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Departing from Bristol Temple Meads, Yatton, Weston-super-Mare, & Taunton
Departing from Bristol Temple Meads, Bath Spa, Trowbridge, Westbury & Taunton
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.
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.
As you will no doubt be aware Tornado No. 60163 recently ran at 100mph on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between Doncaster and Newcastle during trials to increase its running speeds for main line operations. So we have our fingers crossed about the speed that may be achieved when Tornado is hauling the Torbay Express this summer.
For a detailed report on Tornado's high speed trials please have a look at the A1 Trust website.
Image courtesy of Mark Wilkins.
We are delighted to announce that the Torbay Express charity of the year for 2017 is Above and Beyond This is a charity that raises funds to help Bristol city centre hospitals provide more than the NHS can. This includes creating welcoming environments, funding innovative research, supporting staff training and development, and providing state of the art equipment.
The hospitals supported include:
Bristol Royal Infirmary Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre Bristol Heart Institute
St Michael's Hospital Bristol Royal Hospital for Children Bristol Eye Hospital
Bristol Dental Hospital South Bristol Community Hospital Central Health Clinic
We are now taking bookings for the programme of Torbay Express steam train excursions in Summer 2017.
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.
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.
A raffle is held on board each Torbay Express train to raise funds for charity and this year The Brandon Trust has been chosen as our Charity of the Year.
The Brandon Trust is a UK based charity working across southern England. It supports adults and children with learning disabilities and autism. They believe that all people with learning disabilities should be able to live a life of freedom with fewer limitations. The Trust work with people who can inspire and enable those they support to set themselves free so they can reach for their dreams and be all they can be.
We were absolutely delighted that Torbay Express has been Recognised for Superior Service by TripAdvisor and has been selected for the 2016 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews we've earned on TripAdvisor.
We would like to thank all our passengers who posted lovely reviews, and all the staff and volunteer Stewards whose fabulous Customer Service skills have been instrumental in Torbay Express receiving this accolade for the second year running.
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.
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