DEPARTING FROM: Bristol Temple Meads (09.00/20.25) Yatton (09.25/20.00) Weston-super-Mare (09.40/19.40) Bridgwater (10.00/19.20) Taunton (10.40/19.00)
All timings shown are approximate and may be subject to change – Tickets and confirmed timings will be forwarded by post 7 days prior to departure
We recreate one of the great steam hauled holiday trains of the golden age of railway travel with a journey around the beautiful Devon coast and time available to discover the many charms of the pretty ‘English Riviera’ resorts of Paignton and Dartmouth. The train departs from Bristol hauled by a heritage diesel to Taunton where one of our famous steam locomotives takes over for the journey across the lush Somerset levels, then through the remote Blackdown hills and down the Exe Valley to Exeter, before heading along the estuary with pretty fishing boats and stunning views across to Exmouth and the Jurassic coast. Continuing past Powderham Castle and along the famous sea wall line we race through tunnels and cuttings of red rock and beside beaches and coves with the sea keeping company with the train.
At Paignton we join the steeply graded heritage line and travel through the woodland estate once owned by Agatha Christie, then alongside the beautiful River Dart with views of HMS Britannia – not a ship but the college that has trained generations of naval officers. We soon arrive into the riverside terminus at Kingswear, where it is a short crossing on the ferry (price included) to the historic and romantic port of Dartmouth – there are antique shops and cafes to explore – why not take a leisurely cruise on the River Dart or explore Dartmouth Castle before perhaps indulging in a delicious Devon cream tea. There should be around four hours at leisure before we return in the late afternoon.
The train is steam hauled from Taunton by one of our immaculately restored pool of engines including: the world famous LMS Royal Scot Class, No.46100 ‘Royal Scot’ – West Country Class, No. 34046 ‘Braunton’ – Britannia Pacific Class, No 70000 ‘Britannia’
Includes the service of full English breakfast, morning tea/coffee & biscuits and three course dinner – Due to timing constraints Premier dining is not available from Taunton
There are 3 different classes of travel available, but whichever you choose remember to book early to avoid disappointment:
Standard Class – FULLY BOOKED
Reserved seating is arranged around a table of four with bookings for two persons seated side by side with one window and one aisle seat whilst bookings for one person are allocated an aisle seat. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage and a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks, sandwiches and alcoholic drinks.
First Class – GUARANTEED WINDOW TABLES FOR 2 ARE FULLY BOOKED
Reserved seating is arranged around a table of four or table of two offering additional legroom, wide cushioned seats, curtains and large picture windows. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage and a complimentary service of tea/coffee & biscuits are included in the price and a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, sandwiches, snacks and alcoholic drinks.
Seating is arranged the same as First Class around a table of four or table of two laid with crisp linen and dressed with the finest crockery and glassware. Meals are prepared on board by our chefs and silver served at your reserved seat by liveried stewards. A full wine & drinks list is available with an ‘at seat’ service during the meals.
Premier Dining is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years
Standard Class: £95 2018 introductory price – £45
First Class: £145 2018 introductory price – £70
Premier Dining: £250 2018 introductory price – £170
Seats at a guaranteed window table for 2 are available at a supplement of £15 per person in First Class & Premier Dining
To make a booking just select the joining station from the drop down menu and enter the number of seats required in the quantity box.