Excursion Details

The Cornishman Express - Steam Hauled

17/06/2018

Image courtesy of Robert Sherwood.

Sunday 17th June, 2018

 

STEAM INTO CORNWALL BEHIND 35028 ‘CLAN LINE’ FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!

This excursion is promoted by Torbay Express with Pathfinder Tours acting as booking agent.

 

This limited load train will be steam-hauled throughout between Bristol Temple Meads and Par by Merchant Navy Class 35028 ‘Clan Line’. This is certain to be both a memorable and historic event as it will be the first time a Merchant Navy Class locomotive will have crossed Brunel’s magnificent Royal Albert Bridge to venture deep into Cornwall. There have been a few instances in the past when these locomotives have worked through to Plymouth but never beyond. ‘Canadian Pacific’ and ‘Clan Line’ reached Plymouth in 1999 and 2000 and ‘French Line CGT’ did so during the BR locomotive exchange trials of 1948.

 

Our train leaves Bristol around 08:10 and picks up also at Weston super Mare, Yatton, Taunton and Exeter. The route is picturesque throughout featuring the Exe estuary, the sea wall between Dawlish and Teignmouth, the spectacular crossing of the River Tamar and the viaducts and wooded valleys of Cornwall.

 

The locomotive will be challenged not only by the formidable Devon banks of Dainton and Rattery but also by the unfamiliar territory and gradients encountered after crossing into Cornwall.

 

The train stops at Plymouth for water where passengers can alight with approximately five hours to explore this city with its many maritime attractions. We also set down at Liskeard where passengers can travel on the branch to Looe. Alternatively the next stop at Bodmin Parkway gives the opportunity for a visit to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway or the National Trust at Lanhydrock House and Gardens. We are due to arrive at Par at approximately 13:15 where buses will be provided to Fowey and Charlestown.

 

The return leaves Par at approximately 17:00 steam-hauled all the way to Bristol, stopping as outward.

 

MOTIVE POWER IS EXPECTED TO BE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE 35028 'CLAN LINE' THROUGHOUT.

 

 

Estimated Timings    
Joining Stations

Depart

Return

Bristol Temple Meads 0810 2140
Yatton 0830 2120
Weston-super-Mare 0845 2105
Taunton ^ 0915 2035
Exeter St. Davids ^ 1015 1945

 

^ Premier Dining is not available from Taunton or Exeter St. Davids.

 

 

Fares
Adult Junior Party of 4

Family

(2 Adults,

2 Juniors)

Standard Class £135.00 £95.00
£520.00 £420.00
First Class Plus £199.00 ------ £776.00 ------
Premier Dining £289.00 ------ £1136.00 ------

 

Private 'Table for Two' seats are available at a supplement of £35 per person in First Class Plus and Premier Dining.

 

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Updated 23/01/18

 

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