Clive Smith of Ivybridge
However the eastern portal still provided a superb location from various viewpoints. The most legitimate was known locally to us enthusiasts as 'The Turret', a lovely promontory of Ivydale Road in the Lipson area overlooking the track from the north side. This cul-de-sac also afforded a vista in the opposite direction all the way down to Laira. Another location nearer to the tunnel mouth and south of the track required negotiating a flimsy concrete posted three wire fence to gain a better vantage !
My last photos were taken there in the mid-1980s. Travelling back and forth along the line, I'm sure many of us have noticed the gradual encroachment of trees on the cuttings at both ends of the tunnel. It was quite a shock to stand lineside the other day and compare the views from now with then nearly 35 years ago.
I must add that the final picture is taken from the south side overlooking the tunnel, albeit a few yards back from the edge of the cutting. As with much of our urban railway sites the old wire fencing has been replaced with an impenetrable pointy high steel structure.
Regards, Clive Smith, Ivybridge. Many thanks Clive.
in the summer of June 1975