Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Ilfracombe land train goes into service

10:54 18 April 2014

The Dotto train.

The Dotto train.

Archant

New Dotto train in business and ferrying passengers around town this Easter.

The Mayor, Cllr Lynda Courtnadge, with Alan Isaac of Filers Travel and the new Dotto train.The Mayor, Cllr Lynda Courtnadge, with Alan Isaac of Filers Travel and the new Dotto train.

THE new Ilfracombe land train can now be seen bustling back and forth around the town.

The Italian made Dotto train started its career yesterday (Thursday) and is being operated by Filers Travel, covering a route taking in the High Street, seafront, harbour and Hillsborough.

The 40-seat train was purchased following a £163,000 grant from the EU Leader 4 Torridge and North Devon Programme, to support tourist development in Ilfracombe.

Yesterday it went into service without fanfare from around 11.30am and by the end of the day had carried some 100 people.

The Mayor, Cllr Lynda Courtnadge, with Dotto train drivers Dave Atkinson and Alan Isaac of Filers Travel.The Mayor, Cllr Lynda Courtnadge, with Dotto train drivers Dave Atkinson and Alan Isaac of Filers Travel.

Drivers Dave Atkinson and Alan Isaac of Filers Travel were impressed with its first day of service: “Dave and I used to drive the little red one,” said Alan, who acted as ‘conductor’ for the day.

“I think it will be a lovely boost for Ilfracombe if people support it.”

You can find out more by phoning Filers on 01271 863819 or emailing info@filers.co.uk.

Other News Stories

46 minutes ago
The new tourism and lifestyle building at Petroc.

A festival of learning at Petroc will highlight part-time courses and give people a chance to see the new building before it opens in September.

Read more
46 minutes ago
Torrington Pool.

The day full of free events aims to encourage people of all ages to stay fit and active with taster sessions.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Scott receiving his award from former mayor Phil Pester. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Scott Craner was nominated for the award by former mayor Councillor Phil Pester.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:30
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Torrington man pleaded guilty to drink driving as well as failing to provide a specimin in two separate incidents, court hears.

Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016
The North Devon Link Road.

Expect disruption from Monday to Wednesday as surfacing work is carried out

Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016
Will the green bin collection remain a free service?

And black wheelie bin could be collected every three weeks instead of two

Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016
Year 8 pupils at Pilton held a mock referendum on polling day

Pupils at Pilton Community College staged their own referendum yesterday.

Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016
UKIP chairman Steve Crowther. Picture: Tony Gussin

North Devon’s Steve Crowther says the party has won its biggest battle, but there is more work to come

Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016
The UK has voted to leave the European Union

We need stability and reassurance without arguments, says chief executive

Read more
Friday, June 24, 2016
MEP Julie Girling.

Julie Girling and Molly Scott-Cato both released statements following the EU referendum result.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications