1 Yelverton Trolley Shed

The shed at Yelverton was thought to be the only one of which anything remained. It was photographed in 2012 with the kind permission of Lady Kitson, who also allowed the scout to measure it and take some parts.

In 1961, an auto-train departs Yelverton for Plymouth. The trolley shed can be seen at far left, in front of the signalbox. Copyright: Mike Roach. +
A “Prairie” tank draws its train into the Down platform at Yelverton in November, 1962.
The trolley shed is just off camera at right. The timbers in front of the shed enabled trolleys to be placed on the main line; the box by this time was closed and the siding connection must have been clipped or spiked out of use. Copyright: Mike Roach. +
This is what happens when you stop clipping a laurel hedge. Was it planted alongside the Princetown line at Yelverton to give some privacy to Elfordtown, the house in whose grounds the station was built and to which ownership returned upon closure? The accommodation bridge at the Horrabridge end of the station linked the severed estate.

In contemporary photographs of the Princetown platform at Yelverton, a neat laurel hedge can be seen beside the track. Being a coloniser, the untended laurel has suppressed almost all else, enabling many little finds, including footplate equipment and the prostrate concrete starting signal post. ​The most remarkable discovery was a 24V carriage light bulb which had the G.W.R. roundel marked very faintly on the opal globe. It must have lain where it was since a man changed one and tossed the dud out through a window. The find was given to the Great Western Society.

And here is the Yelverton shed re-erected at Christow. Actually, the shed at Yelverton had three roads, whereas this one has two roads and a store. It is not known whether the Princetown trolley was shedded at Yelverton.

The repair of the Yelverton shed is covered fully under “Production.”

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