/ access into all of their trains.