Today saw the last run for The Torbay Express for their 2018 season. Hauled again by rebuilt SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 no 35028 Clan Line the tour left Bristol Temple Meads 3 minutes late at 9.13 am, By the time she whistled past us, the Express was 3 minutes ahead of schedule and made it to Paignton 7 minutes early. The train then crossed over on to the Dartmouth Steam Railway for the final run down to Kingswear.
The return was again a few minutes late leaving Paignton but, with nothing on the tracks ahead of her, Clan Line was a fantastic sight at full speed along the wall. She had soon made up time and again treated us to a full blast whistle as she passed.
Sadly Colin was unavailable today, so we don’t have his usual contribution but fortunately Nick was at Teignmouth to get photo’s and video for us to share with you.