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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.

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. 


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.




Dates for 2018
Dates for 2018

COMING SHORTLY - Dates for the Torbay Express in 2018


Watch this space for details.

Clan Line heading to Bristol
Clan Line heading to Bristol
Steam locomotive Clan Line no. 35028 is travelling to Bristol today (15 August) ready for hauling the Torbay Express on Sunday, 20 August. Keep an eye out for the steam as the loco goes by.

There are no seats left for this Sunday, but there are some available on 3 September, when Clan Line is also booked to haul the train (subject to all the usual provisos).

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.

Countdown & Clan Line Test Run
Countdown & Clan Line Test Run
It is less than five weeks until the first Torbay Express of summer 2017 on Sunday 18 June - we are definitely getting excited now and looking forward to seeing our lovely coaches in the central siding at Bristol Temple Meads. 

On18 June there are just three single seats available in Premier Dining, one of which is at a table for two. We have a single First Class Plus seat available, but there are still plenty of Standard Class seats.

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.


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!

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