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The Cornishman

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Join us for a rare trip with Tornado to Cornwall, which takes in the scenic Newquay branch line as part of our tour.

Taking on Brunel's sea wall and the formidable South Devon Downs before traversing the Royal Albert Bridge across the Tamar, this scenic journey delivers passengers into Cornwall to explore Bodmin, The Eden Project and Newquay.

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Ticket Class

Passage is available in Premier Dining and Standard Class on board our vintage MK1 carriages.

Premier Dining offers luxury with a Great British Breakfast served on the outward journey and a four course sumptuous supper on the return. All meals are cooked fresh on board by our elite team of chefs.

Tourist Class seats are all situated at tables for 4, with large picture windows adjacent - ideal for watching the scenery slip by. An on board buffet car is available for refreshment.



Bodmin (approx 12:00-17:30hrs)

We recommend visting The Bodmin and Wenford Railway for more heritage traction or dare to take a tour of the very haunted Bodmin Jail!

Par (12:10-17:15hrs)

Leave the train here for The Eden Project, a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes sited in a reclaimed china clay mine.

Book your tickets and coach transfers below for just £25pp.

Newquay (13:00-16:00hrs)

Take your time to explore Newquay's famed beaches, the ocean-side Bluereef aquarium, the Tropical Gardens and Newquay Zoo.

Our Journey

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Our train departs from Bristol Temple Meads with Tornado at the head as we strike out through Somerset. We pick up additional passengers at Nailsea and Backwell station before racing across the Levels to Taunton where more passengers can join our train. After the long climb to Whiteball Tunnel we cross into Devon and on to Exeter where we take a short break so Tornado can take on water.

We then head along Brunel’s famous sea wall before facing the very steep climbs over the South Devon Banks that guard the route to Plymouth. Beyond Plymouth we pass the Navy Yard before traversing another Brunel masterpiece, The Royal Albert Bridge, and on into Cornwall. Crossing soaring viaducts and with wonderful views all around we pause at Bodmin Parkway for those who wish to visit the preserved railway there. A short distance on we pause at Par station where there is the option to take an add on tour to the Eden Project.

Beyond Par we traverse the steeply graded route to Newquay, on through the Luxulyan Valley and to Newquay itself. For those passengers choosing to travel to Newquay the return is via service train as Tornado and our train will depart back to St Blazey depot in Par to be turned and serviced on the newly refurbished turntable. Passenger will return to Par via service train and join Tornado and its train there.

Our return journey will retrace our outward route via Plymouth and Exeter as we head back to Bristol Temple Meads.

Note: It is planned for our train to be steam hauled throughout, but if the turntable at St Blazey depot is not available as intended, a diesel will haul the train from Par to Plymouth.

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