The Anonymous Widower

Beeching Reversal – Primrose Line

This is one of the Beeching Reversal projects that the Government and Network Rail are proposing to reverse some of the Beeching cuts.

This Google Map shows the area of South Devon, where the railway is proposed to be reopened.

And this diagram from Wikipedia shows the line.



  1. The railway runs between South Brent and Kingsbridge stations.
  2. It connected to the double-track Pymouth and Exeter Line.
  3. There were originally stations at Avonwick, Gara Bridge and Loddiswell.
  4. It was single track.
  5. It was twelve miles long.
  6. There was also a planned extension to Salcombe, that was never built.

The Connection At Brent Station

This Google Map shows the former position of Brent station.

There does appear to be plenty of space for two through platforms and one for the branch line on the South side of the main line.


I suspect that this route will probably be capable of being run by two or three of Vivarail’s Class 230 trains.


This looks a simple scheme, that could be worthwhile, for commuters  residents, shoppers and tourists.






July 23, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


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  2. My mum would love this (she lives in Plymouth)

    Comment by alicdoodle | August 6, 2020 | Reply

  3. Let your mother know! If she thinks it should go to Salcombe, let everybody know, including the MP!

    Comment by AnonW | August 6, 2020 | Reply

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