16th August 1979

Roger Joanes / Joanes Travel
Devon Explorer (I & II)

Did these trains run? Details taken from an advertising leaflet.

Traction Used advertised for 'diesel train'

Route : 'Devon Explorer I'

Traction Route
as listed Paignton - Torquay - Newton Abbot - Exeter St Davids - Crediton - Barnstaple - Bideford
as listed Bideford - (reverse of outward route) - Paignton

Route : 'Devon Explorer II'

Traction Route
as listed Barnstaple - Bideford - Meeth Sidings
as listed Meeth Sidings - (reverse of outward route) - Barnstaple
as listed Barnstaple - Bideford

Notes :
(1) For those opting to travel on both tours (for which there was a price reduction over the two individual fares) it was suggested to break for lunch in Bideford between approx 12:25 and 13:40 then for tea between approx. 15:35 to 16:50 - from the timings provided it is assumed the train ran E.C.S. between Bideford (after arriving at approx. 12:25 on the 'Devon Explorer I') and Barnstaple (arriving in time for the advertised departure of the 'Devon Explorer II' at approx. 13:20)

Source : Richard Maund

Timings (Advertised Only)
Richard Maund)

'Devon Explorer I'

Location Advertised (out) Advertised (rtn)
Paignton (10.15d) (19.00a)
Torquay ??.??a ~ ??.??d ??.??a ~ ??.??d
Newton Abbot ??.??a ~ ??.??d ??.??a ~ ??.??d
Teignmouth ??.??a ~ ??.??d ??.??a ~ ??.??d
Dawlish ??.??a ~ ??.??d ??.??a ~ ??.??d
Exeter St Davids ??.??a ~ ??.??d ??.??a ~ ??.??d
Barnstaple (12.00a) ~ ??.??d ??.??a ~ ??.??d
Bideford (12.25a)  

'Devon Explorer II'

Location Advertised (out) Advertised (rtn)
Bideford - (16.35a)
Barnstaple (13.20d) (16.00a) ~ ??.??d
Bideford ??.??a ~ (13.20d) (15.35a) ~ ??.??d
Meeth Sidings ??.??a ??.??d

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