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Photograph competition
Photograph competition

Torbay Express Photo Competition Terms and Conditions:

 

1 No cash equivalent prize will be awarded;

2 By submitting an entry you are granting Torbay Express Ltd permission to use your photograph;

3 The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into;

4 Entries to be emailed to marketing @ pathfindertours.co.uk with the subject line 'Torbay Photo' or uploaded to the Torbay Express FaceBook page;

5 Low resolution entires may be submitted, but if your photo is selected as one of the prize winners you will be required to submit a high resolution version;

6 The competition closes at midnight on Saturday, 30 September 2017.


PROVISIONAL DATES FOR 2018
PROVISIONAL DATES FOR 2018

Just announced the provisional dates for the Torbay Express on Sundays in 2018:

 

3 June - via Bath Spa

17 June - via Weston-super-Mare,

15 July -  via Bath Spa

29 July - via Weston-super-Mare

19 August -  via Bath Spa, 

2 September - via Weston-super-Mare

16 September - via Bath Spa

 

Full details will follow in October.

 

 

 


Dates for 2018
Dates for 2018

COMING SHORTLY - Dates for the Torbay Express in 2018

 

Watch this space for details.


Clan Line No 35028
Clan Line No 35028

Yesterday, 20 August, the Torbay Express was hauled by steam locomotive Clan Line No. 35028; this was the first timne since 1985 that Clan Line had travelled along this stretch of track.

 

Clan Line will also be hauling the train on 3rd September - the penultimate Torbay Express train of this summer.

 

Phot courtesy of Charlie Greasley.


Clan Line heading to Bristol
Clan Line heading to Bristol
Steam locomotive Clan Line no. 35028 is travelling to Bristol today (15 August) ready for hauling the Torbay Express on Sunday, 20 August. Keep an eye out for the steam as the loco goes by.


There are no seats left for this Sunday, but there are some available on 3 September, when Clan Line is also booked to haul the train (subject to all the usual provisos).


HOT DAY FOR FIRST TORBAY EXPRESS OF SUMMER 2017
HOT DAY FOR FIRST TORBAY EXPRESS OF SUMMER 2017

It was a scorching hot day for the first Torbay Express steam train of summer 2017; so hot and dry in fact that Network Rail imposed a steam ban and we had to run with diesel assistance. As you can see by the photo above, courtesy of Robert Sherwood, Tornado No 60163 looked magnificent, as usual.

 

The next Torbay Express is on 2 July, when Tornado will again be hauling the train (subject to the usual provisos).


'Kingswear Castle' not running on 18 June
'Kingswear Castle' not running on 18 June

We have been advised by the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company that the winter refit of paddle steamer  'Kingswear Castle' has been extended and as a result services will not start until week commencing 19 June. Torbay Express passengers who had booked for 18 June have been contacted by the company. 


Countdown & Clan Line
Countdown & Clan Line

It is now less than four weeks until the first Torbay Express of this summer on Sunday 18 June - getting very close now!

 

We are delighted that Clan Line No. 35028 had a test run on Thursday 18 May.  She hauled one carriage and a 'dead' class 66 locomotive from Crewe to Chester and back, twice. The speed was gradually increased to around 65 mph and the test was a complete success. The next step will be visiting the paint shop, then a loaded test run with a full length train.


Countdown & Clan Line Test Run
Countdown & Clan Line Test Run
It is less than five weeks until the first Torbay Express of summer 2017 on Sunday 18 June - we are definitely getting excited now and looking forward to seeing our lovely coaches in the central siding at Bristol Temple Meads. 

On18 June there are just three single seats available in Premier Dining, one of which is at a table for two. We have a single First Class Plus seat available, but there are still plenty of Standard Class seats.


We have heard that steam locomotive Clan Line Number 35028 is due to have a test run in the next couple of weeks, so we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed!


Image courtesy of Paul Blowfield.


Less than Six weeks until 1st Torbay Express of 2017
Less than Six weeks until 1st Torbay Express of 2017

It's now less than six weeks until the first Torbay Express steam train leaves Bristol Temple Meads on its scenic journey to Kingswear via Paignton and there aren't many seats left available, so don't leave it too long to book yours!


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