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Saturday 16 June 2018: HDL South Devon Coaster railtour

This year’s early-summer excursion takes us on a 533-mile round trip to the Torbay seaside resort of Paignton; intermediate destinations are the cathedral city of Exeter, and the seaside towns of Dawlish and Teignmouth.

We will serve the usual stations from Hastings up to Tonbridge then Redhill, Guildford and Reading; we’ll then follow the entire length of the Reading – Taunton line, joining the Bristol – Exeter route at Cogload Junction, and then the South Devon Main Line from Exeter along the famous Dawlish sea wall section to Newton Abbot, where we diverge to Paignton.

Details and booking-instructions may be found in the leaflet, which can be filled in on your computer prior to printing (this helps ensure legibility and accuracy); we encourage you to use this method. Fares are also displayed below. Finalised timings will be published here in the days leading up to the trip.

Tickets are sold subject to our Code of Conduct. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Smoking is not permitted on our train. Bicycles cannot be carried, except folding bicycles with prior approval. If you wish to bring a mobility scooter, wheelchair or buggy you must inform us on booking, giving its dimensions.

Annotated extracts from Network Rail’s Sectional Appendix have been produced for the outward and return legs of this outing.

Standard Class fares seat in trailer coach (CEP or DEMU) £65
bay of 4 seats in trailer coach £250
seat in motor coach (E) sold out (£70)
Club Class fares seat in trailer coach sold out (£91)
seat in motor coach (A) sold out (£96)

If you cannot view PDF files, or the given method of booking is not convenient to you, please email us or ring 07501 478676 and we will provide further details and/or post you a paper copy.

Update: Sunday 22 April

As of the above date the Club Class section (coaches A & B) is sold out, and the Standard Class motor coach (E) likewise. Seats are still available in coaches C and D, but these are also filling up.

You may notice on the leaflet that the postal address to which completed booking-forms should be sent has changed. This is purely to increase administrative efficiency, and forms sent to the previous (railway depot) address will still be processed.

The train will be formed thus on departure from Hastings station, with Coach A leading:
Coach A 60118 Tunbridge Wells Club Class DEMU motor coach
Coach B 60501 Club Class DEMU trailer
69337 Standard Class BIG buffet car
Coach C 70262 Standard Class CEP coach
Coach D 60529 Standard Class DEMU trailer
Coach E 60116 Mountfield Standard Class DEMU motor coach

Tweets from HDL about our next railtour:

Plans for future railtours

We ran or co-run five outings in the course of 2017; thank you for supporting these outings!

We continue to formulate plans for future railtours, taking into account the various restrictions imposed by weekend engineering work and the availability of traincrew.

Details of, and booking-instructions for, our future railtours will appear here when they are available; when that happens, those on our emailing list & our followers on Twitter will receive notifcation.

We are progressing outline plans for railtours as follows:

Until properly advertised, these outline plans are unavoidably subject to cancellation, modification or change of date (except where stated to the contrary).

Code of Conduct

It is a condition of holding a ticket for any outing on our train that passengers abide by the letter and spirit of our Code of Conduct.

Leaning out of windows

We continue to endeavour to keep our passengers safe by not allowing them to lean out of our train’s windows. This notice contains further information.

Folding bicycles

It may be possibile for you to bring your folding bicycle on the Hastings DEMU, with prior written approval; our guidelines on carriage of folding bikes will help you to determine your bike’s suitability for carriage.

Railtour Archive

We can recommend a dip into the HDL Railtour archive, which contains details of all the previous “days out” which HDL has operated to date.