Video produced by Dr Mark Davis of SeeLearn - Lineside footage courtesy of Geoff Leonard.
THE TORBAY EXPRESS & TORNADO
For the first time since 2011 No 60163 TORNADO hauled the TORBAY EXPRESS this season, on 12 July, 26 July and 2 August.
The Torbay Express Team were delighted to work with TORNADO again.
For information about TORNADO please visit the A1 Steam Trust website
THE TORBAY EXPRESS
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 Christie) and Coleton Fishacre (the former country home of the D'Oyly Carte family), the Britannia 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).
THE TORBAY EXPRESS operates on summer Sundays:
The last TORBAY EXPRESS of 2015 will run on 13 September departing from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury & Taunton.
Famous steam locomotives which haul THE TORBAY EXPRESS include 70000 Britannia (which hauled the Royal Train in 2012) and 60163 Tornado. Subject to the locomotives passing all the relevant tests and nothing failing on the day the remaining programme for 2015 is:
70000 Britannia - 13 September departing from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury & Taunton
* Passengers on THE TORBAY EXPRESS who pre-book a harbour cruise aboard the steam fired Paddle Steamer 'Kingswear Castle' direct with the operators can claim 10% discount.
Travel is in heritage carriages with comfortable seats 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 £225 per person includes at seat silver service dining: a glass of Buck's Fizz after morning departure, a hearty English breakfast, and on the return journey, a glass of champagne, followed by a four course dinner with coffee and chocolates.
First Class £145 per person includes a complimentary service of coffee and tea with a selection of pastries on the outward journey and a Devon cream Tea on the return.
Standard Class £95 per person £60 per junior (under 16 years) - Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Juniors) £280
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 because of time constraints Premier Dining is not available to passengers boarding at Taunton.
Subject to availability of the seating required, we can accept bookings within three days of the date of running, but we will usually confirm your seat reservation and other details by phone or by email, and your boarding pass(es) will be handed to you at your seat(s) on the day.
Here is some footage of the first Torbay Express of 2015 and some of summer 2014:
Sunday 6 July 2014 courtesy of Kristian Gough:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj6hM0ztGoM
Sunday 3 August 2014 courtesy of Callum Willcox at Nailsea and Backwell station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LObB-mua2I
TRAIN OPERATING COMPANIES
We take the safety of our Torbay Express customers very seriously indeed and insist that the Train Operating Companies we select for our excursions take this matter as seriously as we do. Thus we engage only reputable Train Operating Companies with a proven record of safety and reliability. Our selected train operator is DB Schenker.