- Reading to Plymouth Line
The Reading-Plymouth line is the central part of the trunk
railwayline between London Paddington and Penzance railway stations in the southern United Kingdom. It is a major branch of the Great Western Main Lineand diverges at Reading, running to Plymouth, from where it continues as the Cornish Main Line. It was one of the principal routes of the pre-1948 Great Western Railway[cite book | title = Pre-grouping Atlas and Gazetteer | publisher = Ian Allan Limited | date = 1976 | location = Shepperton | id = ISBN 0-71100-320-3 ] which were subsequently taken over by the Western Region of British Railwaysand are now part of the Network Railsystem.
The line only became a through route on
2 July 1906when the Castle Cary Cut-Offline was completed. Before this, from 5 May 1848, through trains from London to Plymouth had run via Bristol: this is often called the "Great Way Round"cite book| last = Leigh| first = Chris| title = Railway World Special: Cornish Riviera| publisher = Ian Allan| date = 1988| location = Shepperton| id = ISBN 071101-797-2] and a few trains still take this route.
The various sections of line were opened:cite book | last = MacDermot | first = E T | title = History of the Great Western Railway, volume I 1833-1863 | publisher =
Great Western Railway| date = 1927 | location = London] cite book | last = MacDermot | first = E T | title = History of the Great Western Railway, volume II 1863-1921 | publisher = Great Western Railway| date = 1931 | location = London]
* Reading to Hungerford –
21 December 1847
*Hungerford to Patney & Chirton –
11 November 1862
*Patney & Chirton to Westbury –
29 July 1929
*Westbury to Frome –
7 October 1850
*Frome to Castle Cary –
1 September 1856
*Castle Cary to Charlton Mackrell –
2 July 1905
*Charlton Mackrell to Somerton –
20 May 1905
*Somerton to Curry Rivel Junction –
12 February 1906
*Curry Rivel Junction to Athelney Junction –
1 October 1853as part of Taunton to Yeovil line
*Athelney Junction to
Cogload Junction– 2 April 1906
Cogload Junctionto Taunton – 1 June 1842
*Taunton to Beambridge –
1 May 1843
*Beambridge to Exeter –
1 May 1844
*Exeter to Teignmouth –
30 May 1846
*Teignmouth to Newton –
30 December 1846
* Newton to Totnes –
20 July 1847
* Totnes to Laira –
5 May 1848
* Laira to Plymouth –
2 April 1849
The Reading to Hungerford section was promoted as the
Berks and Hants Railway; from there to Patney & Chirton by the Berks and Hants Extension Railway; and from Westbury to Castle Cary by the Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway. The section from Cogload Junction to Exeter was built by the Bristol and Exeter Railway, which company's Yeovil branch became part of the new main line between Curry Rivel Junction and Athelney Junction, and including Athelney station. The section between Exeter and Plymouth was built by the South Devon Railway.
The nominally independent companies had all been amalgamated into the
Great Western Railwayby 1 February 1876, and the remaining RailGauge|84 broad gaugelines were closed on May 20 1892and converted to RailGauge|ussg standard gaugeover the following weekend. A series of cut-off lines were constructed during the following 15 years which saw the through route established. The Great Western was nationalised on 1 January 1948to become a part of the new British Railways.
Resignalling during the 1980s allowed faster running. This was followed by privatisation in the 1990s, first being transferred to
Railtrackand now, following its demise, on to Network Rail.
There have been a number of serious accidents on the line over the years, mainly in the Taunton - Norton Fitzwarren area. The most recent fatal accident was the derailment of a
High Speed Trainfrom Paddington near Newbury in 2004, following a collision with a car that had stopped on a level crossing. Some of the notable incidents were:
* Ufton Nervet near Newbury – derailment,
6 November 2004. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3989277.stm BBC News] ]
* Taunton – sleeping car fire,
6 July 1978. [cite book | first= | last=Department of Transport | coauthors=Major A.G.B. King | year=1980 | title=Railway Accident: Report on the Fire that occurred in a Sleeping-Car Train on 6th July 1978 at Taunton in the Western Region, British Railways | publisher=HMSO | id=ISBN 0-11-550513-X | url=http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/eventsummary.php?eventID=225 ]
* Norton Fitzwarren – collison,
11 November 1890.
* Norton Fitzwarren – derailment,
4 November 1940. [ [http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/documents/MoT_NortonFitzwarren1940.pdf Official report into the Norton Fitzwarren 1940 crash] (
* Dawlish – collision,
22 September 1921.
* Sea Wall – landslip,
16 February 1855and various other dates.
* Totnes – collision,
31 October 1853.
* Totnes – boiler explosion,
13 March 1860.
* Totnes – derailment,
5 April 1865.
Ratterynear Totnes – collision, 1 August 1853.
