The Yealmpton Branch closed to passengers for the first time 90 years ago with the last trains running from Plymouth Millbay to Yealmpton on Saturday 5 July 1930. The withdrawal of passenger trains had been hastened by the arrival of the motor bus; however freight trains continued to serve the branch until 1960. However this was not the end as a passenger service from Plymouth Friary was reinstated from 1941 to 1947 to assist the war effort as there was an RAF station only a mile or two from the terminus. The 1929 passenger timetable shows 8 rail motor trains each way; and the trains took 35 – 38 minutes for the 10¼ miles from Millbay including 7 intermediate stops. The first station out of Yealmpton was at Steer Point 2¼ miles, beside the estuary of the River Yealm. Notes in the 1929 timetable indicate that Yealmpton was the station for Newton Ferrers (3½ miles) and that Steer Point had a steam ferry to Newton Ferrers (2 miles). The writer was born at Flete just 3 miles east of Yealmpton Station during World War Two and spent the first year or two of life living in a tiny cottage with a relative at Newton Ferrers which is south-west of Yealmpton because of the bombing of Plymouth.
2 shots from the last couple of days of Night Riviera moves, one the Friday 'Down Beds' and the current ECS top and tail Saturday move
All the Best
Exeter to Salisbury
Some of the proposals have seen the light of day in 2016 - the Peninsular Rail Group paper.
Page 23. Network Rail states Exmouth Junction controls the Exeter Central operations. This is Incorrect it comes under the Exeter Panel Box.
Honiton Page 58, I guess this proposal will see daylight - you cannot pass 10 car IEP's at Honiton.
Axminster Loop - Extension Eastwards(about 1 mile) to to Milepost 142 in the Chard Loop direction. Why not go the whole way to Chard Loop. I suspect that the recent flood prevention scheme messed that up.