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Counting Down
Counting Down

It is now only 17 days until the first Torbay Express of this summer. We are getting excited!


The Countdown begins!
The Countdown begins!

It is only eight weeks today until the first Torbay Express of Summer 2019 on Sunday 28 July. Have you booked your seats yet?

 

Image of No 6233 Duchess of Sutherland courtesy of JP Media.


2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce that Torbay Express has once been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. We are thrilled to receive this accolade once again and would like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to post comments about their experience aboard our trains.


Early Booking Discount Finishes Today
Early Booking Discount Finishes Today

The early booking discount of 5% off the first two Torbay Express trains of summer 2019 (28 July via Bath Spa & 11 August via Weston-super-Mare) finishes tonight (30 April). Have you booked your seats yet? Don't miss out - book your seats now!


New dates for Torbay Express excursions for this season
New dates for Torbay Express excursions for this season

We are delighted to annouce the excursion dates for the 2019 Torbay Express, with a discount available on the first two. 

 

Our excursions are steam hauled from Bristol and follow two routes, via Bath or via Weston-super-Mare. Our pool of locomotives include 60009 Union of South Africa, 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and 6201 Princess Elizabeth. 

 

Bath Routes: 28 July, 8 September, 22 September


Weston-super-Mare Routes:  11 August, 18 August

 

If you book before 30th April, fares are reduced by 5% for the first two excursions: 28 July via Bath Spa and 11 August via Weston-super-Mare. Prices shown are already discounted. 

 

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Last Torbay Express of the Summer
Last Torbay Express of the Summer

There are seats available in Premier Dining, First Class Plus and Standard Class on the last Torbay Express of this summer. Why not join us for a lovely steam hauled day out behind N0. 35018 Clan Line - subject, of course to all the relevant tests being passed and nothing untoward happening!

 


The Directors have indicated that, because of the overwhelming support from passengers, they fully intend to run this excursion, subject to all the usual provisos.

 

The photo of Clan Line is by Glen Batten.


Last Torbay Express of 2018 re-dated to 9 September
Last Torbay Express of 2018 re-dated to 9 September
 

Unfortunately, the locomotive booked to haul The Torbay Express on Sunday, 2 September, No. 60163 ‘Tornado’, is not available because of on-going repair issues.

The directors of The Torbay Express, the A1 Trust (the owners of ‘Tornado’) and DB Cargo (the train operator) have made every effort to source another suitable locomotive without success.  However, No. 35028 ‘Clan Line’ is available the following week and therefore, subject to sufficient support from passengers, it is proposed to re-date the train to run on Sunday, 9 September. All passengers have been contacted by email/letter.


Photo of Clan Line by Paul Blowfield.


TORBAY EXPRESS TO BE FULLY STEAM HAULED ON 19 AUGUST
TORBAY EXPRESS TO BE FULLY STEAM HAULED ON 19 AUGUST
Network Rail have confirmed that on Sunday, 19 August The Torbay Express can run fully steam hauled, with no diesel assistance (subject , of course, to passing all the usual tests and nothing untoward happening)  Number 35028 Clan Line will be hauling the train. 


There are just a few seats left on the train.


Photo courtesy of Paul Blowfield.


No. 9 to haul Torbay Express on 15 July
No. 9 to haul Torbay Express on 15 July

On Sunday, 15 July No. 60009 Union of South Africa will be hauling The Torbay Express (subject to all the usual provisos regarding passing FTR tests and nothing untoward happening) . The locomotive is also booked to haul the Torbay Express on 29 July and 19 August. These will be the only opportunity to travel behind No. 9 along this route as the locomotive is being retired next year and will then go into a museum in Scotland. 


First Torbay Express of 2018 - Sunday, 3 June
First Torbay Express of 2018 - Sunday, 3 June

It is the first Torbay Express of this summer on Sunday, 3 June and we have caused confusion for our passengers by including the date of another train in the programme (15 July) in the letter we sent out with the Boarding Passes. We are very sorry for this error and look forward to welcoming passengers aboard on Sunday, 3 June!

 

The locomotive booked to haul this train is No. 35028, Clan Line, subject, of course, to passing all the requisite tests and nothing untoward happening. Photo by Paul Blowfield.


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