The MK1 carriages are now prepped for tomorrow, including the Covid notices at the ends of each carriage above each sanitiser dispenser. We are looking forward to welcoming our passengers on board The Blue Boys Merrymixer in the morning. If you’re travelling with us, please send us your photographs throughout the day, or tag us in on social media and we will like/share them on our pages.
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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
SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2021 - THE CHAMPION TORBAY EXPRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: D1015 'Western Champion' did not pass its mainline test run on Friday 17 September. The
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.
*Premier Dining not available from this station.
|Fares||Adult||Junior||Party of 4||Availability|
|Standard Class||£119||£60||£456||Book Now|
|First Class||£169||£129||£656||Book Now|
|First Class Plus||£189||£149||£736||Book Now|
|Premier Dining||£289||£249||£1136||Book Now|
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.