* Ivybridge – collision,
29 July 1862.
* Plympton – boiler explosion,
27 June 1849.
* Plympton – collision,
13 September 1866.
* Plymouth Millbay – buffer stop collision,
13 September 1866.
"The route is described from Reading to Plymouth for a passenger facing the direction of travel, which will put both the White Horse at Westbury and the sea at Dawlish on their left."
Reading to Bedwyn
As the train leaves
Reading railway stationthe line curves to the left to follow the route of the old Berks and Hants Railway. The Great Western Main Linecan be seen on the right and between the two routes is an engineering depot at a lower level, then on the same level as the running lines is Reading TMDwhere the DMUs used on local services out of London Paddington stationare serviced. The depot is known as Triangle Sidings because of a curve that passes behind the depot allowing up trains (towards London) from the Great Western Main Line to become down trains on the Berks and Hants Line and "vice versa"; this curve is mainly used for freight trains to and from the South Coast.
Just beyond the depot lies Reading West, a local station that is elevated above a road at one end but is in a deep cutting at the other. At the far end of the cutting is Southcote Junction where the line to Plymouth curves sharply to the right away from the other Berks and Hants Line to Basingstoke. A third line used to curve to the left to a goods depot but this is long closed and the trackbed blocked by a footpath.
Our route, which is marketed here as the "Kennet Line", follows the
River Kennetthrough the outer suburbs of Reading to Theale, where the stone and oil terminals in the goods yard give the station an industrial feel. Out now into the Berkshirecountryside, the line passes through more local stations at Aldermaston, Midgham and Thatcham.
race courselies alongside the line on the left and has its own station a short distance east of the main Newbury railway station, where the town centre is close by on the right of the line. The station has a bay platform on the right for local terminating trains, and the through platforms are on loop lines that allow fast trains to overtake the local services that continue beyond the town. Some long distance trains also call here.cite web |title = National Rail Timetable 135 (Winter 2007)|publisher= Network Rail|url = http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/eNRT/Dec07/timetables/Table135.pdf|format=
Beyond Newbury the railway follows the route of the
Kennet and Avon Canalwhich crosses below to run on the left side of the line through Kintbury then crosses back to the right before it reaches Hungerford. The line crosses into Wiltshireand the canal crosses back to the left to run close beside the line through picturesque Little Bedwynto reach Bedwyn railway stationwhich is actually in Great Bedwyn. This is the outer limit of the London suburban servicescite web |title = National Rail Timetable 116 (Winter 2007)|publisher= Network Rail|url = http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/eNRT/Dec07/timetables/Table116.pdf|format=
On to Taunton
Pewsey– Westbury – Frome– Bruton– Castle Cary– Taunton"Long distance trains continue to follow the Kennet and Avon Canalwhich is on the left side of the line but on the right is CroftonPumping Station where beam engines are preserved that once pumped water to the summit level of the canal; the long flight of Crofton Locks are opposite. The canal now dives beneath the line in a convert|500|yd|m|0 tunnel beneath the site of the closed Severnake railway station; the remains of the bridge that carried the Midland and South Western Junction Railwayover our line can also be seen. There was never a station at Burbagebut the siding on the right served a wharf which allowed transhipmentof goods between the canal and railway.
Some trains call at
Pewsey railway station, where the building on the right-hand platform is a replica of the earlier building but the building on the main platform on the left is original. The site of Patney and Chirton railway stationmarks the start of a cut-off line that avoided the long loop (to the right) through Devizes railway stationon the Berks and Hants Extension Railway.
A white horse can be seen carved on the hillside on the left of the approach to Westbury while a cement factory lies alongside the line on the right. Non-stop trains curve to the left to pass under the
Wessex Main Lineand avoid the complex of junctions around the station, but trains that call here diverge to the right at Heywood Road Junction. Another line curves sharply to the right to join the Wessex Main Line towards Trowbridge at Hawkeridge Junction, a route that forms a diversionary route for the Great Western Main Line. Our train, however, curves left past the Panel Signal Box to join the Wessex Main Line in the opposite direction and enter the station.
