Our B&B was just across from Teignmouth Station, so we walked down in time to get the same train to Paignton as Debbie’s parents (who were travelling from Dawlish), because we were going by steam train from Paignton to Dartmouth this morning. I am pleased to report that the mainline train ran to time so we arrived without having to rush to get our tickets from Paignton to Kingswear, with the ferry over to Dartmouth included.
The others went ahead to secure some seats in the Devon Belle Pullman Observation Car, while I took some photos (some might say too many photos) of our engine, the Lydham Manor.
I made sure I was back inside the Observation Car before 1030 and was able to watch the engine pull away and then reverse alongside us to get to the front of the carriages. The weather had turned sunny which made it very pleasant to be rolling along the coast track enjoying the views across Torbay, waving at all the people who waved at us, which did seem to be everyone we passed. People do love a steam train ! Personally, I enjoyed all the different types of bridges we went under, which I think is something I picked up in Peru.
The route runs for seven miles from Paignton through Goodrington Sands Halt, before heading more inland at the Broadsands Viaduct, and then the Hookhills Viaduct before we reach Churston Station. There is a new Greenway Halt, which allows access to Greenway House & Garden for Agatha Christie fans, and there is even a tunnel section on the route, the Greenway Tunnel, and while my camera was too slow to take a photo as we were the last carriage going in, I did manage to get a photo of the steam we left behind as we came out.
Then there is the Greenway Viaduct before we head down into the Dart Valley and reach Kingswear Station. It was a lovely journey with stunning views throughout, and I should mention that all the staff we encountered were friendly and informative, and the commentary we received through the journey was excellent. All in all they have put together a brilliant attraction here.
We took the foot passenger ferry from Kingswear Station across to the Port of Dartmouth, in the shadow of the Britannia Royal Naval College,
then strolled through the Royal Avenue Gardens before walking along the South Embankment of the River Dart to the Higher Ferry chain ferry, which took us to the other side of the River Dart, so that we could follow the railway track to return to Kingswear Station,
enjoying a cup of tea as we waited for the train to return. The weather had started to come in a bit now, though it was still nowhere near as cold as the previous day. We sat in Louise, one of the standard carriages, for the journey back, and all too soon we were back in the modern day and taking a Cross Country express back to Teignmouth. Debbie went back to the B&B and I decided to take advantage of the good weather and get out to Hound Tor, which will be my next blog. You can see a lot more of my photos from this part of the day here.