The Remains of Britain's Steam Age Railway
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Link to the pre 2011 Pages

Link to pages 31-60

15/09/2012

One of the pillars of Venn Cross Viaduct.

So the story goes, the crew of the morning train would drop the Newspaper to the cottage below, hope it wasnt too windy!

15/09/2012

The Eastern Portal of Bathealton Tunnel with its newly erected security fence. I had enough trouble getting down the cutting so not sure how the contractors for the fence got on, as surprisingly, there was no signs of them being there.

15/09/2012

The approach to Bathealton Tunnel looking toward Taunton.
The 43xx would have sounded nice coming up the 1:58.

 

15/09/2012

Bathealton Tunnel Eastern Portal.

15/09/2012

Western Portal of Bathealton Tunnel, with a curious smaller opening that goes back a little way, presumably some form of drainage system, although in this direction the Tunnel is 1:58 down so the water would run into the Tunnel.

15/09/2012

Venn Cross Station. The nearer portion with the chimney is a new addition, but still a very substantial building when built, considering there is little at Venn Cross other than the Station.

15/09/2012

Venn Cross Station looking towards Barnstaple, at a considerable height from the platforms.

15/09/2012

Looking toward Taunton through Venn Cross Tunnel.

15/09/2012

Western Portal of Venn Cross Tunnel with its new security fence, presumably erected at the same time as Bathealton. The trackbed through the platforms behind the photographer has been raised quite a bit due to spoil from nearby road improvements being dropped here, partly to cover up the many cars that are buried here, a legacy from the Stations days as a scrapyard.

15/09/2012

Venn Cross looking toward Barnstaple, The Signal in the distance probably isn't far off the location of the Home Signal. The raising of the trackbed is very noticeable here.

15/09/2012

Venn Cross Trackplan. Confusingly the signalling diagram shows it in the days when it was a crossing place, but the main plan is after the loop was taken out.

Gradient Profile for the Taunton-Barnstaple line.
No wonder they had to use 43xx even on only 3 or 4 coaches.
Bathealton Tunnel is in the middle of the first stretch of 1:58, not a lot of fun on a poor steaming engine, although as the line was built for the Broad Gauge, clearances would have been reasonable.

Gradient Profile showing the climb from Barnstaple to the summit at East Anstey, only slightly higher than Venn Cross.
Pretty much straight into the 1:60 at Barnstaple so 2nd valve from the beginning.

15/09/2012

While in the area here is the former Bus Depot at Lynton.

Lynton Station Trackplan 1900

15/09/2012

Lynton Station, Terminus of the Lynton and Barnstaple line. Understandable that they would have a decent sized building here.

Woody Bay Station trackplan

15/09/2012

The beautifully restored Woody Bay Station, really worth a visit as it is quite something, and there are now steam trains running on a short section of track.
Totaly out of proportion building for the location, and two platforms as well.

15/09/2012

Woody Bay Station.

15/09/2012

Looking toward Barnstaple with the last train of the day approaching. The aspect of the starting signal is a little worrying, but fortunately the signals are not in use.

15/09/2012

Woody Bay MPD

Certainly no chance of extending toward Lynton.

15/09/2012

Candidate for the smallest Signal Box. There is a lever frame and track diagram inside and apparently this is how it was in the real days.

15/09/2012

Station building at Parracombe.

Blackmoor Station trackplan

15/09/2012

Blackmoor Gate Station, still recognisable as a L&B Station, but again why so substantial.

15/09/2012

As there are no railway remains to speak of in Ilfracombe, here is the former Bus Depot, although for sale it is more likely to go the way of the Railway Station.

15/09/2012

A very surprising survivor at Bideford,
Workshop / Carraige Shed / Engine Shed of the Westwood Ho Railway.

15/09/2012

Another view of the B,WH & A Railway building looking toward the Terminus.

 

16/09/2012

St Columb Road Station on the Newquay line, the second platform indicates it was once not just a piece of raised tarmac.

16/09/2012

Quintrell Downs Station, dont think there was ever a lot more than this here.
Hard to imagine around 750 tons of steam excursion passing through here, 48773&45110 13 coaches and a 47

16/09/2012

Trewerry & Trerice Station on the Newquay-Chacewater line. The line passed behind the building on the left and accross the road toward Newquay.

 

16/09/2012

Next to the site of Mithian Station.

16/09/2012

View from the overbridge looking at Goonbell Viaduct.

16/09/2012

Access bridge built almost as part of Goonbell Viaduct.

16/09/2012

Goonbell Viaduct, quite a surprising survivor as most of the Newquay-Chacewater line has been erased.

St Agnes 1909

16/09/2012

St Agnes Station, again quite a surprising survivor, although with a rather heavy appendage spoiling the road view. The main part of the canopy is original, strange as you would expect this to be the view from the platform but it is actualy from the road, maybe the huge canopy was for the hoards of passengers waiting for the daily bus to take them the mile or two into St Agnes.

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