Friday 1 October 2021

Dartmouth Steam Railway

The Dartmouth Steam Railway, formerly known as the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, is a 6.7-mile (10.8 km) heritage railway on the former Great Western Railway branch line between Paignton and Kingswear in Devon, England. Much of the railway's business is from summer tourists from the resorts of Torbay, who travel to Kingswear, where the Dartmouth Passenger Ferry takes them across the River Dart to Dartmouth.

The line is owned and operated by Dart Valley Railway Limited. This company also owns Dart Pleasure Craft Limited, which operates the Dartmouth Passenger Ferry as well as river and coastal cruises.The railway and connecting boat and bus services are jointly promoted as the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company.

Unusually amongst heritage railways, it is a commercial operation which does not rely on volunteer labour or charitable donations, although a few volunteers help at Churston railway station.

Many of their locomotives carry names and many of their carriages are converted centre trailers from DMU units

USA locomotive Omaha is now based on the line having been fully restored

W59513 is a converted DMU trailer now named Jean and converted as ordinary rolling stock

Class 37 6975 is now the only large diesel locomotive on the line

Loco 5239 named Goliath seen arriving at Paignton

 Loco 5239 running around train at Kingswear

Kingswear Station and signal box

Train arriving at Kingswear from Paignton

03 371 is seen at Churston

75014 is also seen at Churston

Many thanks to Ken Jones for the above posting. All above photos © Ken Jones