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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.


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.


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.


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. 


Three Weeks to go
Three Weeks to go
Wow - on Sunday it will be just three weeks until the first Torbay Express of this summer on Sunday 3 June. 

This will be the second day of the Torbay Air Show, which can be viewed from Paignton Green - avoid all the hassle of parking by travelling on the Torbay Express with us. It is just a short walk (about ten minutes) from Paington Railway station.


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Less Than Five Weeks to go!
Less Than Five Weeks to go!

It is now less than five weeks until the first of this summer's Torbay Expresses steams its way from Bristol Temple Meads across the Somerset Levels and around the beautiful Devon coast to the English Riviers. We are getting excited and have got our green shirts out of storage in readiness.


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