- Torre railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Torre
code = TRR
First Great Western
platforms = 2
latitude = 50.47338
longitude = -3.54678
original = South Devon Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway
years = Opened
events = 1848
years1 = Renamed
events1 = 1859
lowusage0203 = 138,305
lowusage0405 = 153,214
lowusage0506 = 150,974
lowusage0607 = 139,572
Torre station is a suburban station on the
Riviera Linein Torquay, Devon, England. The station is operated by First Great Westernbut is not staffed; except for one evening train it is only served by local services.
broad gaugebranch was opened by the South Devon Railway from Newton Abbot on 18 December 1848, this station being the terminus and known as Torquay. [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] This line was extended by the Dartmouth and Torbay Railwayon 2 August 1859, which opened the present Torquay railway stationat Livermead so the original station was renamed "Torre".cite book | last = Potts | first = C R | title = The Newton Abbot to Kingswear Railway (1844 - 1988) | publisher = Oakwood Press | date = 1998 | location = Oxford | id = ISBN 0-85361-387-7]
The station had a small extension to the single platform and a
train shedbuilt in 1855but with the opening of the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway, a new platform had to be provided. The original station can still be seen standing alongside the track just north of the platform.
Goods traffic was handled from October 1849. The goods yard was originally at the west end of the station. The original
goods shedwas destroyed by fire in 1857 and eventually replaced in 1865 by a stone building alongside the railway on the Newton Abbot side of the station. [cite journal | last = Sheppard | first = Geof | title = Goods Traffic at Torre | journal = Broadsheet | issue = 53 | pages = 4–11 | publisher = Broad Gauge Society | date = 2005] A coal yard was built on the west side of the station.
The South Devon Railway amalgamated with the
Great Western Railwayon 1 February 1876. The railway had originally been just a single track, but on 26 March 1882the line to the north was doubled and a second platform opened. On 20 May 1892the line was converted to RailGauge|ussg standard gauge.
The first signal box was opened in 1883 at the London end of the northbound platform. This was replaced in 1921 by a new three-storey building on that platform. The original signalling used just 16 levers; the new box contained 42.cite book| last = Oakley| first = Mike| title = Devon Railway Stations| publisher = The Dovecote Press| date = 2007| location = Wimbourne| id = ISBN 1-904349-55-6]
The Great Western Railway was nationalised into
British Railwayson 1 January 1948. The buildings on the second platform were demolished in the 1960s and replaced by a simple brick-built shelter. Goods traffic was withdrawn on 4 December 1967.
On the afternoon of
17 June 1946a passenger train from London Paddington stationto Paignton collided with the rear of a freight train that was stationary north of Torre station. The signalman had made an error in setting the line as clear and so the passenger train had been allowed to leave Kingskwerswell thinking the line was clear. Both lines were blocked and over 3,000 passengers had to be carried by bus between Newton Abbot and Torre.
Another collision happened on
26 April 1958when a passenger train approaching from Newton Abbot passed through two danger signals and collided with a freight train that was shunting in the station.
The station is situated in Newton Road (the road from Torquay to
Newton Abbot, just above the traffic lights where Avenue Road joins it.
To the left of the station entrance is a Halfords store which is built on the cramped site of the first goods shed which burnt down in 1857. To the right is the original terminus building of the line from Newton Abbot which is now used by an electrical manufacturer and, beyond that, the 1865 stone goods shed is now a joinery workshop. The second station building is used by a furniture shop which has extended onto the platform by building a concrete block wall in line with the pillars of the canopy.
The entrance passageway through this building opens onto the platform for trains towards Paignton. Access to the opposite platform is by way of a covered footbridge and it is on this platform that the tall but disused signal box stands. Chapel Hill rises behind this platform .
Torre is served by
First Great Westernlocal trains in both directions on an approximately hourly basis during the day. Most trains run between Exmouth and Paignton; on Sundays the service is less frequent and most trains only run between Exeter St Davids and Paignton. [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= South West Trainsservice from London Waterloo stationthat calls in the evening.
Torquay engine house
The South Devon Railway was designed to be worked as an
atmospheric railway, the trains propelled by stationary engines that created a vacuum in a pipe laid between the rails. An engine house was built a short distance to the north of the Torquay terminus that would have powered trains up the 1 in 75 (13%) gradient from the station, but it was never brought into use and conventional locomotives worked the trains instead.
The building still stands in Torquay Road near the Lidl supermarket(atcoord|50.4854|N|3.5541|W|type:landmark_region:GB). It was used for many years by the Longpark Pottery but is currently a fruit and vegetable warehouse. It can be glimpsed above the cutting on the right of trains approaching Torre from Newton Abbot.
*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 = Cooke| first = RA| title = Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR and BR WR, Section 14: South Devon| publisher = RA Cooke| date = 1984| location = Harwell
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