Train Graphic
Great Western Passengers' Forum
Great Western Coffee Shop - [home] and [about]
Read about the forum [here].
Register and contribute [here] - it's free.
article index - [here]
 tomorrow - WWRUG / update from GWR
22/11/2019 - TWSW AGM
23/11/2019 - NEC - Model Railway Show
25/11/2019 - GWR Customer Panel, Plymouth
27/11/2019 - MRUG Melksham Rail User Group
28/11/2019 - Windsor Lion Auction
Random Image
Train Running @GWR Twitter Acronyms/Abbreviations Station Comparator Rail news GWR co. site Site Style 1 2 3 4 Chat on off
Next departures • Bristol Temple MeadsBath SpaChippenhamSwindonDidcot ParkwayReadingLondon PaddingtonMelksham
Exeter St DavidsTauntonWestburyTrowbridgeBristol ParkwayCardiff CentralOxfordCheltenham SpaBirmingham New Street
November 20, 2019, 09:29:44 am *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most liked recent subjects
[88] Two rail workers killed in collision with train, near Port Tal...
[85] Free bus pass with your new home?
[82] Spellcheck fail, Penzance
[81] Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onward...
[53] Hereford and Worcester, not my neck of the woods
[38] Withdrawal of X90 Oxford to London coach service from 4.1.2020
News: A forum for passengers ... with input from rail professionals welcomed too
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
Author Topic: Train of Lights  (Read 1430 times)
Hero Member
Posts: 7822

View Profile
« on: December 30, 2018, 08:44:34 pm »

The Dartmouth Steam Railway in Paignton has been operating a sell out run of services billed as a "Train of Lights"

Probably not for the railway purist, but very spectacular.  As well as decking the outside of the train with rope lights, powerful spotlights on the train illuminate the trackside.

Illuminations have also been placed on the banks.

Hard to convey in still photos - but this video shows it rather better.

..and this is the train approaching Britannia Level Crossing just outside Kingswear.

Just to note where the train runs past the sidings at Goodrington the lights are extinguished for "safety reasons".
« Last Edit: December 30, 2018, 08:49:58 pm by bobm » Logged
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
Posts: 2890

View Profile
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 03:48:56 pm »

Very impressive, Hopefully other heritage lines might manage something similar?
Better still in the snow.

AFAIK, this is the only comparable train in the UK.

In the USA something a bit similar but on a larger scale is offered, by a major train company, as a public relations opportunity and to collect donations of money and groceries for the less fortunate in society.

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
Hero Member
Posts: 389

View Profile
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2019, 05:02:16 pm »

The two engines look impressive with the blue-white lights, but the rest looks gaudy. However, this is Torbay, so I can see why its popular (ducks for cover)

Anyway, this is a commercial operation and not a conserved heritage operation, so why not
Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

Pages: [1]
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by a customer of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants

Jump to top of pageJump to Forum Home Page