Join us on this special steam hauled train from Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth to visit the vibrant Christmas Market.
We pick up at Yatton, Taunton and Exeter and our route includes travelling along the internationally famous sea wall at Dawlish and along the edge of Dartmoor to Plymouth.
Our train leaves Bristol Temple Meads steam hauled by A4 Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa in the morning and stops to pick up further passengers at Yatton and Taunton. Almost immediately on departure from 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 for more passengers to join the train. We leave Exeter and follow the attractive Exe Estuary through Starcross towards Dawlish. We then 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, our destination for the afternoon.
There will be ample time 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. For the Christmas Market, the city centre Piazza will be completely transformed as the Christmas Market sets out more than 50 beautiful log cabin style stalls. The stalls, selling unique hand-crafted gifts from the south west and further a field, will be festooned in fairy lights offering warming drinks, a Bavarian bar with heated seats, and festive food. Visitors to the market will be able to enjoy an array of local produce to sample or to pick up that unique festive Christmas gift.
We leave Plymouth late afternoon and return to Bristol steam hauled over the Devon banks via our outward route, setting down at our earlier pick up stations.
Look out for Father Christmas and his Elves who will be visiting the train during the day and handing out presents to all children on board. Please let us know your child’s age when booking.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a variety of tulip muffins and afternoon tea with a savoury of the day followed by a selection of cakes and fancies.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Dining and First Class for a supplement of £25 per person (subject to availability).
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.
Approximate timings shown
|Bristol Temple Meads||08:40||21:30|