Driver Al Peters
Andrew and Diane Jones
The goods connection was clipped out of use in September 1964, but the business continued.
Diane and I visited the station when it came up for sale and we were permitted to take a few photographs which I have attached.
Although the rails had been lifted in 1969, the station was almost entirely complete apart from the signal box and waiting room on the adjacent down platform.
When we inspected the goods shed, an office similar in design to the signal box was still being used, (please see photograph.)
I had hoped initially that the signal box had been re erected in the building after closure, but unfortunately checking photographs of the signal box confirmed this not to be the case.
Port Isaac Road Station, given its isolated location was a busy station handling the rabbit and fish trade, which was shipped on the daily ‘Perisher’ from Padstow to Exeter.
I haven’t visited the station since 1986, but noticed from a distance that the buildings are still in existence, I wonder if your members have any updates.
Best wishes Andrew and Diane
The line closed to passengers in June 1944 - an early closure. Some passenger traffic continued, though, connected with the US military base at Leyhill (today this is a prison).
Freight continued over the whole line until 1966, when Thornbury to Tytherington was closed and lifted. The line remained open to Tytherington for quarry traffic. Beyond the quarry today, the track continues for a quarter mile or so as a headshunt, but this is on a new alignment - the original trackbed here is now lost.
The line was 'mothballed' from 2013-17.
As with Portishead and some other lines in the area, there is a movement to reopen Thornbury to passenger traffic. However, the Thornbury station site is now built over and the section at Tytherington also lost.
Many thanks to Roy Hart for this information.