South Devon Railway

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Dart Bridge Rd, Totnes, United Kingdom

South Devon Railway Totnes Reviews

davidx davidx
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To the edge of Dartmoor Aug 29, 2010
The stannary (tin) town of Ashburton and the market town of Buckfastleigh needed a conection to the railway system. It opened in 1872 and used the very brad gauge favoured by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

In 1876 it was taken over by a company that held the current name and the gauge was converted in a single weekend to Stephenson's roughly 4 foot model.It later became part of the Great Western Railway, which existed until nationalisation in 1948.

Sadly the line's passenger operations never made a profit and it did not even survive until the Beeching report! It closed before 1960. I travelled on it myself during its life with British Rail. The Dart Valley Light Railway was formed in 1965 and it was this when I last travelled on it with my young children! In 1989 it was taken over by a new company with an earlier name.

Sadly Ashburton fell off somehow and the line only goes from Totnes to Buckfastleigh with one stop at the vilage of Staverton in between.

The Dart is a fine river, including the stretch between the moor and the estuary, which is what this line covers. I don't htink it is only nostalgia that makes me recommend it.
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