The Torbay Express
We regret to announce that due to the limited number of suitable steam locomotives available to haul trains in 2020 Torbay Express Limited will not be able to run a full programme next summer. However, we will be working with our sister company, Pathfinder Railtours, to produce a small series of summer steam hauled excursions to other destinations. Details of these will be posted on their website www.pathfindertours.co.uk as soon as they become available.
We are very sorry for any disappointment this causes.
Experience train travel as it used to be
Our summer Sunday steam hauled train, named after the famous train that travelled between London Paddington and Torquay, follows the route of Brunel’s picturesque Great Western Railway, speeding across the Somerset levels and around the beautiful Devon coastline on one of the most enchanting railway journeys in the world.
Our route takes us alongside the River Exe, past Powderham Castle and Dawlish Warren, then along Dawlish's famous Sea Wall, steaming through the red sandstone tunnels and cuttings that skirt the beaches. Next we follow the River Teign and head past Newton Abbot racecourse, before passing through Torquay and on to our first destination, Paignton. You can spend about five hours here exploring this traditional seaside resort with its sandy beach, the pier dating from 1879; there is also the renowned Paignton Zoo. Alternatively, you can stay aboard to alight at Kingswear (travelling along the privately owned Paignton & Dartmouth Railway line), where you can take the foot ferry (included in the price) to historic Dartmouth.
A day out in our heritage carriages, with slam doors and opening windows, is a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy a rail journey from a bygone era when steam was king and everyone travelled to their summer holiday on the English Riviera aboard a train.
Pamper yourself and travel in Premier Dining where you will be served a glass of Buck’s Fizz before your full English breakfast. On the homeward journey you will have a glass of Champagne, a four course dinner, followed by coffee (or tea) and chocolates. The catering on the train is by Frying Scotsman Catering Services led by Alan ‘Dutch’ Holland, whose extensive experience includes working on the Royal trains.
Have a look at the video of Clan Line taken in 2018 by SkyFlicks
We are happy to welcome aboard customers who have mobility equipment that requires storing on the train. As space is limited, the equipment should be foldable or demountable. We recommend lightweight equipment be brought to facilitate this. We do not carry any equipment for loan purposes on the trains.Often, we only have very limited stopping time at the stations - usually 2 to 3 minutes. Stewards are there to welcome all passengers onto the train and may not have the time to assist every individual who has equipment to manoeuvre. Travelling with a companion who can help you on and off the train would be beneficial.
All bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions of Booking.