To mark the occasion the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company put on a special steam train which left Paignton at 0915 to take intending passengers to Kingswear to connect to Dartmouth via the short ferry crossing in time for KC's 1030 departure.
|The arrival of KC is made clear to passing cars and pedestrians at Paignton Station|
|At Paignton Station a model of PS Compton Castle is on display. Compton Castle was built for service on the Dart in 1914 and was also subject to a preservation project after her withdrawal from service at the end of 1962.|
|After arriving at Kingswear Engine number 7827 "Lydham Manor" prepares to run round the train to return to Paignton.|
Shortly after 1020 Kingswear Castle cleared her overnight berth and came alongside the pier at Dartmouth where a crowd had gathered in the cold wind.
|Kingswear Castle approaches Dartmouth Pier before boarding passengers for the "Paddle Steamer Homecoming Charity Cruise".|
|Passengers board KC, note the balloons and the deck crew in period crew uniform.|
|KC's newly painted bow. The anchor chain is almost hidden now it is painted black to match the hull.|
|KC's 2 Cylinder diagonal compound steam engine which dates back to 1908.|
|The recently repainted paddle box shwoing the very high standard of paint work.|
|KC leaves Dartmouth having canted on the corner of the pier for a short River Cruise.|
|With her whistle blowing she gathers speed.|
It remains to be said that the best way to experience KC is to visit her on her home river. Full details of her sailings can be found by clicking here. The event made the national news and a brief report can be found here.
PSPS members benefit from a 20% discount on KC sailings on tickets bought on the day, PSPS members also get 10% discount on the Dartmouth steam railway. To join click here and download the new members form or email email@example.com for further details or a printed leaflet about how to join the PSPS. Members must carry their current membership card to be able to claim any discounts. In addition PSPS members can now also gain a small discount on Waverley tickets purchased in advance via the booking phone number 0845 130 4647.