The District Controller's View No. 14 - North Devon
This book, the fourteenth in the District Controller series, deals with the Summer Saturday traffic between Waterloo/Exeter and Ilfracombe with equal attention being given to the branch from Barnstaple to Bideford and Torrington. The lines from Torrington to Halwill and from Taunton to Barnstaple are also dealt with. The author does not believe that a single item of operational detail has been omitted in recreating for the reader the activities of a Summer Saturday in North Devon. A complete set of engine diagrams is included together with the shed workings for both Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. Men workings for both depots are given in full as are 84 carriage workings that came into play on Summer Saturdays. One set of North Devon coaches may well have set the mileage record for Britain by covering no less than three workings between London and Ilfracombe: a total of 680 miles. The allocation of engines for the entire 1950's is given as is the complete Summer Saturday Working Timetable for trains between Exeter and Ilfracombe, Barnstaple to Torrington and the ex-GWR line from Taunton to Barnstaple. For good measure the North Devon & Cornwall Junction light railway has also been included.
Softback, 80 pages, black & white photographs, track layouts and much more
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