Departing From

  • Peterborough,
  • Huntingdon,
  • St Neots,
  • Stevenage,
  • Welwyn Garden City,
  • Potters Bar,
  • Finsbury Park,
  • Slough

We proudly recreate one of the great holiday trains of the golden age of railway travel for a journey around the beautiful Devon coast with time available to discover the many charms of the pretty ‘English Riviera’ resort of Dartmouth. We enjoy a fast run along the Great Western main line through the Vale of the White Horse and across the lush Somerset levels, then through the remote Blackdown hills and down the Exe Valley to Exeter, before heading along the estuary with its pretty fishing boats and stunning views across to Exmouth and the Jurassic coast. Continuing past Powderham Castle and along the famous sea wall line we race through tunnels and cuttings of red rock and beside beaches and coves with the sea keeping company with the train.

At Paignton we join the steeply graded heritage line and travel through the woodland estate once owned by Agatha Christie, then alongside the beautiful River Dart with views of HMS Britannia – not a ship but the college that has trained generations of naval officers. We soon arrive into the riverside terminus at Kingswear, where it is a short crossing on the ferry (price included) to the historic and romantic port of Dartmouth.

There are antique shops, galleries and cafes to explore – why not take a leisurely cruise on the River Dart or explore Dartmouth Castle before perhaps indulging in a delicious Devon cream tea. There should be around three hours at leisure before we return in the late afternoon.

TRAVEL TIMINGS*

STATION DEPARTS RETURNS
Peterborough 06.20 22.50
Huntingdon 06.35 22.35
St Neots 06.45 22.25
Stevenage 07.15 21.55
Welwyn Garden City 07.30 21.40
Potters Bar 07.40 21.30
Finsbury Park 08.00 21.10
Slough 09.15 20.00

PLEASE NOTE *
All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change.

Classes of Travel

First Class (non-dining) - £155

Reserved seating is arranged around a table of four, or table of two. Toilet facilities are available in each carriage and a complimentary service of tea/coffee & light snacks are included. A buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, light refreshments, and alcoholic drinks. Covid-19 Social Distancing Seating – Bookings of two passengers will be seated together at a ‘guaranteed window table for two’ with a mandatory supplement of £35 per person charged. Bookings of three or four passengers are seated at a shared table and charged the normal per seat price, with the adjacent table remaining out of use. (Minimum Booking 2 persons)

Pullman Dining - £310

Seating is arranged at tables of four, or two, laid with crisp linen and fully dressed with the finest crockery, fresh flowers and glassware. On a typical one day tour the service includes a full English Breakfast accompanied with glass of chilled bucks fizz served with old-fashioned, courteous attention by your personal carriage steward, followed by a late morning tea/coffee service with pastries. Following an afternoon stop for sightseeing you will be welcomed back on board with a glass of chilled champagne and selection of tempting canapés as you look forward to the gastronomic journey ahead comprising of a sumptuous four course dinner, lovingly created by our brigade of chefs and accompanied by a half bottle of house wine. Your memorable journey concludes with the service of coffee & Petits Fours. An extensive range of drinks including aperitifs, fine wines, champagne, and liquors is available for purchase throughout the day. Covid-19 Social Distancing Seating – Bookings of two passengers will be seated together at a ‘guaranteed window table for two’ with a mandatory supplement of £35 per person charged. Bookings of three or four passengers are seated at a shared table and charged the normal per seat price, with the adjacent table remaining out of use. (Minimum Booking 2 persons)