How It Was With GWR
Southern ran trains on the thick black lines and there were a few “connecting” services which were Great Western operated. At Exeter St Davids the two companies met briefly with the Southern crossing over from east to west of the GWR main line.
The SR “Spam Can” (left) will be making for the North Devon holiday resorts whilst the GWR loco will be hurrying off to London town.
At the same location a GWR express arrives from London.
The location gained a notoriety until a few years ago in suffering from repeated flooding …
… now de-risked with considerable concrete culvert construction.
The first station en route to Barnstaple but served only by Okehampton trains is Newton St Cyres,
The station actually is at Sweetham about 4/5 of a mile away from the village after which the station is named.
At almost all these stops, he station house is preserved but now in private hands. Newton St Cyres did once have quite a luxurious waiting hut …
… but now a simple and utilitarian bus shelter is all that is provided.
… so it was good to hear the guard announce buses from outside the station to the town. Stagecoach 5B is the main service to call.
You could have a long wait!
Now that Crediton gets two trains each hour, there must be a case for a proper service from station to town.
… but the northbound line(s) have lost their original buildings.
Next we visit Yeoford.
Just one platform remains at this next request stop. In blue diesel days there were two platforms, two tracks and two rudimentary shelters and signs of a third platform.
Now there is just one platform and not much else!
All trains stop at the Metropolis of Copplestone.
… which has a bit more to offer. There is a shop …
… now a well-stocked branch of “Central Stores”.
And it has its “cross” which isn’t a cross.
The station retains much of its rural character …
… but with only one platform now pleasantly adorned with some volunteer gardening.
Some will bemoan the lack of big trains to London but this delightful line is a great survivor and passenger numbers continue to grow.
… published in 2013 but still available on line.
Various dealers have them on sale at about £26. But, yesterday, Hatton’s “pre-owned” listing offers the same model at £17.
Not worthy of a blog comment?