Paignton - Spend a break of up to five hours enjoying a relaxed time in this seaside resort where you can take a dip in the sea on the magnificent sea front; try the arcades or ice cream parlours.
Dartmouth - Alight at Kingswear and take the ferry (included in the ticket price) across the River Dart to spend four hours exploring this picturesque and historic town. Local attractions include:
• The nearby National Trust properties of Greenway House (former home of Agatha Christie)
• Coleton Fishacre (the former country home of the D'Oyly Carte family)
• The Britannia Royal Naval College (giving an insight into the Royal Navy)
• Dartmouth Castle
• Cruises on the River Dart (including aboard paddle steamer Kingswear Castle - the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today
Our steam train trips follow two different routes, both start from Bristol Temple Meads, then pick-up passengers from either:
• Bath Spa, Trowbridge and, Westbury; or
• Yatton, Weston-super-Mare;
Last passenger pick-up on both routes is Taunton. Sadly, because of time constraints Premier Dining is not available to passengers boarding here.
Departure from Bristol Temple Meads is at approximately 08:00 or 09:15 (depending on the route) on its scenic journey to the West and the spectacular coastal route skirting Torquay. Arrival back in Bristol is at about either 20:10 or 20:55.
If you are arranging a booking for larger group (ten plus) please contact the Booking Office on 01453 835414 / 834477 (open Monday to Friday 09:15 to 16:45).
Passengers who book a cruise on the paddle steamer 'Kingswear Castle' direct with the operators can claim 10% discount.
Book with Confidence; The Torbay Expresses are running in 2018 steal hauled all the way from Bristol!
We take the safety of our customers very seriously indeed and insist that the Train Operating Companies we select for our excursions take this matter as seriously as we do. Thus we engage only reputable Train Operating Companies with a proven record of safety and reliability.
The Torbay Express is operated by trusted Train Operating Company DB Cargo, whose reputation is second to none as befits a respected international company with a long history. Bookings can be made in the knowledge that each train will run to the highest industry standards, with your safety and welfare as an absolute priority.
Here is some footage of the first Torbay Express of 2015 and some of summer 2014:
Sunday 6 July 2014 courtesy of Kristian Gough
Sunday 3 August 2014 courtesy of Callum Willcox at Nailsea and Backwell station
Torbay Express Sample Menu
A refreshing glass of chilled Bucks Fizz
Followed by the choice of:
Trio of melon smothered in yogurt drizzled with hone and sprinkled with toasted chopped almonds
Cornflakes, muesli, Special K
Scott’s Porridge Oats and Cream
The Toast Basket
Toasted Farmhouse white or wholemeal bread, morning rolls, croissants. Served with a selection of preserves, marmalade or Marmite
The Grill Tray
Grilled back bacon, Cumberland Sausage, tomato, fried egg, fried bread, saute mushrooms, hash browns and baked beans
Kipper fillets and lemon wedge
The Second Toast Basket
Freshly brewed tea and coffee
Chef’s Cream of Tomato Soup
Prawn and Smoked Salmon Roulade
Mixed Salad with Citrus Dressing
Bread roll and butter
The Torbay Roast
Roasted 21-day aged Birchstead Beef
Yorkshire Pudding served with a rich dark gravy
Boiled new potatoes
The Cheese Board
A selection of cheeses:
Double Gloucester, Cornish Yarg, Cropwell Bishop Stilton
served with grapes, savoury biscuits and fruit chutney
Freshly brewed tea and coffee
Frying Scotsman chocolates.