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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.


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!

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.


LORD DOWDING BOOKED TO HAUL NEXT TORBAY EXPRESS
LORD DOWDING BOOKED TO HAUL NEXT TORBAY EXPRESS

Steam locomotive Lord Dowding 34052 (better known as Braunton No. 34046) has been booked to haul the remaining Torbay Express trains this summer, subject, of course, to passing all the necessary tests.

 

The next Torbay Express is on 7 August, when the route will be via Weston-super-Mare.

 


NEXT TORBAY EXPRESS

The next Torbay Express steam train to the English Riviera is on Sunday 24 July when 'Royal Scot' No. 46100 is booked to haul the train for the last  time this year, subject, of course, to passing all the necessary tests!.


From Bristol Temple Meads the route is via Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury & Taunton - unfortunately Premier Dining is not available from Taunton because of timing constraints, but the journey is still fantastic!


Getting Closer!
It's now less than a week until the first Torbay Express of summer 2016 on Sunday 3rd July.

Everyone is counting down now and getting very excited!

Wrong day on Boarding Passes

The Boarding Passes for the first Torbay Express of summer 2016 have been posted to passengers, but because of a printing error they show the wrong day.

 

The train is running on SUNDAY 3RD JULY not Saturday 3rd July (which doesn't exist), but the passes are still valid.

 

We are sorry for any confusion this error may have caused.


Torbay Express Dates for 2016

Now available to book!

And this year's prices held until 31st December!

The Torbay Express Sunday dates for 2016:

 

We will again be following two different routes:

3 July from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury and Taunton

10 July from Bristol Temple Meads, Weston-super-Mare and Taunton

24 July from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury and Taunton

 

7 August from Bristol Temple Meads, Weston-super-Mare and Taunton

21 August from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury and Taunton

 

4 September from Bristol Temple Meads, Weston-super-Mare and Taunton

11 September from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury and Taunton

 

 

StationDates
Bath Spa
3/7, 24/7, 21/8, 11/9
Bristol Temple Meads
3/7, 10/7, 24/7, 7/8, 21/7, 4/9, 11/9
Taunton3/7, 10/7, 24/7, 7/8, 21/7, 4/9, 11/9
Trowbridge3/7, 24/7, 21/8, 11/9
Westbury3/7, 24/7, 21/8, 11/9
Weston-super-Mare10/7, 7/8, 4/9


Torbay Express - Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We are delighted to announce that Torbay Express has won the 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdsvisor. This achievement is the direct result of the consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travellers. We would like to thank all those who posted such wonderful reviews and everyone involved in making Torbay Express such a fabulous experience; the Booking Office, Frying Scotsman caterers and our exceptional volunteer Stewards. Well done everyone!


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