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The Brixham Branch

The Brixham Branch

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This is the 1987 edition of this book.

Built and financed by Richard Wolston, a Brixham solicitor, the Torbay & Brixham Railway opened in 1868 and was from the beginning worked by the South Devon Railway which had its headquarters in Plymouth. In 1870 Richard Wolston was declared insolvent, the cost of giving Brixham its railway having broken him financially. After the GWR took over the South Devon in 1876, the T&B became truly independent, but it was a struggle to survive and in 1883 the GWR bought it for a bargain price, far less than it had cost to build.

Opening chapters describe the struggle to open the line, its problems with the SDR and its eventual complete independence. 

 The GWR years are fully described, with inclusion  of timetables and plans to enhance the text. the text moves on to the closure and the events leading up to this sad day in May 1963. A final chapter describes the line and its operation. Finally three Appendices contain supplementary on matters such as revenue and Brixham station masters.

Softback, 96 pages, photographs and plans, timetables, etc.

ISBN: 9780853613466

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