DEPARTING FROM: Bristol Temple Meads (08.40/20.40) Bath Spa (09.00/20.20) Bradford on Avon (09.20/20.00) Westbury (09.35/19.45) Frome (09.45/19.35) *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 for a journey around the beautiful Devon coast with time available to discover the many charms of the pretty ‘English Riviera’ resorts of Paignton or Dartmouth. The train departs from Bristol hauled by one of our famous steam locomotives 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 its 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, galleries 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 throughout 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’ – LNER A4 Pacific No 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’
There are 3 different classes of travel available, but whichever you choose please book early to avoid disappointment:
Standard Class – £95
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 normally 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 – £145
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.
Premier Dining – £260
Includes the service of full English breakfast, morning tea/coffee & biscuits and four course dinner. Seating is arranged the same as First Class around a table of four or table of two laid with crisp linen and dressed in the finest crockery, fresh flowers 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 and due to timing constraints is not available to passengers boarding at Taunton
Seats at a guaranteed window table for 2 are available at a supplement of £25 per person in First Class & Premier Dining
We are unable to cater for special dietary requirements other than a vegetarian or gluten free option. Please see our full terms & conditions here for further details https://saphostrains.com/booking-conditions/
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.
*The contents of the cakes may contain traces of the following allergens: Milk, Egg, Soya, Tree Nuts, Gluten, Sesame Seed, Sunflower Seed, Cracked Rye, Flax Seeds, Millet, Barley, Wheat, Sulphur Dioxide, Sulphites, Lupin and Mustard. WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER ALTERNATIVE VARIETIES OF CELEBRATION CAKES TO PURCHASE.
** Hand tied arrangement. If you would prefer specific colours, please indicate this in the ‘Special Requests’ box at the Check Out stage. Our florists will endeavour to meet your colour requirements, but this cannot be guaranteed due to seasonal availability.