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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.

 

 

 


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.


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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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.


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.

 


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.


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.


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