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Problems!
Problems!

Unfortunately the end of last week (9 August 2019) proved to be a problematic time for us! Not only did the steam locomotive scheduled to haul the Torbay Express on Sunday, 11 August (No. 60009 'Union of South Africa') fail its Fitness To Run (FTR) test prior to being moved from Southall to Bristol because of leaky boiler pipes, BUT also our website went down - never a good thing at any time, but as far as we were concerned the timing couldn't have been worse!

 

Friday afternoon and evening saw 'all hands on deck' in the Booking Office to contact every passenger by phone and/or email to let them know what had happened. Where possible people are transferring to one of the other dates, with discount or having full refunds, and we are currently in the process of actioning these. 

 

We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience. 


Confirmed Timings now received for Sunday 11 August
Confirmed Timings now received for Sunday 11 August

We have now received the confirmed timings for Sunday's train from Network Rail, so the Boarding Passes will be posted to passengers by first class mail this afternoon.

Please note that these are CONFIRMED TIMINGS for Sunday 11 August only, not for other dates.

 

WESTON SUPER MARE ROUTE
CONFIRMED FOR 11 AUGUST

Joining Station

Depart

Arrive

Bristol Temple Meads

09:10

20:15

Yatton09:2519:55
Weston-super-Mare
09:40
19:35

Taunton

10:40

18:30





Arrive
Depart

Paignton

12.00

17:15

Kingswear for Dartmouth

12:35

16:45

Image courtesy of Colin Campbell.


Waiting for Confirmed Timings
Waiting for Confirmed Timings

We are waiting for the confirmed times of Sunday's Torbay Express (11 August) to arrive from Network Rail. As soon as they reach us we will post the Boarding Passes to passengers by First Class mail.

 

Photo courtesy of Robert Sherwood.


Kingswear Castle
Kingswear Castle

This year there has been a change of arrangements for Torbay Express passengers wishing to take a harbour cruise on  the River Dart aboard paddle steamer Kingswear Castle - the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today - Places no longer need to be booked in advance, but instead there will be a discount of 20% when they present their Torbay Express Boarding Passes at the Booking Kiosk on the Dartmouth side of the river  (N.B. Limited availability on a first come first served basis). 


FINAL COUNTDOWN - TIMINGS NOW RECEIVED
FINAL COUNTDOWN - TIMINGS NOW RECEIVED

We have just received the confirmed timings for the first Torbay Express of this summer, so the Boarding Passes will be posted by First Class  mail to passengers tomorrow.

 

The website has been updated to show the confirmed timings for Sunday, not for the rest of the season, as these are still awaited.


Final Countdown
Final Countdown

it is now less than a week until the first Torbay Express of this summer and final preparations are almost complete. The stewards' green shirts have been taken out of storage and are pressed and ready to go. We are just waiting for the confirmed timings to arrive from Network Rail and then we will be able to post the Boarding Passes to all the passengers who are waiting for them.


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.


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.


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.


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