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45 Torquay Tramways

In his capacity as the railway’s Procurement Officer, the scout once went to view park and garden machinery being sold off by Torbay Borough Council from its yard in Westhill Avenue. This turned out to be the former tram depot, … Continue reading

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44 Crockernwell

More on turnpikes There are six turnings leading to South Zeal off the old A30, the first and last marking the extent of the turnpike bypass of the village. This is a road along which the scout has driven the … Continue reading

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43 Exe Valley Branch

The railway’s friend, Richard Holladay, kindly sent some photographs that he had taken from the window of an Exe Valley train when he was a lad, which must have been not long before the service was withdrawn, in October, 1963. … Continue reading

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42 Maintenance Depots

Viewing the new £40-million D.M.U. maintenance depot nearing completion at St. David’s brought back memories of Newton Abbot’s diesel depot, the ruins of which the scout scavenged. From the general purpose to the monofunctional The new work occupies the sites … Continue reading

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41 North Cornwall Refresher

When the utilicon worked to Holsworthy in November, the opportunity was taken to stop at some places on the Bude Branch (covered in Item 31 on the C.R.S. pages) and the scout resolved then to return to Halwill Junction in … Continue reading

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40 Sightings of the Utilicon/Autotruck

Variously referred to as the Utilicon or Autotruck, or other choice names, depending upon their running condition, the two “three-by-twos” owned by the railway have between them given nearly 40 years’ service. Utilicon may be derived from “utility conveyance” and … Continue reading

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39 Somerset & Dorset southern terminus – in Hampshire

Many “off duty” scoutings are not intended to produce stories and photos but often do yield subjects of railway or transport interest. There are some days, though, when a purpose is intended but the unusual opportunities that prompt the scout … Continue reading

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38 Not a means of stopping trains

According to the British Standards “Glossary of Building and Civil Engineering Terms,” stop block(s) is “deprecated;” the correct term is buffer stop, described as an “assembly provided at the end of a length of track to limit travel of vehicles.” … Continue reading

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37 Proof that the Teign Valley is set to reopen

A new 11kV overhead line was installed a few years ago across the Teign Valley formation at Horrowmore Farm, between Longdown and Christow. Strangely, it was done as if the railway had been still there or it were intended to … Continue reading

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36 Chenson

Taking the high road out of Crediton, the scout rode as far as Chenson No. 3 Crossing, before taking the bridleway through the woods from Chenson No. 2 to Hawkridge Cross. From there he returned via Nymet Rowland, Down St. … Continue reading

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