The closure of the Severn Tunnel between September and October 2016 meant that First Great Western began running their High Speed Trains on the Caldicot-Chepstow-Gloucester line. Normally, it is an exceptionally rare sight to see them on this rural set of tracks. Freight traffic has also noticeably increased.
Having injured my foot recently I haven’t been out of the house very much except for essential reasons but today I felt OK enough to walk up to a nearby bridge with the camera and have a look at what was coming through at about lunchtime. The bridge is all that remains of Portskewett station and while it has looked better it is still a sturdy structure. The above train was one of the visitors through the village while I was there.
While waiting for something of interest to come through I was treated to a brief fly-by of Network Rail’s Aerospatiale AS355F2 Ecureuil II G-NTWK helicopter.