september, 2021

25sepAll DayThe Champion Torbay ExpressD1015 ‘Western Champion’ is returning to the mainline in a sparkling new livery with its inaugural run, hauling this attractive excursion to one of Devon’s prettiest area’s – Torbay, the English Riviera.

Photo: Jack Boskett

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D1015 ‘Western Champion’ is returning to the mainline with this inaugural run in a sparkling new livery, hauling this attractive excursion to one of Devon’s prettiest area’s – Torbay, the English Riviera.

Built at the former GWR works in Swindon some 58 years ago, and now ‘preserved’ by the Diesel Traction Group on the Severn Valley Railway, ‘Western Champion’ and the class of 74 ‘Westerns’ hauled many of the well known express trains, including the ‘Torbay Express’, that ran from London Paddington to the west country for a generation before British Rail withdrew them all as non-standard by 1977. Today we will recreate part of that era by featuring D1015 to haul this excursion, using classic 1950’s style carriages, to Torquay, Paignton and Kingswear [for Dartmouth*].

With everyone aboard after Bristol Parkway, the outward journey to the Devon coast is routed via Highbridge, 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 route through Bruton, Trowbridge and Bath, 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.

D1015 ‘Western Champion’ is provided courtesy of the Diesel Traction Group.

Main photo by: Jack Boskett

FaresAdultJuniorParty of 4Availability
Standard Class£119£60£456Book Now
First Class£169£129£656Book Now
First Class Plus£189£149£736Book Now
Premier Dining£289£249£1136Book Now

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


*Premier Dining not available from this station.

Motive power is expected to be a GBRf class 66 locomotive between Eastleigh and Gloucester, D1015 Western Champion thereafter, hauling a long rake of MK1 Carriages.

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