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Torbay Express Presents Donation to Charity
Torbay Express Presents Donation to Charity

We are delighted to announce that the charity raffles aboard this year's Torbay Express trains raised the amazing sum of £2,641.33 for our charity of the year Above and Beyond   We are very grateful to everyone who has been involved in the raffles, our fabulous volunteer Stewards who sold the raffle tickets and also all our lovely passengers who bought them.

 

Above and beyond 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:

 

On Wednesday 4th October 2017 three of our wonderful Stewards, John, Lesley and Keith, visited the Above and Beyond charity offices to present a cheque for the donation raised through the on-board raffles on this seasons Torbay Express. They were warmly welcomed by Catherine, the fundraising co-ordinator, and were given a brief tour of the three hospitals supported to directly see where the donation will be of benefit. They found the tour very interesting and informative and Above and Beyond were delighted with the amount raised and thanked everyone involved.


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!


First Torbay Express of 2017 on 18 June
First Torbay Express of 2017 on 18 June

It is only just over six weeks until the first Torbay Express of this summer and already there are only a few seats left available in Premier Dining and First Class Plus. Luckily there are currently plenty of seats available in Standard Class, but don't leave it too long before you book your place aboard our very special steam hauled excursion.


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!


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.


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!

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