Dartmouth Steam Railway (1)

Posted: March 3, 2017 in Devon, Trains, UK
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Our journey on the Dartmouth Steam Railway starts at Paignton Station.

Paignton Staion

Paignton Staion

The line between Torquay and Kingswear was opened in 1864 and amalgamated into the Great Western Railway in 1876. The line was closed in 1967  and was sold in 1972 to a private heritage company and the first trains ran the following year.

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75014 Braveheart at Paignton Staion

75014 Braveheart at Paignton Staion

Heading out from Paignton we pass Goodrington Bay

Goodrington Bay

Goodrington Bay

As we travel south we cross the viaducts over Broadsands Bay before arriving in Churston, where passengers for Brixham alight to continue their journey by road.

75014 approaching Broadsands Viaduct

75014 approaching Broadsands Viaduct

75014 crossing the Broadsands Viaduct

75014 crossing the Broadsands Viaduct

Turning inland we pass through the long Greenway tunnel before emerging beside the River Dart alongside which we pass before arriving at a stop for Greenway, the former home of Agatha Christie, now open to the public.

Entering Greenway Tunnel

Entering Greenway Tunnel

Emerging beside the River Dart

Emerging beside the River Dart      

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Continuing alongside the river we arrive in Kingswear, from where we can catch a ferry across to Dartmouth. Originally the railway had intended to cross the river and terminate at Dartmouth. However they were to be frustrated in finding a place to cross the river and although the station was built it was never served by trains. It is now a cafe.

Kingswear Station

Kingswear Station

The station building from Dartmouth Station

The station building from Dartmouth Station

 

 

 

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