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25sepAll DayThe Champion Torbay ExpressAn attractive excursion to one of Devon’s prettiest area’s – Torbay, the English Riviera. Joining Stations: Eastleigh, Basingstoke, Reading West, Didcot Parkway, Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse, Gloucester, Bristol Parkway

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SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2021 – THE CHAMPION TORBAY EXPRESS

ANNOUNCEMENT: D1015 ‘Western Champion’ did not pass its mainline test run on Friday 17 September. The motive power will now be a pair of Class 50 diesel locomotives, courtesy of the Class Fifty Alliance. 

With everyone aboard after Bristol Parkway, the outward journey to the Devon coast is now routed via Bath, Westbury, Taunton, Exeter and along the famous Dawlish sea wall before arriving into the Torbay area for an afternoon visit to your choice of either Torquay, Paignton or Kingswear [for Dartmouth*]. The return journey differs between Taunton and Bristol as we take the direct route through Highbridge, bringing variety to your train journey.

Torquay sees itself as the well heeled marina resort of Torbay, whilst Paignton is more the traditional seaside resort. Kingswear, the end of the rail line, sits across the river Dart from Dartmouth, with ferries providing the link. From past experience Dartmouth is by far the most popular choice of our travellers, with a range of independent shops, eateries and easy walks for your own exploration, as well as river cruises.

With a choice of on-board seating and service the ‘Champion Torbay Express’ ticks many boxes to give you a most memorable day out.
*Dartmouth is reached within five minutes by inclusive ferry from Kingswear.

Motive power is expected to be a GBRf class 66 locomotive between Eastleigh and Gloucester, then a pair of class 50 diesel locomotives thereafter, hauling a long rake of MK1 Carriages.

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*Premier Dining not available from this station.


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

Photograph by Jack Boskett.

 

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Pathfinder Tours prides itself as one of the nation’s leading names in UK rail travel by special train. We organise up to 40 day excursions every year, as well as a number of weekend trips, travelling to many interesting destinations and events.

Some customers just love to travel in our comfortable carriages; others have a real passion for the locomotives, steam or diesel. Many travel with us time and time again – we’d love to welcome you on board too!

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TRAVELLING WITH MOBILITY EQUIPMENT 

We are happy to welcome aboard customers who have mobility equipment that requires storing on the train. As storage space is limited, the equipment must be foldable or demountable. We recommend lightweight equipment be brought to facilitate this. Please note that we do not carry any equipment for loan purposes on the trains – please bring along that which will make your day out manageable.

Often, we only have very limited stopping time at the stations – usually 2 to 3 minutes. Stewards are there to welcome all passengers onto the train and may not have the time to assist every individual who has equipment to manoeuvre. Travelling with a companion who can help you on and off the train would be beneficial.

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To operate our main line excursions Pathfinder Tours uses these professional train operating companies (TOC’s)…

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each of which is owned by a respected national or international parent company.

Bookings can be made with us in the knowledge that each excursion is run with your safety and welfare as the absolute priority.

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Pathfinder Tours prides itself as one of the nation’s leading names in UK rail travel by special train. We organise up to 40 day excursions every year, as well as a number of weekend trips, travelling to many interesting destinations and events.

Some customers just love to travel in our comfortable carriages; others have a real passion for the locomotives, steam or diesel. Many travel with us time and time again – we’d love to welcome you on board too!

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