There are sidings on both sides of the line west of the station. On the right are those used for stabling the local
DMUs between services, and a Network Rail"virtual quarry" where ballast is stockpiled for distribution. The sidings on the left are mainly used by stone trains from Mendipsquarries further west along the line. Our line diverges right from the Wessex Main Line (which continues towards Salisbury) and curves around behind the virtual quarry to reach Fairwood Junction where trains that avoided the station rejoin the historic route, which here was constructed by the Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway.
Crossing from "Wilts" (Wiltshire) into
Somersetwe come to Clink Road Junction where a branch line diverges on the right to Frome railway station, where a rare wooden train shedstill survives, [cite book| last = Oakley| first = Mike| title = Somerset Railway Stations| publisher = Redcliffe Press| date = 2006| location = Bristol| id = ISBN 1-904537-54-5] and Whatley Quarry. Frome is served by Heart of Wessex Linelocal servicescite web |title = National Rail Timetable 123 (Winter 2007)|publisher= Network Rail|url = http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/eNRT/Dec07/timetables/Table123.pdf|format=
The next junction on the right is at Witham, where the old
East Somerset Railwaycarries stone trains from Merehead Quarry and continues to Cranmore. After passing through Bruton railway station, the line passes the remains of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railwayat Cole, and then arrives at the junction station at Castle Cary. Here it curves right, away from the Heart of Wessex Line which continues to Weymouth via Yeovil Pen Mill, a diversionary route that is used when the usual route to Exeter is blocked.
The main line is now on the
Castle Cary Cut-Offthat opened on 2 July 1906to shorten the so-called "Great Way Round" via Bristol. After passing through Somerton Tunnel the line soon finds itself crossing the low-lying and comes onto the Somerset Levelsand at to Langport and Curry Rivel Junction, where the old Yeovil branch line. used to join from the left, only to diverge right at Athelney to join the Bristol to Taunton Lineat Durston. The 1906 openings saw an additional cut-off from Athelney to Cogload Junctionwhere we join the route from Bristol, the old Bristol and Exeter Railway.
Taunton and Bridgwater Canalnow runs alongside the railway on the right. We next pass the site of Creech railway stationand the junction (on the left) of the former Chard branch line. The River Tonejoins us on the left and the canal passes beneath the line to join it at Firepool, which is behind the site of the old goods yard just outside Taunton railway station.
Taunton to Exeter
Taunton– Tiverton and Willand– Exeter"
The train leaves Taunton with the abandoned
engine shedon the left, and passes the engineer's depot at Fairwater Yard on the same side. The former Norton Fitzwarren railway stationis an unlucky location that has seen two serious collisions and a fatal train fire over the years. The West Somerset Railwaydiverges on the right and work is under way to provide new facilities here for this heritage railwaywhich includes relaying track for a short distance along the old Devon and Somerset Railwaythat formed a third route in between the main line and the West Somerset. On the left of the line an embankment marks the remains of the Grand Western Canal.
After passing over Victory Crossing at
Bradford-on-Tone, the line starts to climb upwards. It passes through the remains of Wellington station and then under the A38 roadat Beambridge, which was the site of the line's terminus while work was underway to excavate the Whiteball Tunnel at the top of Wellington Bank. It was coming down here that "City of Truro" became the first locomotive to exceed 100 mph (160 km/h). [cite journal| last = Andrews| first = David| title = Special Experimental Tests – More Pieces of the City of Truro Puzzle| journal = Backtrack| volume = 22| issue = 2| pages = 116–121| publisher = Pendragon Publishing| date = 2008]
Through the tunnel and into
Devon, the M5 motorwaycomes alongside on the left and the line arrives at to Tiverton Parkway, the railhead for much of north Devon thanks to the A361 roadthat joins the motorway next to the station. A short distance further brings us to Tiverton Loops, the site of the former Tiverton Junction railway station.
