'Last Train to Torrington'
I have been following the interesting discussions about the final few trains to Torrington on the website which mentions the trains in 1982. I did actually photograph what was probably the last train in 1983. As part of an attempt to revive the line and gain political approval there was a special train of dignitaries who travelled on TDB975023 (single car unit) which worked a special to Torrington and back conveying the Devon Euro MP Lord O'Hagan, members of the Committee of the North Devon Railway Line Development Group and local government officials. This happened on 27 January 1983. I attach a couple of photographs as proof!
kind regards Keith Gale
For a lot more history and photographs etc on Torrington station please click below.
Also the question arises will this really be the last ever train to Torrington - the Tarka Valley Railway have an active base here and have laid in some track and keep stock at this location. Their eventual aim is to restore the line between Torrington and Bideford. So perhaps this wasn't the last train to Torrington??!!
150216 and 143603(with wheel flats) pass Polsloe Bridge with the 1154 Paignton to Exmouth.
The view towards Exmouth Junction from Polsloe Bridge platform.Will this change next week?
Three photos of the materials now at Exmouth Junction ready for the blockade next week. Dave
We enjoyed looking at Paul Barlow's interesting feature on the 'Last Train Beyond Torrington' that ran on 16th October 1982. Three weeks later on Saturday 6th November I was at Bristol Temple Meads and witnessed the arrival and departure of what the station announcer proclaimed was ''The Last Tain to Torrington''. This was a mammoth 15 coach special hauled by class 31 locos 31174 and 31158. The empty stock was formed up at Malago Vale carriage sidings so it arrived from the west and departed from platform 5 eastwards before travelling over what used to be known as the Bristol Avoiding Line from North Somerset Junction to Bristol West Junction via St Philips Marsh. This tour was organised by British Rail and also appears on the SBJ railtour site. Best regards. Guy Vincent
Driver Alan Peters