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There are 8 pages of railways in this region.
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Babbacombe Cliff Railway

The lower station of the Babbacombe Cliff Railway sits on a sturdy stone buttress and there is a ramp for passengers to access Oddicombe Beach [see image 19532]. Viewed from below the substantial railcars seem tiny. The Friends of Babbacombe Cliff Railway have established an informative visitor centre on the ... [Mark Bartlett]

Barnstaple and Ilfracombe Railway

The old goods shed at Braunton [see image 56400] is now the Museum of British Surfing. I assume that is an outdoor activity, as opposed to Internet browsing. [Ken Strachan]

Bath Branch (Somerset and Dorset Railway)

The old S&D bridge over the GWR line [see image 37063] has now been replaced, with walls high enough to deter persons ignorant of the power of electricity from dangling conductive objects onto the overhead lines. NR staff have steps on both sides for access for electrification. View looks South, ... [Ken Strachan]

Bideford Extension Railway

Level crossing remains at Instow in 1990 looking towards Barnstaple. The former Instow station, closed to passengers in 1965, stands on the other side of Marine Parade behind the camera. The line closed completely in 1982 and the trackbed is now part of The Tarka Trail. [Ian Dinmore]

Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway

Approaching the end of the Wenfordbridge branch [see image 12904] on the Camel Trail, gateposts on the left indicate former industrial activity. [Ken Strachan]

Bridport Railway

Looking seaward to the former West Bay station south of Bridport, showing the sleeper wall erected along the approach track-bed and the departure home signal that stands guard north of the station. West Bay saw its last rail passengers in September 1930. [David Pesterfield]

List of locations in this area

Babbacombe Barnstaple Town Bath Bath (Combe Down) Bath Junction Boscarne Junction Braunton Bridport Bridport, West Bay 

Combe Down Tunnel 

Devonshire Tunnel 


Ilfracombe Instow 

Maiden Newton Midford Midsomer Norton South Mortehoe and Woolacombe 

Oddicombe Beach 


Shepton Mallet Slade Tunnel 

Toller Tucking Mill Viaduct 

Wadebridge Wellow Wenford Dries Wenfordbridge