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Departing from Bristol Temple Meads, Yatton, Weston-super-Mare, & Taunton
Departing from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury & Taunton
It was a scorching hot day for the first Torbay Express steam train of summer 2017; so hot and dry in fact that Network Rail imposed a steam ban and we had to run with diesel assistance. As you can see by the photo above, courtesy of Robert Sherwood, Tornado No 60163 looked magnificent, as usual.
The next Torbay Express is on 2 July, when Tornado will again be hauling the train (subject to the usual provisos).
We have been advised by the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company that the winter refit of paddle steamer 'Kingswear Castle' has been extended and as a result services will not start until week commencing 19 June. Torbay Express passengers who had booked for 18 June have been contacted by the company.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
Bristol Royal Infirmary Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre Bristol Heart Institute
St Michael's Hospital Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Bristol Eye Hospital
Bristol Dental Hospital South Bristol Community Hospital Central Health Clinic
We are very pleased to be able to announce that Clan Line No. 35028 has been added to the pool of locomotives booked to haul the Torbay Express in summer 2017.
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