Passing Bridestowe Station, the trail has been diverted slightly to the east of the exLSWR mainline, for a short distance, to give the present owners some privacy.
It appeared that an existing track had been used for this purpose and on further investigation, consulting an old ordnance survey map, I found the existence of a tramway leading from Bridestowe Station to a point some 7 miles distant at Kitty Tor and Amicombe Hill.
Please see attached map.
It transpires from some research, that the tramway was built for the Duchy of Cornwall in 1879 for the extraction of Naptha Oil from peat.
It was built to the standard gauge, although horse drawn for almost it entire life it served some kilns at Rattlebrook and involved a reversal near Corn Ridge.
During the 1920’s a petrol lorry was converted for use on railway and was used to dismantle the railway in 1932.
The railway is still traceable and makes an enjoyable and accessible walk to the heart of Dartmoor with relative safety and gentle gradients.
I have not been able to find any historic photographs of the line and wonder if society members know of the existence of any?
Best wishes Andrew Many thanks Andrew