HDL West Country Cruiser railtour

Saturday 25 June 2005

This page was last modified on Tuesday 28 June 2005

This page refers to a railtour which has now taken place. All information is left here for interest only!


For our long summer day trip this year we have chosen Exeter as our destination.

Exeter has many attractions for day-visitors, whatever their interests. The most well-known is the cathedral, but there is also the historic Guildhall and city walls, and the 16th century port area which now funtions as a riverside resort. The extensive city centre shopping area is close to Central station and will, no doubt, appeal to some.

Stations at which you may join our train are listed below; after leaving passing Reading we travel directly down the Great Western main line, setting down at both Exeter Central and Exeter St. Davids stations.

At Exeter we should have at least four hours of free time for sightseeing, shopping, etc. There is also the option of making a return trip on our train (at extra cost) along the branch line to Barnstaple although, in this case, free time in Exeter would be very much reduced. A separate document gives details of this optional extra trip, which does not need to be booked in advance.

Our return journey will pick up at both Exeter Central and Exeter St. Davids station only, and the route will again be via the main line back to Reading, then Guildford, Redhill, Tonbridge, etc.


These are the final timings as received from Network Rail.
Tickets were posted today, Wednesday 22 June.

Please note:

Hastings platform 2, depart 0643
Battle 0703
Etchingham 0716
Tunbridge Wells 0736
Tonbridge platform 2 0747
Edenbridge 0802
Redhill platform 1 0824
Guildford platform 5 0855
Wokingham 0922
runs non-stop via Reading p4 (0936), Bedwyn (1005), Westbury (crew-change, 1034), Taunton (1125), Exeter St. Davids (1159)
Exeter Central platform 2, arrive 1202
Exeter St. Davids platform 3, arrive 1211
Exeter St. Davids platform 4, depart 1626
runs non-stop via Taunton (1656), Westbury (crew-change, 1743), Bedwyn (1825), Reading (through-line, 1858)
Wokingham arrive 1918
Guildford 1958
Redhill 2028
Edenbridge 2047
Tonbridge 2100
Tunbridge Wells 2111
Etchingham 2129
Battle 2142
Hastings arrive 2157


Fares for return travel on the entire trip

Club Class

Travel at a seat with a table, with refreshments provided throughout the trip plus a meal with wine on the way home. Seating is likely to be in a DEMU trailer coach; payment of the additional £5 supplement assures travel in Tunbridge Wells power car (while spaces remain unbooked).

Power Cars

A £5 supplement should be added to individual (not bay) fares for travel in power cars (both Club and Standard classes). Capacity is limited.


Our train includes a Buffet Car; a selection of hot & cold snacks and drinks will be available throughout the day at reasonable prices. There will also be a trolley service.


Smoking is not permitted in any part of our train.

Latest information: Wednesday 22 June 2005

Tickets were posted today, Wednesday 22 June; if your ordered ticket has not arrived by Friday evening, please telephone […].

Seats are still available in all sections. Telephone […] on Thursday or Friday to book, or just turn up on the day and report to the Buffet counter.


Bookings have now closed.