Notes from David Tozer
As for the extra trains these ran in the place of a timetabled service which was withdrawn on the day the train ran. It was always a case of pot luck to get photographs as the train only ran when the camp was closed.
It is interesting to note that a sign on Lympstone Commando states that only passengers who have business at the C.T.C can alight. However since constuction in 1976 a new cycle/walkway has opened which passes between the camp and the railway platform. It now begs the question as to why members of the public cannot board/alight here as the manned security gate to the camp is now on the opposite side of the cycle/walkway to the platform.
I must confess I am always reluctant to take photographs of the platform as the camp has several security camera along the their fence.
I suspect that these operation of trains ceased following the privatisation of passenger services.
Best regards David Tozer Many thanks David
Trains only they stop there if army personnel require to alight or join the train. The day I took these pics I was lucky as the trains I was on stopped in both directions. I stood ready by the door and as soon as the train stopped, I opened the door and got a couple of quick pics from the doorway, I did not venture onto the platform. cheers JOHN C.
You deserve a medal - thanks
A few years ago, while ticking off the 104 operational stations in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall (out of the 490 there were), I got myself off by claiming that Lympstone Commando was not a network station. Nevertheless, just to cover it both ways, I stopped one day and asked the security officer if I could use the halt, explaining my obsessive mission. He said that I could and stupidly I rode on, thinking that I would catch the train later. When I returned, there had been a shift change and the relief told me that no matter what his colleague had advised, he could not allow a civvy to go through the gate. He pointed to the cameras and said that he would be shot if he were seen.
So, always take an opportunity when it presents itself.
Actually, the halt is railway property so theoretically there is nothing to stop someone getting off and staying there.
The branch now having an extra stop at Newcourt, with another planned for Hill Barton (Met. Office), it would not be outlandish to consider the closure of Lympstone Commando. The camp's perimeter fence is so close to Exton Station and the River Exe path now connects the two. Though it is a closure I would accept, I am not going to be the one to promote it!
You may recall this mystery picture from a couple of years ago, taken in 1961. No-one identified it at the time. Thanks to Colin Burges we now know where it is. The bridge abutments have changed very little, a testament to the quality of construction.
Regards Mike Roach It's great to have solved the mystery 55 years on.