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Springtime Hoovering in Devon


Saturday 26 March 2022

This train is now fully booked. Please ring the office to be added to the waiting list.

With the kind help and support of Great Western Railway and Network Rail we are delighted to offer a rare visit to the rural branch line to Okehampton on the Northern edge of beautiful Dartmoor.  When the recently reinstated passenger service on this line reaches full capacity in May it is expected that paths will no longer be available to charter trains so this charter may be a final opportunity!

This very special charter train will be appropriately hauled by two heritage Class 50 diesel locomotives synonymous to the West Country and designed to haul express passenger trains at 100 mph.  The class was given the nickname ‘Hoovers’ by the staff at London Paddington railway station because the noise the locomotives used to make was likened to that of a vacuum cleaner.

Our outward routing will be via Bristol and the return via Westbury to provide some high-speed running including along the iconic and much requested Dawlish sea wall.  A late lunch time break on the English Riviera, acclaimed by the Victorians for its sub-tropical plants, bracing sea air and scenic waterfronts, will be taken in the town of Paignton while our train is serviced.  Given that this tour has been designed by our friend Ian Loveday a couple of goods loops and a visit to a freight yard are also expected to feature.

We are expecting exceptional demand for this excursion that really does provide something for everyone so early booking is very much recommended.

First Class Dining includes The Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner. A buffet car is available.

ClassPrice Availability
Standard Class Adult£119Fully Booked
Standard Class Junior£109Fully Booked
First Class Non-Dining£169Fully Booked
First Class Dining£269Fully Booked
First Class Dining Party of Four£1056Fully Booked

All timings are provisional and are intended only as a guide.

StationDepart Arrive
London Paddington07.3521.35
Slough08.0521.15
Reading08.3020.40
Swindon09.2019.40

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