The Atlantic Coast Express: The Bude Branch
The North Cornish coast must be one of the most spectacular in Britain and in the 19th century one of the most sparsely populated. Despite this, the area saw much railway activity, including the opening, in 1898, by the London & South Western Railway of the branch line to Bude.
As in many instances in the 19th century when a town was connected to the main railway network, Bude and its small population of 800 became immediately more accessible to others, both from the West Country and from further afield. There were, in addition, many advantages to the local people, in particular their agricultural produce was able to find new markets, and this was to generate consider-able trait for the branch line for many years, until the line succumbed to the Beeching 'axe' in 1966.
Perhaps the most famous of railway links with the town was through the 'Atlantic Coast Express'. Every day, at 11am, this train would depart from London Waterloo station for various destinations on the coasts of Devon and Cornwall - including Bude. In summer months this was a most popular train with holidaymakers, arrival in Bude being some five hours after departure from Waterloo.
David Wroe, a keen visitor to Bude over many years, has written a detailed history of the branch to Bude. It is well illustrated with over 130 photographs and detailed track plans. It will appeal to all those who knew the line, either as locals or as passengers from further afield, to railway modellers, who will find in the terminus at Rude the ideal Southern Railway terminus to model and to all those interested by the Southern Railway and its constituents.
Hardback with dust jacket, 112 pages
Condition: Good/Very Good - dust jacket has small cut at rear
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Updated: 29 December 2021