Refurbished carriage

31st August 2022

Following around 15 years use since her last refurbishment, 59503 (called Nina) has been overhauled again and, we're sure you agree, the difference is quite something. The photo to the right shows the before image whilst the after image illustrates the news item. The interior was the focus of this refurbishment with the old interior panelling replaced in new wood on the upper sections whilst the lower sections have been upholstered. The old seating has been removed and replaced with seating similar to that found in a BR Mark 1 carriage.

Passengers have been kind enough to share their thoughts with us and have praised the workmanship involved (all completed in house) and that the style is much improved!!

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  • Sights and smells - Cannot beat the smell and sound of a steam locomotive, a very scenic ride firstly along the beach, then along the river Dart. A couple of hours in Dartmouth then all aboard for trip back.
  • Superb - Just loved the steam train from Paignton and boat trip in Dartmouth. A real old fashioned journey, social distancing in place. Great scenery and v.friendly helpful crew.
  • So organised - So well organised. All had seat reservations and the coaches were extremely clean. The river cruise did not disappoint and without doubt one of the best commentaries I have ever heard. Without exception everyone enjoyed the day out, and thought it was the highlight of our holiday. A credit to all.

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