The latest news from the Torbay Express


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.


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.



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!


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!

Torbay Express Dates for 2016

Now available to book!

And this year's prices held until 31st December!

The Torbay Express Sunday dates for 2016:


We will again be following two different routes:

3 July from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury and Taunton

10 July from Bristol Temple Meads, Weston-super-Mare and Taunton

24 July from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury and Taunton


7 August from Bristol Temple Meads, Weston-super-Mare and Taunton

21 August from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury and Taunton


4 September from Bristol Temple Meads, Weston-super-Mare and Taunton

11 September from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury and Taunton



Bath Spa
3/7, 24/7, 21/8, 11/9
Bristol Temple Meads
3/7, 10/7, 24/7, 7/8, 21/7, 4/9, 11/9
Taunton3/7, 10/7, 24/7, 7/8, 21/7, 4/9, 11/9
Trowbridge3/7, 24/7, 21/8, 11/9
Westbury3/7, 24/7, 21/8, 11/9
Weston-super-Mare10/7, 7/8, 4/9

Torbay Express - Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We are delighted to announce that Torbay Express has won the 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdsvisor. This achievement is the direct result of the consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travellers. We would like to thank all those who posted such wonderful reviews and everyone involved in making Torbay Express such a fabulous experience; the Booking Office, Frying Scotsman caterers and our exceptional volunteer Stewards. Well done everyone!

Torbay Express Vouchers Make a Great Gift

If you're stuck for gift ideas for that special someone, why not give a Torbay Express Gift Voucher? Prices start at just £5 and then multiples of £5. A great way to give someone the opportunity 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.


To purchase a vouchers please contact the Booking Office on 01453 835414/834477. Sorry, vouchers are not available to buy online.


Personalised Gift Certificates can also be purchased at an additional cost of £1.50.

Road Closures in Bristol on 21st September

It is Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday 21 September and there will be road closures from early in the morning, so passengers travelling on The Torbay Express should allow extra time to reach Temple Meads Station and park etc.


Details of the road closures can be found here.


We look forward to welcoming you aboard the Torbay Express and hope that you have a lovely day out.



Wendy Has Completed Her Charity Walk

Congratulations to Wendy, our Office Manager, who has now completed her Charity Walk along 'The Gloucestershire Way' from Chepstow to Tewskesbury. They were unable to complete the very last section as the way was flooded. We take our hats off to Wendy and Sam for their determination - their walk has included 9,984 feet ascending, with the highest point being 988 feet above sea level.


Day 1 - started at 08:00 I June from Tintern and Wendy commented  that the route had included lots of brambles and boggy sections. She was hoping for better conditions on the rest of the walk!


Day 2 - Route very overgrown with bad signage but Wendy said she would keep going as it was for a good cause!!


Day 3 - From The Apple Tree at Minsterworth - weather was cold and very wet.


Day 4 - Cold and very very wet


Day 5 - warm and sunny - hooray


The walk was undertaken to raise funds for Milestone School in Gloucester; a Special School catering for 300 pupils aged between 2 and 16 years. You may recall that in recent years she has walked 'The Cotswold Way' and run our local Half Marathon, both for charity.


If you would like to support Wendy in this worthy cause please make a donation online or send a cheque to the office at the usual address.


Wendy will really appreciate your support.

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