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Bideford - Westward Ho! - Appledore Railway

Facts & Figures

Hunslet Engine Co. Ltd of Leeds built 2-4-2 tank engines called 'Grenville', 'Kingsley' and 'Torridge' which each weighed 27 tons in working order. Each driving wheel was 3 feet, 3 inches. A minimum radius of curve of 160 feet was recommended, and 500 gallons of water and 18cwt of coal could be carried.
Bristol Carriage & Wagon Works, based at Lawrence Hill, constructed the carriages and coaches. They also built and supplied carriages for the Ffestiniog Railway, and the Lynton and Barnsaple Railway. There were two 3rd class carriages which were 66 feet long (one was used as a third brake) and 4 coaches, each 48 feet long. Lighting was by acetylene gas and there was a clock in each coach. First class roofs were covered in a pale green Lincrusta - a thick embossed wallpaper - picked out with gold. Seats had 'American leather'. Interiors were of polished oak with teak mouldings.
The carriages were American in style with entry at either end by an open metal fence platform. There were steeps steps for use at the Quay terminus and those halts that had no platform. Additionally, there were 6 open wagons, 4 covered wagons and a brake van.
There was no turntable - one engine, Torridge was on the track facing Bideford and the other two were facing Westward Ho!, and that's how they stayed.
The signalling was installed by Saxby & Farmer who were the major contractor responsible for building signal boxe on behalf of railways.

(with thanks for Douglas Stuckey and his West Country Handbook No. 1)

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