John Speller's Web Pages Torbay Express

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The "Torbay Express" began in the late nineteenth century as the Torquay section of the Paddington to Penzance "Flying Dutchman." It normally left Paddington at 11.50 a.m., five minutes after the Penzance section of the "Dutchman." By the end of the century it was being referred to as "The Torquay Corridor Car Express." By the early 1930s the "Torbay Express," as it was by now known, was running non-stop to Exeter in the same 169 minute timing as the "Cornish Riviera," with slip portions for Westbury and Taunton. One of the excitements of my childhood in Taunton was to go over after lunch and see the "Torbay Express" come through Taunton Station with the whistle open at 75 m.p.h. Quite a nice Doppler effect.
The "Torquay Corridor Car Express" in 1899
The "Torbay Express" in the early 1930s between Dawlish and Teignmouth
The "Torbay Express" on the sea wall at Teignmouth in around 1930 comprising Collett Toplight stock behind a "King" Class locomotive
The "Torbay Express" on the Frome Cut-off on 3 February 1936 behind streamlined 4-6-0 No. 6014 "King Henry VII." It is said that Collett developed the streamlined fairings by sticking plasticene on a model locomotive
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