The motorway service station on the left marks the site of
Cullompton railway station, and then the line passes the remains of Hele & Bradninch and Silverton railway stations. At Silverton the old Exe Valley Railwayused to join from the right, and then the railway sweeps through the valley of the River Culmto where it joins the River Exenear Cowley Bridge Junction. Here the Tarka Linefrom Barnstaple joins on the right and the line then passes (on the same side) Riverside Yard and an old transhipmentshed. Until 20 May 1892, when the former Great Western Railwaylines that we are travelling on were converted from the RailGauge|84 broad gauge, the shed was used to transfer goods between broad gauge wagons and the RailGauge|ussg standard gaugewagons used by the London and South Western Railwayto Yeovil and Barnstaple.cite book| last = Oakley| first = Mike| title = Devon Railway Stations| publisher = The Dovecote Press| date = 2007| location = Wimbourne| id = ISBN 1-904349-55-6]
Passing over the wide Red Cow
level crossing, we enter Exeter St Davids railway station.
Exeter to Newton Abbot
Exeter– Starcross(and Exmouthvia a seasonal ferry service) – Dawlish Warren– Dawlish– Teignmouth– Newton Abbot"
On leaving Exeter St Davids the line to Exeter Central climbs away on the left while on the right can be seen the Panel Signal Box by the entrance to the
Exeter TMDwhere local First Great Western DMUs are maintained. Our line, the old South Devon Railway main line,cite book| last = Gregory| first = R H| title = The South Devon Railway| publisher = Oakwood Press| date = 1982| location = Salisbury| id = ISBN 0-853612-86-2] crosses the River Exeand a parallel flood relief channel, and then passes above the suburbs of Exeteralong a stone viaducton which is situated Exeter St Thomas railway station. The church of St David, with its spire, and the older Exeter Cathedral can be seen on the hill above the river. Beyond this is an industrial area where two lines used to branch out. On the left a short line went down to the Exeter Canalat City Basin; on the right a longer branch ran to Heathfield on the Newton Abbot to Moretonhampstead branch.
Once out in the countryside our line crosses marshes as it runs alongside the canal and river. What looks like a level crossing in the fields near
Countess Wearis actually a lifting bridge across the canal. After passing the site of Exminster railway station, with its George Hennetstation house on the right,cite book| last = Kay| first = Peter| title = Exeter - Newton Abbot: A Railway History| publisher = Platform 5 Publishing| date = 1991| location = Sheffield| id = ISBN 1-8725-2442-7] the canal comes more clearly into view on the left and joins the River Exe, as does the railway, at Turf. The square pond to the left of the line is the site of Turf engine house. This stretch of the line used to have long water troughs between the rails from which steam locomotives could refill their water tanks without stopping.
Powderham Castlethe railway is right alongside the river; on the right of the line is the castle's deer park, while on the left, across the river, trains on the Avocet Linemay be seen near Lympstone Commando railway station. Our train now enters the village of Starcross beyond which is the pier for the Exmouth to Starcross Ferryand, on the right, the old Starcross engine house. A little further along the river the railway crosses the mouth of Cockwoodharbour. Near the shipwreck here on the left was the convert|1285|ft|m|0 long Exe Bight Pier, in use from 1869 for about ten years. Dawlish Warrennow comes into sight; the sand dunes are home to a nature reserve where many wading and sea birds can be seen. The railway line opens out into four lines at Dawlish Warren railway station, where the platforms are alongside loop lines that allow fast trains to overtake stopping services.
On the left is the beach and seaside amusements; on the right are some
camping coaches in the old goods yard. The railway now comes onto the Sea Wall which it shares with a footpath, although it quickly enters the short and deep cutting at Langstone Rock where we see the distinctive local red sandstone cliffs for the first time. Emerging above the beach, views can be had across the sea towards Torbay.
Dawlish railway station, Coastguard's Cottage is on the right. Although now a cafe, this building was used by the railway during its construction and then sold to the coastguard; their boat house is below the footbridge. The town can be seen off to the right from Colonnade Viaduct at the other end of the station.
