The Anonymous Widower

From Exeter To Paignton

When I got to Paddington in the morning, I found that my 10:00 train to Exeter St. Davids was going on to finish its journey at the resort of Paignton.

So as I had a few minutes, I bought myself a Devon Day Ranger ticket, from the Ticket Office at Paddington. It cost me £6.60 and meant I could start my Devon expoloration without wasting time buying a ticket in the county.

I took these pictures of my trip to Paignton.

These are some thoughts on what I saw and did.

Paignton

This Google Map shows Paignton station and the road I walked down to the sea-front.

I remember that when I came in 1966, I took an open-topped bus To Brixham and back. It was a new Leyland Atlantean and it doubled as a tourist bus and local transport. In the winter they put a top on the bus.

I wonder, if they still do the same in Torbay.

The Starcross And Exmouth Ferry

There is a ferry between Starcross station and Exmouth.

Edginswell Station

Wikipedia has an entry for a new Edginswell station.

This is said.

Edginswell railway station is a proposed station in the Edginswell area of Torquay, Devon. The station would be located on the Riviera Line between Newton Abbot and Torre stations. Edginswell will be the location of employment and housing development and the new station will support this development. The station would also serve Torbay Hospital, The Willows retail park and the Torquay Gateway development area.

Plans for the station are being developed by Network Rail and Devon County Council.

Sounds good!

The Dartmouth Steam Railway

Paignton station is also the terminus of the Dartmouth Steam Railway, which goes a distance of nearly seven miles to Kingswear station for a ferry to Dartmouth.

When I visited in 1966, it would have still been part of British Rail.

Mainline rail tours still run between the National Rail network and the Dartmouth Steam Railway to travel down to Kingswear.

Developing The Riviera Line

The whole railway from Exeter to Paignton via Newton Abbott is called the Riviera Line and after the blockage of Winter 2014 at Dawlish and the subsequent rebuilding, the difficult bits are probably in the best condition that engineers could achieve.

Trains along the line from Exeter to Paignton are approximately half-hourly, but I do wonder if from Newton Abbott to Paignton more trains could be run in perhaps the summer months or at weekends.

But surely this biggest plan is this listed under Plans, in the Wikipedia entry for the Riviera Line. This is said.

In 2009 the Association of Train Operating Companies identified Brixham as one of fourteen towns for which the provision of a new railway service would have a positive benefit-cost ratio. This would be an extension of the Great Western Railway service beyond Paignton to Churston station on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, which would then act as a railhead for Brixham. It would also serve other housing developments in the area since the opening of the steam railway, and may require the doubling of that line between Paignton and Goodrington Sands.

This Google Map shows the Goodrington Sands and Churston stations in relation to Brixham and Berry Head.

 

The stations are on the Western edge of the map, with Goodrington Sands at the North.

The ATOC report was written in 2009 and since then railway technology and attitudes have moved on.

  • Signalling has improved, so mixing heritage services with schedule ones, isn’t as difficult as it used to be.
  • Health and Safety have now developed rules that are based on risk and are less draconian.
  • Train operating companies and heritage railways work together much better and realise that they’re all part of the same network and one company’s passenger is often another company’s too!

But the biggest development is trains that are used on the national network, that don’t look out of place on a heritage railway.

  • Paignton is served by InterCity 125 trains. Could these be extended to Churston, as perhaps a short four-car formation?
  • The unparalleled Mark 3 coach will soon be available in short rakes to be hauled by vintage diesel and steam locomotives.
  • Some of the older diesel multiple units like Class 150 trains, could become available.
  • There is also two rebuilt electro-diesel units; the Class 319 Flex and the Class 230.trains.
  • Battery train technology would also be a serious option.

Rolling stock will not be a problem.

I would think, that if there was a proper meeting in a local hostelry, that the outcome could be that there was a local service of four trains per hour between Goodrington Sands to Exeter.

 

 

 

 

April 5, 2017 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

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