The Royal Duchy
Sundays 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th June, 6th July, 7th, 14th, 21st September 2014
These ever popular summer day trips by steam train run from Bristol Temple Meads, Yatton and Taunton to Devon & Cornwall. The Royal Duchy was a named train from the 1950’s and we recreate those halcyon days of yesteryear. The spectacular journey through some of the most varied and exciting scenery in the country includes running beside the sea at Dawlish, a series of steep inclines known as the South Devon Banks, and crossing Brunel’s famous Saltash Bridge into Cornwall.
Our train departs Bristol Temple Meads at around 08:30 and calls to pick up further passengers at Yatton and Taunton. Our steam locomotive will then be working hard as it tackles the climb to Whiteball Summit. We stop at Exeter St. David’s Station for our locomotive to take on water and this will provide an opportunity to take photos. On leaving Exeter we follow the Exe Estuary to the sea at Dawlish, and then continue along the sea wall to Teignmouth, one of Britain’s most famous stretches of railway line.
After Newton Abbot, our steam locomotive will demonstrate her real strength as she powers up some of the steepest main line gradients in the country. First there is the difficult climb to the summit at Dainton Tunnel, followed by a dramatic drop down to Totnes; then an equally difficult climb up Rattery Bank before descending to Plymouth. Passengers have the option to alight at Plymouth or remain on the train to Par. There will be around four hours free time to explore this historic maritime city which includes the Hoe, the ancient Barbican and seafront areas, and the National Marine Aquarium. After leaving Plymouth, we cross the River Tamar on Brunel’s masterpiece, the Royal Albert Bridge, and enter Cornwall. Our train continues through the magnificent Cornish countryside before arriving at Par where there will be a break of more than three hours while our steam locomotive is turned and serviced.
Buses will take passengers from Par, at no extra charge, to visit either the picturesque seaside town of Fowey or the harbour village of Charlestown. The latter is a working port and home to the Shipwreck, Rescue & Heritage Centre. We leave Par at around 17:45 and stop at Plymouth to pick up those passengers who chose to alight there. Our train returns to Bristol, steam hauled, stopping to set down passengers at Taunton and Yatton.
The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip were all built for use on express passenger trains and come from the following pool: No. 5029 “Nunney Castle”, Castle class 4-6-0, built at Swindon in 1934 by the Great Western Railway (GWR). No. 34067 “Tangmere” unrebuilt ‘Battle of Britain’ class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Brighton in 1947 by the SR. No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” Britannia class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.
Approximate timings shown
|Bristol Temple Meads||08:40||22:30|
Premier Dining includes full English breakfast and a three course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat at a table for four.
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)http://www.railwaytouring.co.uk/bookings/BookingForm_UK.aspx?Action=New
The Railway Touring Company
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