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ROYAL SCOT ON STAND-BY
ROYAL SCOT ON STAND-BY
Just in case Lord Dowding isn't repaired in time for the last two Torbay Expresses of the season (4 & 11 September) Royal Scot will be on stand-by. We are keeping our fingers (and toes) firmly crossed!

TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 We were absolutely delighted that Torbay Express has been Recognised for Superior Service by TripAdvisor and has been selected for the 2016 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews we've earned on TripAdvisor.

We would like to thank all our passengers who posted lovely reviews, and all the staff and volunteer Stewards whose fabulous Customer Service skills have been instrumental in Torbay Express receiving this accolade for the second year running.


RHINO ON KINGSWEAR STATION
RHINO ON KINGSWEAR STATION

There is a Rhino on Kingswear Station - it is called 'Paignton by Numbers' and has been designed by Forest of Dean artist Rachel Shilston as part of the 'Great Big Rhino Project' organised by Paignton Zoo.


CANCELATION - THE TORBAY EXPRESS 21 AUGUST

It is with great regret that we have had to cancel The Torbay Express that was due to run on Sunday 21 August. We have been advised by LSL that the mechanical problem suffered by steam locomotive 'Lord Dowding' No 34052 (aka Braunton ) will not be fixed in time for our excursion on this date. We have tried all possible sources to find a replacement, but unfortunately haven't been successful and we did not wish to run diesel hauled. 

 

Passengers booked to travel on 21 August have been contacted and invited to either transfer to one of the other Torbay Express excursions (including this Sunday, 7 August) or to have a full refund.

 

We can only apologise again to everyone who had booked with us and has been disappointed.  


TORBAY EXPRESS 7 AUGUST
TORBAY EXPRESS 7 AUGUST

Unfortunately Lord Dowding 34052 (aka Braunton No. 34046) has developed a technical/mechanical problem so will not be available to haul the Torbay Express on 7 August. It is to be replaced by Tornado No.60163. We are looking forward to welcoming Tornado.

 

It is expected that the remaining three trains in this summer's programme (21 August - via Bath Spa, 4 September - via Weston-super-Mare and 11 September - via Bath Spa) will be hauled by  Lord Dowding, subject, as usual, to passing all the requisite tests.


LORD DOWDING BOOKED TO HAUL NEXT TORBAY EXPRESS
LORD DOWDING BOOKED TO HAUL NEXT TORBAY EXPRESS

Steam locomotive Lord Dowding 34052 (better known as Braunton No. 34046) has been booked to haul the remaining Torbay Express trains this summer, subject, of course, to passing all the necessary tests.

 

The next Torbay Express is on 7 August, when the route will be via Weston-super-Mare.

 


NEXT TORBAY EXPRESS

The next Torbay Express steam train to the English Riviera is on Sunday 24 July when 'Royal Scot' No. 46100 is booked to haul the train for the last  time this year, subject, of course, to passing all the necessary tests!.


From Bristol Temple Meads the route is via Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury & Taunton - unfortunately Premier Dining is not available from Taunton because of timing constraints, but the journey is still fantastic!


Getting Closer!
It's now less than a week until the first Torbay Express of summer 2016 on Sunday 3rd July.

Everyone is counting down now and getting very excited!

Countdown

It is now only 12 days until the very first Torbay Express steam train of summer 2016.

 

We are starting to get excited and counting down the days - not long to go!


Wrong day on Boarding Passes

The Boarding Passes for the first Torbay Express of summer 2016 have been posted to passengers, but because of a printing error they show the wrong day.

 

The train is running on SUNDAY 3RD JULY not Saturday 3rd July (which doesn't exist), but the passes are still valid.

 

We are sorry for any confusion this error may have caused.


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