- Buckfastleigh, Totnes and South Devon Railway
Infobox rail|railroad_name=Buckfastleigh, Ashburton and South Devon Railway
gauge=7 ft 0¼ in
Great Western RailwayThe Buckfastleigh, Totnes and South Devon Railway built the broad gaugerailway line from Totnesto Buckfastleighand Ashburton in Devon, England.
The company gained its
Act of Parliamentin 1864, and a second Act in 1865allowed for an extension to Ashburton. Construction was a protracted affair, the line finally opening on 1 May 1872. It was worked from the outset by the larger South Devon Railway Companyuntil 1 February 1876when this was amalgamated into the Great Western Railway, who continued to operate the line.
The Buckfastleigh company was amalgamated into the Great Western Railway in
1897. This in turn was nationalised into British Railwayson 1 January 1948. The line closed to passengers in November 1958but goods traffic continued until 7 September 1962.
It was re-opened as the "Dart Valley Railway", a
heritage railway, on 5 April 1969, the opening ceremony being performed by Dr Richard Beeching. In 1971the line beyond Buckfastleigh was again closed and the A38 roadwas built on the route of the railway.
South Devon Railway Trusttook over the running of the line on 1 January 1991.
An extension from Totnes station to the Steamer Quay in the town centre was opened for goods traffic only on
10 November 1873. This section was closed in 1965.
Since becoming a heritage railway, a new
Totnes (Littlehempston) railway stationhas been opened to avoid the need for trains to run into the Network Railstation. A footbridge over the river links the two stations.
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