The English Riviera

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We are thrilled to confirm that our journeys to Dartmouth will now be steam hauled throughout the journey, from Bristol all the way to the English Riviera.

Unfortunately all our journeys to Dartmouth are now Sold Out. Please check back soon for more updates.

Journey in style to the sunny south coast.

Travel with us as we steam through the rolling hills of Devon, along the awe inspiring Dawlish Warren, before spending a pleasant while in the charming seaside town of Dartmouth on the English Riviera.1

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Steam to the seaside

Hauled by a magnificent steam locomotive, we will journey through the rolling Devon countryside, down the Exe Valley and through Exeter, before flying on to the coast.1

Our train will then speed along the seafront, just feet from the English Channel, as we traverse the awe-inspiring Dawlish Warren; before arriving at Paignton, where our locomotive will start the challenging climb up and over to Dartmouth and the River Dart.


After coasting alongside the River Dart, we arrive into the town of Kingswear. With four hours until our return departure and Dartmouth just a short, gratis ferry ride away, you can take some time to explore this historic naval town.

With Britannia Royal Naval College overlooking the town you can board a cruise along the river, explore Dartmouth Castle or perhaps indulge in a cream tea in one of the charming cafes.

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The Experience

Choose from the luxury of Dining, the relaxation of First Class or the simplicity of Standard, all of our experiences have something different to offer.2

Whether you enjoy a sumptuous three course meal with us, or just relax and watch the world fly past, we have the perfect journey for you.

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Summer steam to the sea

We are journeying to Dartmouth on two Summer Sundays in 2018.

On Sunday 24th June and Sunday 1st July one of our magnificently restored and lovingly maintained steam locomotives - Royal Scot, Britannia, Braunton3 - will take charge of our train for our journey to the coast.

Climb aboard luxuriously upholstered, historic 1950's railway carriages and step back in time4. Our liveried stewards will bring drinks to your seat as we speed through breathtaking countryside. What delights lay before you as our train train eases into the platform...

Our journeys are operated by Saphos Trains.

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All of our journeys to Cardiff are now sold out.

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  1. Journeys to Dartmouth are now hauled throughout by steam locomotive. Subject to availability.
  2. Dining is unavailable from Taunton.
  3. Any references to specific locomotives do not necessarily represent the locomotive that will haul any train on any particular date.
  4. Historic railway carriages are not guaranteed. Standard class tickets do not qualify for travel in historic 1940's carriages.
  • Subject to Saphos Trains LLP Terms and Conditions of booking and travel.
  • Service operated by Saphos Trains LLP, a subsidiary of Locomotive Services Ltd.
  • Title photograph courtesy Simon Lathlane. Seaside steam photograph courtesy Bob Green. Dartmouth photograph courtesy Matthew Hartley. Footer photograph courtesy Adam Court. All other photographs courtesy photograph courtesy Kathryn Yengel.