Win tickets to climb aboard the famous Torbay Express
Once again the old steam trains are back running between Bristol and the English Riviera resorts of Paignton and beautiful Kingswear in the South Hams district of glorious Devon
Once again the old steam trains are back running between Bristol and the English Riviera resorts of Paignton and beautiful Kingswear in the South Hams district of glorious Devon, and the Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with Past-Time Rail to offer its readers the chance to win one of 12 prizes of four standard class seats, with each prize package worth an amazing £200!Following a sell-out series of trips in previous years, Past-Time Rail is delighted to be able to offer 12 dates during the months of July, August and September. There is a lot to see on the way as you steam from the magnificent railway cathedral of Bristol Temple Meads, picking up at Weston-super-Mare and across the lush Somerset Levels to Taunton. Then it's over the remote Blackdown Hills and down the Exe Valley to Exeter, before heading along the Exe estuary and along the famous sea wall to Dawlish. Then it's on past the stunning Teign estuary before heading down to the English Riviera resorts of Torquay and Paignton, with their disparate attractions, and steaming past the beaches and coves of Torbay. The train then climbs along the steeply graded Paignton & Dartmouth railway through the wooded estate once owned by Agatha Christie, before passing the majestic bulk of HMS Britannia - not a ship, but the college that has trained generations of naval officers to protect these islands from the sea, and finally into the waterside station at Kingswear. Included in the fare is a journey by foot ferry across the river to the historic town of Dartmouth. Dartmouth has plenty of shops and cafes to explore or why not while away your afternoon enjoying an ice-cream topped with clotted cream and watching the activities on the water? This fabulous trip is running on Sunday 8, 15, 22 and 29 July, 5, 12, 19 and 26 August, 2 and 9 September and Saturdays 21 July and 11 August. For further details telephone 01543 411971.To be in with a chance of winning one of these wonderful prizes simply answer to the following question: 'Name the well known naval college at Dartmouth'. PLEASE specifying which date you would prefer for your trip by adding it in the 'Competition Name' box below.* Closes: 9am on June 14. * Usual Archant Regional rules apply and the editor's decision is final.