• 1 Westward Ho! Railway Conspiracy

    Did the engines sink or see service near the front line? Early in 1917, the line was commandeered by the Government and a temporary

  • 2 Last train from Barnstaple to Torrington

    1965

  • 3 Westward Ho! Railway Facts

    Hunslet Engine Co. Ltd of Leeds built 2-4-2 tank engines called 'Grenville', 'Kingsley' and 'Torridge' which each weighed

  • 4 Bideford, Westward Ho! & Appledore Railway Co.

    The train service on Sundays will be discontinued after October 10th 1915 and resumed

  • 5 Traders protest 'district gets worst rail carriages 3rd February 1961

    Worst carriages for Bideford area 3.02.1961

  • 6 Save railway - fight still goes on 22nd January 1965

    Southwestern railway 22 January 1965

  • 7 Mr John Henry Sharley

    10 March 1950

  • 8 200 passengers give the Halwill line a closure in style 5th March 1965

    Closure of Halwill line 5th March 1965

  • 9 End of an era Bideford's last coal truck 17th September 1965

    Bideford railway goods yard 17th September 1965

  • Westward Ho! Railway Conspiracy

    Did the engines sink or see service near the front line? Early in 1917, the line was commandeered by the Government and a temporary

    Westward Ho! Railway Conspiracy

     

    Bideford-Westward Ho!-Appledore Railway - Is there a conspiracy?

    Did the engines sink or see service near the front line?

    Early in 1917, the line was commandeered by the Government and a temporary line was laid from Bideford Quay across the bridge to a goods yard in East-the-Water.
    Lieut-Colonel E V Thompson said that engines were loaded on to SS Gotterdammerung at Avonmouth and were destroyed when the ship was torpedoed by a U-boat off the Cornish coast. Hunslett Engine Co. and others claim that the engines were despatched to Pembrey in South Wales for shipment to the

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  • Last train from Barnstaple to Torrington

    1965

    The last train to carry passengers both ways on the Barnstaple-Torrington route will leave Torrington for Bideford at 7.45pm and Bideford for Barnstaple at 7.54pm tomorrow.

    October 1965 last train

    Although a train leaves Barnstaple at 9.40pm and Bideford for Torrington at 9.58, it returns from Torrington empty. The occasion will not pass unmarked.
    The Mayor of Bideford, Mrs Ethelwynne Brown, will be on the station to say farewell to the 7.54pm train. The occasion, she pointed to the Gazette, was certainly not one for celebration. ‘But the least I can do as Mayor is to thank the staff for past services for which

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  • Westward Ho! Railway Facts

    Hunslet Engine Co. Ltd of Leeds built 2-4-2 tank engines called 'Grenville', 'Kingsley' and 'Torridge' which each weighed

    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

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  • Bideford, Westward Ho! & Appledore Railway Co.

    The train service on Sundays will be discontinued after October 10th 1915 and resumed

    Bideford, Westward Ho! & Appledore Railway Co.

    Railway
     

    The train service on Sundays will be discontinued after October 10th 1915 and resumed on May 7th 1916
    Henry Sowden, General Manager

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  • Traders protest 'district gets worst rail carriages 3rd February 1961

    Worst carriages for Bideford area 3.02.1961

    Traders protest 'district gets worst rail carriages' 3rd February 1961TRADERS PROTEST

    Holiday makers going on to the platform at Waterloo bound for the Westcountry invariably find the worst carriages earmarked for the Bideford-Barnstaple area, says a letter of protest sent to British Railways by Bideford and District Chamber of Trade.  The secretary, Mr C C Prust said the MP for Torrington Division, Mr Percy Browne was also being asked to take the matter up.

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  • Save railway - fight still goes on 22nd January 1965

    Southwestern railway 22 January 1965

    'Save railway' fight still goes on 22nd January 1965

    Save railway fight still goes on When local M.P.'s and South Western rail chiefs were lunching they were interupted by Mr Roger Crowther, chairman of the Torridge Railway Users' Action Committee.

    M.P.s, Mr Peter Mills and Mr Jeremy Thorpe, were discussing with south west rail executives the future of the Barnstaple - Torrington and Barnstaple - Ilfracombe railway lines.

    Discussion took place on the special inspection train of the general manager of British Railways Western Region, Mr G F Fiennes.  In the photograph he is greeting Mr Mills.  Other executives on board were Mr J Flynn; Mr G Phillip;

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  • Mr John Henry Sharley

    10 March 1950

    Believed to be the first Bidefordian to qualify for the Southern Railway Gold Medal for long service, Mr John Henry Sharley, 9 Chudleigh Avenue, Bideford, completed fifty years’ railway service on February 28th.

    10.3.1950 John Sharley

    He hopes to retire on April 1st. Mr Sharley was Mayor of Bideford during the war years 1942-44.

    He commenced work in the uniformed goods department at Bideford Railway station the same department to which he later returned as a higher grade clerk, on Ladysmith Day, 1900. In all he has served under ten station masters. Disappointed to find, on his return to Bideford, that interest in football was

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  • 200 passengers give the Halwill line a closure in style 5th March 1965

    Closure of Halwill line 5th March 1965

    200 passengers give the Halwill line a closure in style 5th March 1965

    200 passengers give the Halwill line a closure in style It is a long since the queue for tickets at Torrington railway station stretched from the booking office out and down the platform.

    About 200 people filled the last public passenger train from Torrington on the Torrington-Halwill line, and there can be few, if any, occasions when more passengers have been carried since its opening as a full scale line in 1925.

    Passengers included members of Plymouth, Exeter and Launceston Railway societies and a contingent of 32 boys from the Transport Society of Grenville College, Bideford, led

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  • End of an era Bideford's last coal truck 17th September 1965

    Bideford railway goods yard 17th September 1965

    End of an era - Bideford's last coal truck 17th September 1965PTDC0004end of an era Bidefords last coal truck

    This is a picture for the archives of the last coal truck to be unloaded at Bideford railway goods yard.

    The occasion also marked the last trip to the railhead from the Westcombe yard of Messrs Littlejohns Bros. of the 'jumbo' crane, which has been making the journey since 1955.

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