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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. 


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). 


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.


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!


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. 


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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