THE TORBAY EXPRESS
In 2014 THE TORBAY EXPRESS will be operating on :
Here is a link to some video footage of the First Torbay Express of this summer courtesy of Kristian Gough:
A day out on THE TORBAY EXPRESS is a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy train travel as it used to be in bygone days when steam was king and everyone travelled to their summer holiday on the English Riviera aboard a train.
THE TORBAY EXPRESS steam-hauled train follows the route of Brunel’s picturesque Great Western Railway, speeding across the Somerset levels and around the beautiful Devon coastline on one of the most enchanting railway journeys in the world.
You can choose to spend a break of up to five hours enjoying a relaxed time in the seaside resort of Paignton, where you can take a dip in the sea on the magnificent sea front; try the arcades or ice cream parlours. Remaining aboard will take you to our ultimate destination of Kingswear, where you can take the ferry across the River Dart to beautiful and historic Dartmouth (the ferry crossing is included in the ticket price).
Local attractions at Dartmouth include the nearby National Trust properties of Greenway House (former home of Agatha Cristie) and Coleton Fishacre (the former country home of the D'Oyly Carte family), theBritannia Royal Naval College (giving an insight into the Royal Navy), Dartmouth Castle, cruises on the River Dart (including aboard paddle steamer Kingswear Castle* - the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today, and of course the fashionable and fascinating waterside town of Dartmouth itself.
Operating on summer Sundays THE TORBAY EXPRESS departs Bristol Temple Meads at approximately 09:15 on its scenic journey to the West and the spectacular coastal route to Torbay. Arrival back in Bristol is at about 20:10 (depending on the route).
Historic steam locomotives which haul THE TORBAY EXPRESS include 5029 Nunney Castle, 4464 Bittern, 70000 Britannia (which hauled the Royal Train in 2012) and 34046 Braunton.
* Passengers on THE TORBAY EXPRESS who pre-book a harbour cruise aboard the 'Kingswear Castle' direct with the operators can claim 10% discount.
Travel is in heritage carriages with comfortable seats and is aligned with large picture windows to take advantage of the fabulous views . Most seating is at tables for four. Premier and First Class passengers travel in deep-cushioned seats. A limited number of tables for two with guaranteed window seats can be reserved at a supplement of £25 per person.
Premier Dining £215 per person includes at seat silver service dining: a glass of Buck's Fizz after morning departure, a hearty English breakfast, and a glass of champagne, followed by a four course dinner with coffee and chocolates on the return journey.
First Class £139 per person includes a complimentary service of coffee and tea together with a Croisant & preserves and a Danish Pastry on the outward journey and on the return an English Afternoon Tea (tea/coffee with finger sandwiches and a slice of cake). Other refreshments may be purchased.
Standard Class £89 per person £55 per junior (under 16 years) - Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Juniors) £250
GROUP BOOKING DISCOUNT - Discount of £20 for parties of four booked at the same time (N.B. NOT FAMILY TICKETS)
Special dietary requirements can be catered for, providing we are advised in advance, preferably at the time of booking. Sandwiches, snacks, confectionery and hot drinks can be purchased from the buffet, together with a selection of wines, other alcoholic and soft drinks.
The above fares apply to all joining stations. We regret that Premier Dining is not available to passengers boarding at Taunton.
Video of The Torbay Express courtesy of My Destination Bristol.
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