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Countdown to first Torbay Express of summer 2017
Countdown to first Torbay Express of summer 2017

We are on the countdown until the first Torbay Express of summer 2017, as it's now less than eight weeks until 18th June. We are starting to get excited and hope you are too!


High Speed Tornado on Torbay Express
High Speed Tornado on Torbay Express

As you will no doubt be aware Tornado No. 60163 recently ran at 100mph on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between Doncaster and Newcastle during trials to increase its running speeds for main line operations. So we have our fingers crossed about the speed that may be achieved when Tornado is hauling the Torbay Express this summer.

 

For a detailed report on Tornado's high speed trials please have a look at the A1 Trust website.

 

Image courtesy of Mark Wilkins.

 

 


Torbay Express Charity of the year 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Torbay Express charity of the year for 2017 is Above and Beyond   This is a charity that raises funds to help Bristol city centre hospitals provide more than the NHS can.  This includes creating welcoming environments, funding innovative research, supporting staff training and development, and providing state of the art equipment. 


The hospitals supported include:

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Clan Line to Haul the Torbay Express this summer

We are very pleased to be able to announce that Clan Line No. 35028 has been added to the pool of locomotives booked to haul the Torbay Express in summer 2017.


10% DISCOUNT ON 1st TORBAY EXPRESS OF 2017
10% DISCOUNT ON 1st TORBAY EXPRESS OF 2017

We are delighted to offer 10% discount on the prices of the first Torbay Express of our Summer 2017 programme.

 

Please note the discount is only available until 31 March and the discount has already been taken from the prices on our Booking System.


BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR 2017
BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR 2017

We are now taking bookings for the programme of Torbay Express steam train excursions in Summer 2017.


2016 prices held for 2017
2016 prices held for 2017

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to hold our 2016 prices for 2017 and that we have added a new pick-up station - Yatton.

 

Booking will be open shortly.

 

We would like to wish all our passengers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you again in 2017


TORNADO TO HAUL TORBAY EXPRESS
TORNADO TO HAUL TORBAY EXPRESS

We are delighted to announce that the Torbay Express on 4 and 11 September 2016 will be hauled by iconic Tornado No. 60163.

 

Tornado is a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive built by the A1 Steam Trust to the original design and which made its first public moves in steam in August 2008.


PADDLE STEAMER 'KINGSWEAR CASTLE' ON 11 SEPTEMBER
PADDLE STEAMER 'KINGSWEAR CASTLE' ON 11 SEPTEMBER

We have been advised by the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway that the Paddle Steamer 'Kingswear Castle' will NOT be running the 1 ¼ hour river cruises on Sunday 11th September 2016 at 12:00, 14:00 or 15:30. It will instead be operating a river cruise lasting approximately 50 min departing Dartmouth at 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30.  

 

The price will be £8.50 instead of  the usual £15.


CHARITY FOR 2016 - BRANDON TRUST
CHARITY FOR 2016 - BRANDON TRUST

A raffle is held on board each Torbay Express train to raise funds for charity and this year The Brandon Trust has been chosen as our Charity of the Year.

 

The Brandon Trust is a UK based charity working across southern England. It supports adults and children with learning disabilities and autism. They believe that all people with learning disabilities should be able to live a life of freedom with fewer limitations. The Trust work with people who can inspire and enable those they support to set themselves free so they can reach for their dreams and be all they can be.

 


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