Steam train trips from Bristol resume
Steam train excursions from Bristol to Torbay will resume tomorrow after a fault with an 80-year-old locomotive left passengers disappointed last weekend.
Organisers of the weekly summer excursions were unable to run the King Edward I locomotive last Sunday because an independent inspector discovered a problem with her brakes.
Instead, a diesel engine was used to pull the 400 passengers from Bristol Temple Meads to the Devon coast on the Torbay Express service.
Richard Corser, director of Torbay Express Limited, which runs the excursions, said the Swindon-built King Edward I had now been repaired and would run tomorrow.
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He said: "It was a brake problem on the engine which meant the brake system wasn't fit for purpose. When people book, there is a clause in the booking that says that in the event that the steam locomotive isn't available, we can use a diesel engine. It was thought it would be best to do that rather than cancel the event, which would have left 400 people without a day out. Members of the preservation society apologised and passengers were given £25 vouchers to be used on future journeys."
The excursions from Temple Meads have been running since July 5 this year with the new A1 Pacific steam locomotive, Tornado, built at a cost of £3 million.
Organisers plan to use the King Edward I every weekend until the end of the summer season on September 27.
Mr Corser said: "Next year we will try to keep two engines at the depot all the time to make sure we can always run a steam locomotive."