On shed at Bodmin!
Starting at the ferry terminal the redundant track stored there from October onwards has all been removed. Track still remains in-situ in the terminal area but removal has been completed in the road leading to it (pics 1 & 2). The remains of several wooden sleepers could be seen. From the Royal Oak Inn to the paved car parking area behind the multi storey and Debenhams the rails are still in place, including the roadway under the town bridge. From Debenhams to the Bus station all traces of the tramway have been removed. Beyond this point most of the track remains in place, much dilapidated, up to the main line connection at Weymouth Junction.
Using Google Earth one can see that nothing remains of the station, However just to the east of the road bridge which crosses the site a trailing crossover exists between the otherwise plan track up and down main lines.
Gradients at Uffington. From Swindon virtually to Reading the line is on a falling gradient just west of the station site it is 1 in 754 easing to in in 880 at the station site and then continuing at 1 in 754 towards Wantage Road.
The three and a half mile branch from Uffington was opened on 1st June 1864 between Faringdon and the GWR at Uffington , with construction funded by a consortium of local business men called the Faringdon Railway Company which was purchased outright by the GWR in 1886. The branch was constructed as a broad gauge line and was converted to standard gauge in 1878. The branch left the main line on a five chain radius curve and then headed generally NNW to Faingdon, the steepest gardient on the lightly engineered line was 1 in 88. Passenger traffic peaked in 1913, but later declined to such an extent that the passenger service was withdrawn on 31st December 1951. Freight traffic continued to use the line until 1964. there were no intermediate stations on the branch.
Faringdon Town Council proposed in 2005 to reopen the line this was not taken any further.
The station building is still extant, having been used for various commercial purposes; it has been a children's nursery since 2002. Info courtesy Wikipedia.
It is understood that the Faringdon branch was used to stable the Royal Train on occasions. Once around the bend away from the main station one can appreciate that the topography would have been a very pleasant place to spend a night away from home. Lucky them!!
There were no intermediate stations on the brnnch.
Details and pictures of Farringdon station can be found using this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faringdon_railway_station.
The Farringdon branch line link is https://www.google.com/search?q=faringdon+branch+line&oq=Faringdon&aqs=chrome.2.35i39j69i57j69i59j46i67i395i433i457j46i67i175i199i395j46i10i67i175i199i395j46i20i175i199i263i395j0i67i395j46i20i175i199i263i395j46i175i199i395i422i424.6993j1j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Useful information from Guy Vincent
Also of interest will be the triology of 'Signalman' railway books by well known former Western Region Signalman turned author Adrian Vaughan. Signalman's Morning, Signalman's Twilight and Signalman's Nightmare are well worth reading and relatively easy to find for sale online. The middle volume describes in detail the author's experiences working on this section of the GW main line in the early-mid 1960s, a very dark period of rationalisation and closure following publication of the Beeching Report and modernisation of the British Railway network.