South Devon Railway





Dates

  /  /1844[South Devon Railway]
Authorised
  /  /1846[South Devon Railway]
Opened as an atmospheric railway between Exeter and Newton Abbott. This was not successful and the principal was abandoned.
  /  /1848[South Devon Railway]
Torquay branch opened
  /  /1849[South Devon Railway]
Line opened to Plymouth
  /  /1851[South Devon Railway]
Line operated by Contactors
  /  /1866[South Devon Railway]
Contractors cease to operate the line

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a six platform station to the north west of the city. It is the principal station in the town being served by trains from London Paddington (by the former Great Western Railway) and London Waterloo (by the former London and South Western Railway). The main line continues west to Plymouth and Penzance. There are branches to Barnstaple and Exmouth. ...

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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
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
The Virgin CrossCountry 0941 Plymouth - Edinburgh calls at Exeter St Davids on 31 May 2002 behind 47847. ...
Ian Dinmore 31/05/2002
153373 in Heart of Wessex livery boarding at Exeter St Davids in June 2002. [See image 61958] ...
Ian Dinmore 05/06/2002




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


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

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


A Virgin CrossCountry service approaching Dawlish from the south west on 29 June 2002 behind a Class 47 locomotive. The train is on its way from ...
Ian Dinmore 29/06/2002
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
The signal box at Dawlish in the mid 1980s. ...
Ian Dinmore //


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
Up HST passing through Teignmouth. ...
Ian Dinmore //
A FGW Plymouth to Paddington HST hurries through Teignmouth and onto the coastal line to Dawlish and Exeter. The further of the two over bridges seen ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2015
A Virgin Voyager approaching Teignmouth westbound in July 2006. ...
Ian Dinmore /07/2006

Evening scene at Newton Abbot, looking south along platform 3 in June 2002. [Ref query 18 May 2018] ...
Ian Dinmore 04/06/2002
Pacer 143603, on a local service for Paignton, meets a Paddington bound HST at Newton Abbott station. 43009 is leading the London service and, on the ...
Mark Bartlett 29/07/2015
A FGW class 150 on an Exeter Central to Paignton service wends its way along the River Teign at Kingsteignton one summer evening in June 2010. ...
Ian Dinmore /06/2010
43285 at the head of a Cross Country HST about to leave Newton Abbot on its journey to Glasgow Central on 9 July 2011. The train is the 12.34 ...
Michael Gibb 09/07/2011

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
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
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


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
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
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













Side of the Cornish Riviera Express at Plymouth. ...
John Yellowlees 02/10/2015
A class 47 hauled First Great Western service arrives at Plymouth in May 2002. ...
Ian Dinmore 31/05/2002
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
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