The footpath along the Sea Wall now ends and the line enters its first tunnel, the convert|265|yd|m|0 Kennaway Tunnelcite book| last = Cooke| first = RA| title = Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR and BR WR, Section 14: South Devon| publisher = RA Cooke| date = 1984| location = Harwell] beneath Lea Mount, beyond which is Coryton beach and then convert|227|yd|m|0 Coryton tunnel. The next beach is the private Shell Cove and then the railway passes through convert|49|yd|m|0 Phillot Tunnel and convert|58|yd|m|0 Clerk's Tunnel, emerging onto a section of sea wall at Breeches Rock before diving into convert|513|yd|m|0 Parson's Tunnel beneath Hole Head. The last two tunnels are named after the Parson and Clerk Rocks, two stacks in the sea off Hole Head. When the tunnel was dug the workers cut into a smugglers tunnel which ran from a hidden entrance above the cliff down to a secluded cove.
Beyond Parson's Tunnel is a short
viaductacross Smugglers Lane and then the footpath resumes alongside the line for the final stretch of the Sea Wall past Sprey Point to the cutting at Teignmouth Eastcliff. On the right side of the railway near Sprey Point can be seen the remains of a lime kilnused during the construction of the line.
The railway passes through to
Teignmouth railway stationthen continues through a cutting to emerge behind the busy Teignmouth Harbour, after which the railway resumes its course alongside the water, now the River Teign. The cuttings on both sides of the station were originally tunnels and were opened out between 1879 and 1884. The railway passes under the long ShaldonBridge and then follows the river past the small promontories at Flow Point, Red Rock, and Summer House, opposite which can be seen the waterside inn at Coombe Cellars.
After leaving the riverside the line crosses Hackney Marshes and passes between the railway sidings at Hackney Yard (left), and the
race courseand former Moretonhampstead branch (right). The industrial area to the left of Newton Abbot railway stationis the site of the South Devon Railway locomotive workshops – the older stone buildings are the only surviving railway buildings.
Newton Abbot to Plymouth
Newton Abbot– Totnes– Ivybridge– Plymouth"
Just outside Newton Abbot a line branches off on the left but continues to run alongside the main line. This is the
Riviera Lineto Paignton and the two routes part company at Aller Junction when our main line curves to the right to start the climb up past Stoneycombe Quarry to DaintonTunnel. The line from Exeter to Plymouth was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunelas an atmospheric railwaywhich allowed steeper gradients, sharper curves, and lighter structures. Atmospheric trains never ran beyond Newton Abbot but the legacy of the aborted scheme means that line speeds on towards Plymouth are lower than elsewhere on the route.
Once through Dainton Tunnel the line drops down past pretty
Littlehempstoneand shortly the South Devon Railway, a heritage railway, can be seen on the right . Our line immediately crosses over the River Dartand arrives at Totnes railway station, which has passing loops to allow slower trains to be overtaken. Behind the right-hand platform can be seen a dairy which is built around the old atmospheric engine house.
The steep climb up
RatteryBank starts right from the end of the platform, a steep challenge in former days to trains that called at Totnes. At the top is Rattery Viaduct and the convert|869|yd|m|0 Marley Tunnel. The original single-track tunnel had a second bore added alongside it in 1893 when the line was doubled. The line is now running along the southern edge of Dartmoor. Brent railway stationwas once the junction for the Kingsbridge branch linewhich joined our route in the cutting just before the station. Curving to the left the line passes over the convert|57|yd|m|0 Brent Mill Viaduct and then the convert|163|yd|m|0 Glazebrook Viaduct.
After passing through the convert|47|yd|m|0 Wrangaton Tunnel the line passes through the remains of
Wrangaton railway station; Monksmoor Siding on the right used to serve a naval stores depot. Just beyond the site of Bittaford Platform is the convert|132|yd|m|0 Bittaford Viaduct. The industrial buildings on the right were built as china clay dries where clay dug on Dartmoor was treated; the Redlake Tramwaywas built alongside the pipeline that carried the liquid clay.
The line now comes to
Ivybridge railway station. The platforms here are staggered with the one on the left nearer Totnes than the one on the right. This station only opened in 1994; the original station closed in 1965 and was on the far side of the curving convert|229|yd|m|0 Ivybridge Viaduct where an old goods shedcan be seen on the left. More curves bring us to the convert|309|yd|m|0 Blatchford Viaduct and then the old Cornwood railway stationwhere George Hennet's station house can be seen in the trees on the right.
