The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company, is fast-becoming a great example of an integrated and eco-friendly mode of transport.
The DSR&RB is working hard to ensure that its steam trains, riverboats and buses both dovetail with, and work alongside, all other means of transport in this part of South Devon.
As a result, locals and visitors to the area alike can leave their cars behind and put their confidence in the timetables which are now available online at http://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/
The DSR&RB Company also links in with existing and new forms of transport in the area – including the numerous ferries across the River Dart, and even the wonderful new Totnes Rickshaw Company, which takes riverboat passengers from the waterside to the top of Totnes town centre.
Powered by recycled cooking oil, the Rickshaws have to be amongst the most unusual (but greenest) modes of transport currently available within the UK
Another great ‘insider tip’ is the DSR&RB Company’s ‘Sea Train’ service.
Starting from Torquay, this service takes-in the picturesque and historic coastline of South Devon. By taking the foot passenger ferry to Kingswear, passengers are then able to join one of the steam trains which follow a route back to Paignton - offering fantastic coastal and riverside views. Passengers can then complete the full circular tour by transferring to a bus service which runs every 15 minutes from Paignton to Torquay.
The all-inclusive ticket for the Sea Train costs £19.50 for an adult, £12.50 for children, and £17.50 concessions. Family tickets for two adults and two children cost £58.
The Sea Train service is available every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday to June 30th; and then every day from July 1st to August 31st. Tickets can be booked online at http://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/, or by calling 01803-555872.
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