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London to Exeter, Paignton & Kingswear

London to Exeter, Paignton & Kingswear

Destinations   Exeter    Paignton    Kingswear & Dartmouth

Kingswear & Dartmouth

This vibrant harbour town on the banks of the picturesque River Dart is the perfect summer getaway. If you love historic houses and gardens, castles or immersing yourself in history and culture, then Dartmouth is the place for you.

Trip Specific Information

This trip will be diesel hauled between London and Taunton on the outward journey.

Newbury passengers will be transferred by road to board our train at Swindon.

Dining passengers boarding at Exeter and travelling to Kingswear will receive a reduced meal service on the return journey.

Fares to Exeter start from £99 in Premium Standard, £149 in First Class, £199 in Premier Dining and £259 in Pullman Style Dining

Fares to Paignton & Dartmouth start from £119 in Premium Standard, £169 in First Class, £219 in Premier Dining and £279 in Pullman Style Dining

To see a description of the classes of travel, click here


Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives.

The B1's were designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic. As powerful, go anywhere engines, the B1's worked across most of the UK rail network from East Anglia to Scotland.

Mayflower was built in 1948 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow but was delivered post-nationalisation and acquired the number 61306 by British Railways. She was first allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens Depot followed by a spell at Hull Dairycotes Depot before being finally transferred to Low Moor Depot, Bradford. She was the last B1 in service, her final trip was hauling the 'Yorkshire Pullman' from Leeds in September 1967.

Mayflower was immediately purchased for preservation and was initially based at Steamtown in Carnforth. She was fully restored for mainline operation and worked a number of railtours in the 1970's. Acquired by Steam Dreams owner David Buck in 2014, she returned to the mainline in 2015 before being withdrawn for an extensive overhaul. Resplendent in the early British Railways apple green livery as she was originally given when delivered in 1948 she returned to full mainline operation in early 2019.

Mayflower has two cylinders, 6 driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 square feet and can operate at 75mph.

Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the trips listed, it cannot be guaranteed.

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The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Estimated Timings Outward Return
London Paddington 0710 2320
Slough 0740 2240
Reading 0810 2210
Newbury 0730 2200
Swindon 0850 2045
Exeter 1115 1735
Paignton 1200 1650
Kingswear & Dartmouth 1300 1615


London to Exeter, Paignton & Kingswear


Saturday 4th May 2019


London Paddington , Slough , Reading , Newbury , Swindon , Exeter St Davids

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