Plymouth historian Chris Robinson has a superb article on Millbay station on the following link -
Last week the hideous pedestrianised bridge that crossed Union Street where the railway bridge used to stand was taken down and plans are afoot to demolish the equally ugly Toys 'R' Us store where the signal box and tracks into Millbay used to be. Another excellent article from the Plymouth Herald shows what used to be - https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/history/before-plymouths-toys-r-built-878632
Finally a fascinating and detailed piece of research on the station by historian Brian Moseley can be found on this link - http://www.oldplymouth.uk/Railways-Plymouth%20Station%20(Millbay).htm
Regards, Clive Smith
Many thanks Clive for your photo and also for the links - they make very interesting viewing.
N.B. If you'd like a quick link at more of our websites pictures on Millbay please click here.
A pal of mine had been a relief clerk and he would tell tall tales about life in the final years of the lines west of Okehampton, at whose stations he was often posted.
He said that as booking clerk at Halwill he would date the few tickets he was likely to sell and go and sit in the window seat at the Junction Hotel by the level crossing, where he could call out to anyone entering the booking office. I bought a drink and sat there; this story at least was plausible. The one about the train stopping short in the dark at Holsworthy and the old gentleman mistaking the parapet of the viaduct for the platform everyone would laugh at, surely without believing it, because the picture of someone standing with his case in such a perilous position was so absurd.
According to Railfuture, "Halwill Junction and Holsworthy are fortunate to have retained a bus service close to being a true rail replacement service." When I last caught the X9 from Okehampton to Bude, some years ago, the driver dutifully pulled off the main road, turned round where the station had been and rejoined the road, without picking up or setting down a soul!
Many thanks Colin for your letter and pictures.
My Father told me, which I believe to be a true, a tale of a passenger stranded at Burngullow. It was during the war years, trains were slow and stations unlit. A gentleman on an up service expecting the next stop to be St Austell got out when the train stopped (Presumably for a signal check) at Burngullow. Quite how he got on to his intended station is not known! One could have said "Oh for on board announcements, central locking and well lit stations" but that was nearly 50 years ahead!!
KJ N.B. Burngullow closed on the 14th September 1931 so would have been minus its nameboards anyway.