South Devon Railway






Dates

  /  /1844South Devon Railway
Authorised
29/03/1844Dalkey Atmospheric Railway (Dublin and Kingstown Railway)
2 mile long extension opened from Kingstown Harbour to Dalkey [1st] . This used Samuda and Clegg^s Atmospheric Railway system (later used by Brunel for the South Devon Railway).
  /  /1846South Devon Railway
Opened as an atmospheric railway between Exeter and Newton Abbott. This was not successful and the principal was abandoned.
  /  /1848South Devon Railway
Torquay branch opened
  /  /1849South Devon Railway
Line opened to Plymouth
  /  /1851South Devon Railway
Line operated by Contactors
  /  /1866South Devon Railway
Contractors cease to operate the line
11/10/2002South Devon Railway
Between the 9th and 11th five Voyagers fail after being soaked by waves. High tide combined with strong winds lead to waves breaking over the beachside railway embankment.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

A Virgin CrossCountry service bound for Bristol, recently arrived at Exeter St Davids platform 5 on 4 June 2002. Locomotive in charge is 47741 ...
Ian Dinmore 04/06/2002
A pair of 153s forming a train for Exmouth boarding at Exeter St Davids on 4 June 2002. Both units are sporting the promotional ^Heart of ...
Ian Dinmore 04/06/2002
The Virgin CrossCountry 0941 Plymouth - Edinburgh calls at Exeter St Davids on 31 May 2002 behind 47847. ...
Ian Dinmore 31/05/2002
Night scene at Exeter St Davids, looking north towards Taunton on 28 June 2002. EWS 67015 is awaiting the right away from platform 1 with the West of ...
Ian Dinmore 28/06/2002
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Exminster opened in 1852 and closed in 1964 but the Italianate station building still stands alongside the Devon main line. However, the loops and ...
Mark Bartlett 19/06/2008
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A Virgin CrossCountry service photographed just south of Starcross, Devon, in June 2002. The train is passing Cockwood Harbour, on the GWR main line ...
Ian Dinmore 29/06/2002
Looking east towards the River Exe estuary at Cockwood Harbour at low tide in the summer of 2002. The train is a First Great Western service from ...
Ian Dinmore 29/06/2002
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A Wessex Trains 150 stands at Dawlish Warren in the summer of 2005 with a service to Exmouth. ...
Ian Dinmore //2005
Traveller^s Fare roast chicken poster from the 1980s. ...
Ian Dinmore 25/03/2015
The 11.05 Penzance - Leeds photographed passing through Dawlish Warren in June 1982 behind 45076. ...
Ian Dinmore 19/06/1982
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A GWR Paington to London Paddington service pulls into Dawlish on 9th October 2019, with further work on the sea defences taking place.
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Alastair McLellan 09/10/2019
A Cross Country York to Plymouth service runs through heavy rain on a miserable day in Dawlish. Only an hour earlier I had been stood in bright ...
Alastair McLellan 09/10/2019
The signal box at Dawlish in April 1988. ...
Ian Dinmore /04/1988
A Cross Country HST hurries through Dawlish with a Plymouth to Edinburgh service on 29th July 2015. Power car 43321 brings up the rear as the train ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2015
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First Great Western 43015 speeds through Teignmouth at the head of a Paddington to Penzance express on 29th July 2015. ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2015
A Cross Country service from Paington to Manchester Picadilly pulls away from Teignmouth on 9th October 2019. This was a typical day of British ...
Alastair McLellan 09/10/2019
GWR 150002 rounds the curves of the South Devon coastline, with an Exmouth to Paignton service, approaching Teignmouth on 9th October 2019.
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Alastair McLellan 09/10/2019
Up HST passing through Teignmouth. ...
Ian Dinmore //
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GWR 3-car Sprinter 150002, on an Exmouth to Paignton service, ready for departure at Newton Abbot on 8th October 2019.
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Alastair McLellan 08/10/2019
The impressive 1927 station frontage at Newton Abbot, on 6th October 2019. ...
Alastair McLellan 06/10/2019
A Penzance to London Paddington service departs from Newton Abbot on 8th October 2019.
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Alastair McLellan 08/10/2019
Evening scene at Newton Abbot, looking south along platform 3 in June 2002. [Ref query 18 May 2018] ...
Ian Dinmore 04/06/2002
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Two Class 31s, having just negotiated the Devon banks, bring a freight from the Plymouth line through Aller Junction on a sunny July evening in 1985. ...
Mark Bartlett //1985
A summer evening in 1985, prior to the removal of Aller Junction, sees a DMU leave the Paignton branch and cross over the line to Totnes and Plymouth ...
Mark Bartlett /07/1985
Summer evening at Aller Junction as a HST takes the Paignton line passing the mechanical signalbox and the Plymouth line curving away to climb Dainton ...
Mark Bartlett /07/1986
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Ex-GWR Collett 0-6-0 3205 with a Golden Jubilee special at Totnes Riverside on the South Devon Railway in 2002. ...
Ian Dinmore 04/06/2002
A view from the station footbridge (now replaced) looking North East shows the vast scale of this Broad Gauge 4-track layout designed by Brunel. The ...
Charlie Niven 05/09/1988
Totnes station, as seen from the ramparts of Totnes Castle in July 2015. A Cross Country Voyager is just calling at the Up platform. The roof of the ...
Mark Bartlett 28/07/2015
A member of the train crew opens the crossing gates between Staverton and Totnes on 30 July 1969 on what was then the Dart Valley Railway. The view is ...
John McIntyre 30/07/1969
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Side of the Cornish Riviera Express at Plymouth. ...
John Yellowlees 02/10/2015
View from the west end of Plymouth station, with 43037 ready to depart for Penzance and 150131 in the bay on Gunnislake branch duties for the day. ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2015
A class 47 hauled First Great Western service arrives at Plymouth in May 2002. ...
Ian Dinmore 31/05/2002
Looking along platform 4 at Plymouth on 6 December 2017, with the 1256 First Great Western service to London Paddington boarding. ...
Ross Wilson 06/12/2017
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