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/Travel | , ,


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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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  5. What is the business plan for this and is it a viable propasition?

    Comment by Michael Green | January 28, 2021 | Reply

  6. It is just a proposal at the moment and bidding for Government money to do a full study, which would include a business case.

    My feeling is that new technological developments may be favourable to this proposal.

    What is your interest?

    Comment by AnonW | January 28, 2021 | Reply

  7. This is nonsense, those pushing this have already been encouraging trespass across farmers in order to visit the tunnel between Kingsbrdge and Loddiswell. This tunnel has not been in use for 50 odd years, its in disrepair, its a dangerous place to be, there are many protected species that have made the tunnel their home and the cost of rebuilding and making it sound would be prohibitive; added to that the sheer idiocy of some who think its fine to just wander through farms and encourage it; that notwithstanding of course you’re going to need permissions from farmers and private individuals to go across their land which you aren’t going to get, despite the efforts of some Totnes councillors to suggest otherwise. This is white elephant, besides the area needs to reduce tourism not increase.

    Comment by Harvey | February 11, 2021 | Reply

  8. I take your points, but it was on the list of possible reopening.

    I don’t know whose idea it was but Network Rail could be responsible for the tunnel. So establishing a rail service could be a way of finding some money to get the tunnel made safe.

    Certainly, some of the projects on the list would have been to Network Rail’s advantage! There’s a small chance, this could be another.

    Or it could be, the local MP is a rail enthusiast.

    Comment by AnonW | February 11, 2021 | Reply

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