convert|275|yd|m|0 Slade Viaduct brings us to the top of Hemerdon Bank, the steepest climb for trains heading towards Newton Abbot. A fast run down the bank brings us to the site of
Plympton railway station, which is hard to spot among modern housing on the left, and then Tavistock Junction. The large goods yard here includes a maintenance shed for on-track equipment and a connection to the china clay drier at Marsh Mills. This is on the former South Devon and Tavistock Railwayalthough the junction originally faced Plymouth. [cite book| last = Anthony| first = GH| coauthors = Jenkins, SC| title = The Launceston Branch| publisher = Oakwood Press| date = 1997| location = Headington| id = ISBN 0-853614-91-3]
The line swings left under the Marsh Mills Viaduct of the
A38 roadand then runs alongside the tidal estuary of the River Plymon the left, with the grounds of Saltram Houseat Plymstockon the far bank. Underneath the Embankment Road bridge which carries the A38 over the line again and Laira TMDis seen, also on the left. Laira maintains First Great Western's High Speed Trains in Devon. A triangle of lines takes a freight route down to the Plymouthwaterfront via the closed Friary station, which was the terminus for trains on the rival route from London Waterloo station.
Passing through the short Mutley Tunnel, trains emerge past the Plymouth Eye Hospital (right) into
Plymouth railway station. This was originally known as North Road Station as trains continued beyond it to Plymouth Millbay.
The routecite web| title =Network Rail Business Plan 2007: Route 12| publisher =Network Rail| url =http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/BusinessPlan2007/PDF/Route%2012%20Reading%20to%20Penzance.pdf| format =
Cogload Junctionand 6 minutes west of Newton Abbot. Signalling is by multiple-aspect signals controlled from Reading, Westbury, Exeter, and Plymouth. Most of these are three aspect, but some sections of two- or four- aspect signalling also exist.
Network RailBusiness Plan recognises that the heaviest traffic flows are on the section through Newbury where there is a large commuter traffic to London. The main pinch point is between Reading West and Southcote Junction where the route is shared with trains to and from Basingstoke and south coast ports. It is forecast that demand for journeys towards London can be met up to 2016 by increased service levels; three trains each hour will be needed to the west of England. By 2026 seating demand is forecast to be in excess of capacity from as far west as Westbury, and by as much as 14%. There are also significant current traffic levels and predicted growth on local services around Exeter.
To cope with these increased levels of traffic, Network Rail would like to implement works at Reading to reduce the conflicts between trains on different routes, and to reduce the distances between signals west of Newton Abbot. Other aspirations are to make the down loop at Newbury Racecourse reversible to improve train handling on race days; the extension of the turnback siding at Bedwyn to accommodate six-car
DMUs; increase line speed as far as Cogload Junction; a third track from there and direct access to the northern bay platform at Taunton; allow tilting trains to operate in tilting mode west of Newton Abbot where the curvature severely restricts speeds for conventional trains.
The majority of services on the route are operated by
First Great Western. These services include the high speed trains from London Paddington to Penzance, Plymouth or Paignton. Some of these services travel through Reading and Bristol to join the line at Taunton. Other HST services operate from Paddington to Exeter, although some terminate at Westbury or Frome. The operator also provides local services along much of the line, including those between Reading and Bedwyn; Westbury and Castle Cary; and Exeter to Plymouth. CrossCountryservices operate between Taunton and Plymouth. These services travel north from Taunton through Bristol Temple Meads to either North East England/Scotland or North West England; some continue westwards beyond Plymouth. [cite web |title = National Rail Timetable 51 (Winter 2007)|publisher= Network Rail|url = http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/eNRT/Dec07/timetables/Table51.pdf|format= South West Trainsoperate some services between Exeter and Plymouth. Reading and Westbury are also served by this operator on other routes.
*cite book| last = Beck| first = Keith| coauthor = Copsey, John| title = The Great Western in South Devon| publisher = Wild Swan Publication| date = 1990| location = Didcot| id = ISBN 0-906867-90-8
*cite book| last = Great Western Railway| title = Through the Window. Number 1 – Paddington to Penzance| publisher = Great Western Railway| date = 1924| location = London
*cite web| last =Hesp| first =Martin| title =My magnificent rail journey| work =Western Morning News| publisher =Western Morning News|url=http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/magnificent-rail-journey/article-209062-detail/article.html| date =2008| doi =2008-07-07| accessdate = 2008-07-14
Disused railway stations (Bristol to Exeter Line)
Disused railway stations (Exeter to Plymouth Line)
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