Torbay Express


Torbay Express, originally uploaded by Arkitekt878.

In this modern-day of diesel or electric trains it’s nice to see the old steam trains are back running between Bristol and the English Riviera resorts of Paignton and beautiful Kingswear in the South Hams district of glorious Devon. These trains run on ten Sundays during the months of July, August and September. There is a lot to see on the way they steam from the magnificent railway cathedral of Bristol Temple Meads, through Weston-super-Mare across the lush Somerset Levels to Taunton. Then over the remote Blackdown Hills and down the Exe Valley to Exeter, before heading along the Exe estuary and along the famous sea wall to Dawlish. Past the stunning Teign estuary and on down to the English Riviera resorts of Torquay and Paignton with their disparate attractions, before steaming past the beaches and coves of Torbay.

The train then climbs along the steeply graded Paignton & Dartmouth railway through the wooded estate once owned by Agatha Christie, before passing the majestic bulk of HMS Britannia, not a ship, but the college that has trained generations of naval officers to protect these islands from the sea, and finally into the waterside station at Kingswear.

All along the route enthusiasts of steam line up to take photographs. This one of the Torbay Express was taken when the train was standing in Weston-super-Mare station and shows a King Class 4-6-0 designated 6024 KIng Edward the I.

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