july, 2019

06julAll DayThe Dart & Torbay Express - Steam Hauled - Confirmed TimingsA classic steam hauled excursion from Bristol to Kingswear and back - starting diesel hauled from the West Midlands

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Our featured loco is the LNER designed (but 21st century built) A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado^, which attracts attention wherever it goes. With it in charge we anticipate a fast run across the Somerset Levels to Taunton before the climb over Whiteball summit into Devon. Red clays are a feature of the Culm and Exe Valleys before Exeter, after which the line hugs the Exe Estuary before emerging on to the famous Dawlish sea wall. Inland again to Newton Abbot, then through Torquay to Paignton before climbing and then descending to Kingswear.

Option A: Paignton (1225-1715) to enjoy this classic seaside resort.

Option B: Kingswear (1300-1640) take the ferry (included in the price) to Dartmouth (a haunt of pirates centuries ago), perhaps for a river cruise, a walk to the castle or exploring this harbour town with its choice of eateries and shops.

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


# Premier Dining is not available from these stations.

^Motive power is expected to be a diesel north of Bristol Temple Meads with steam haulage planned by No. 60163 ‘Tornado’, subject to last minute availability, to Kingswear and back.

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