In the first volume, we explored the branch lines in the southern, central and eastern parts of the county. This latest DVD explores the old branch lines of North & West Devon, including an evocative visit to Dartmoor and a special feature on the Plymouth area. The story is enhanced by stunning modern film as well as rare archive photographs and footage. It also includes interviews with people who have created successful heritage lines from what was left of the old system, with visits to the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, the Plym Valley Railway and the Dartmoor Railway.
Happily, some of the old branch lines are still in service today, such as the attractive Tamar Valley Line, which ventures from Plymouth, across the beautiful Calstock Viaduct and ends up at Gunnislake in Cornwall; and the Tarka Line, which calls at a number of charming old-world country stations as it journeys from Exeter to Barnstaple. Other branch lines featured include Brent to Kingsbridge, Tavistock Junction to Launceston, the Yealmpton branch and Venn Cross to Barnstaple. In addition, a tour of the county’s beautiful north coast includes a tribute to the fondly remembered Barnstaple & Ilfracombe Railway, which was so busy that it was upgraded to main line status for over half its life.
This is an unmissable journey for railway enthusiasts everywhere!