Created 19-Jul-11
Modified 19-Jul-11
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The A1 4-6-2 No 60163 Tornado has the charge of the July excursions of the Torbay Express and I enjoyed an excellent journey with them despite my late booking. An additional pleasure was the sight at Bristol Temple Meads of 4-6-0 No 5029 Nunney Castle, heading the same day's RTC excursion to Weymouth.
Tornado departed smartly from Bristol, reaching 75 before Yatton. After the Weston Super Mare stop, we were back in the seventies before Bridgwater and continued around the maximum until slowing for the Taunton stop. The climb to Whiteball was less impressive and we entered the tunnel at only 46 mph, but we flew down the hill for mile after mile until being stopped at Cowley Bridge Junction. After Exeter we were again up to 75 by Exminster but our run along the sea wall was in the sixties. We climbed smartly from Aller Junction and went over the top at Torre at 44 mph. On transferring to the Paignton and Dartmouth Railway we again climbed smartly from Goodrington to Churston at the line speed of 25 mph before dropping to the terminus at Kingswear.
During the break, I enjoyed a rousing return trip to Paignton with No 7827 Lydham Manor, resplendent in sparkling BR lined black. On the return run with Tornado, the climbs to Churston and Torre were more measured, after an afternoon of heavy showers. But back on the main line, we tore along up the Exe estuary in the seventies, and later the climb of Whiteball saw our 71 at Tiverton reduced only to 63 at the tunnel entrance. More fast running to Taunton and beyond was capped by a brisk run for home, with a minimum up to Flax Bourton of 69 mph, a fine end to an excellent day out.

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Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Trains
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Keywords:60163, Bristol, Express, Kingswear, Torbay, Tornado

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