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There are 8 pages of railways in this region.
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South Devon Railway

150244 stabled in the bay at the west end of Plymouth station in May 2002. The glass fronted Plymouth Panel signal box is visible in the centre background. [Ian Dinmore]

St Ives Branch (West Cornwall Railway)

The driver of the St Erth to St Ives shuttle service changes ends at St Ives to prepare for the return on 16 October 2015. In the sky above the unit a parachutist drifts down. [John McIntyre]

Steep Holm Island Railway (War Department Railways)

Steep Holm is an island in the Bristol Channel off Weston-super-mare considered within North Somerset. During WWI it was fortified as a gun battery to protect shipping. A narrow-gauge railway was built to transport supplies from the quay to the top of the island. The tracks were still in place ... [John Thorn]

Swanage Railway

On 4th July 2017, the last train of the day (the 17.38 service from Wareham to Swanage) enters Corfe Castle station. The token exchange is taking place and the locomotive is Class 33 D6515. Once a ruin like the adjacent castle, this restored station is a glowing testament to enthusiasts ... [Mark Dufton]

Taw Vale Extension / North Devon Railway

Summer sunshine at Barnstaple. Platform scene on 5 June 2002. [Ian Dinmore]

Torbay and Brixham Railway

The short Brixham branch in South Devon closed in 1963 and very little infrastructure remains, this substantial bridge on the outskirts of the town being a notable exception. The line, laid originally in broad gauge, started from a short bay platform at Churston station, which until the branch opened was ... [Mark Bartlett]

West Cornwall Railway

A First Great Western HST for Paddington boarding at Penzance on a pleasant May afternoon in 2002. [Ian Dinmore]

List of locations in this area

Aller Junction Ashburton 

Barnstaple Britannia Crossing Halt Brixham 

Carbis Bay Churston Corfe Castle 

Dartmouth Dawlish Dawlish Warren 


Goodrington Sands 

Hayle Herston Halt 


Laira Lelant Lelant Saltings 


Newton Abbot 

Paignton Penzance Penzance (Long Rock) Plymouth 

St Erth St Ives Steep Holm Island Wartime Battery 

Teignmouth Torre Totnes