The Royal Duchy
Sundays 29th June, 6th July, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th September 2014
These ever popular summer day trips by steam train run from Bristol Temple Meads, Yatton and Taunton to Devon & Cornwall. The route includes travelling along the internationally famous sea wall at Dawlish, crossing Brunel's famous Saltash Bridge into Cornwall, and some of the most varied and exciting scenery in the country. Passengers can choose to spend time in Plymouth or travel on to Par, where buses are provided for visits to Fowey or Charlestown.
Our train leaves Bristol Temple Meads at around 08:40 and calls to pick up further passengers at Yatton and Taunton. Our steam locomotive will 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 then continue beside the Exe Estuary to the seaside. We travel along the famous sea wall between Dawlish and Teignmouth, an experience not to be missed. 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.
We leave the main line at Laira Junction and take a route used only by freight trains to the site of the former Plymouth Friary Station. Here little remains except for a loop line that will enable our steam locomotive to change ends on our train. We return to the main line at Lipson Junction with our steam locomotive travelling tender first for the journey to Par. This process has turned around our train and steam locomotive, necessary because the turntable at St. Blazey, previously used to turn locomotives, is no longer operational. We stop at Plymouth Station where passengers have the option to alight or remain on the train to Par. There will be more than five hours free time to explore the historic maritime city of Plymouth which includes the Hoe, the ancient Barbican and seafront areas, and the National Marine Aquarium.
We leave Plymouth and cross the River Tamar on Brunel's masterpiece, the Royal Albert Bridge, to enter Cornwall. Our train continues through the magnificent Cornish countryside to Par where there will be a break of more than three hours. 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, with our steam locomotive the 'right way round', at around 17:45 and stop at Plymouth to pick up those passengers who chose to alight there. Our train returns to Bristol, stopping to set down passengers at Exeter, 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.
Actual timings shown 06-07-14
|Bristol Temple Meads||08:40||22:25|
|Exeter St. David's||11:10||20:15|
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
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