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 diesel hauled at around 08:45 and stops to pick up further passengers at Yatton and Taunton. From Taunton we will be steam hauled and 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 Exe Estuary to the seaside. 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. Passengers have the option to alight at Plymouth or remain on the train to Par. There will be over 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 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. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, Britannia Class Pacific 4-6-2, built by British Railways at Crewe Works in 1951 to a ‘standard’ design.
No. 34046 Braunton, rebuilt West Country Class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Brighton in 1946 by the Southern Railway (SR) and rebuilt in 1959.
No. 6023 King Edward II, King Class 4-6-0, built at Swindon Works in 1930 by the Great Western Railway (GWR).
No. 46100 Royal Scot, a Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built at Derby in 1930 for the LMSR
Premier Dining includes a 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 a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
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)
Approximate timings shown
|Bristol Temple Meads||08:45||22:45|
|Exeter St. Davids||11:30||20:15|