Author:   John Owen

Published:   2000
Edition:   Hardback
Pages:   176
Genre:   Great Western Railway (GWR)

Status:   In Stock


The Moretonhampstead Branch by John Owen. A detailed history of the 12-mile branch from Newton Abbot in Devon across the Teign estuary and up the steeply graded section of 1 in 49 to the terminus at Moretonhampstead. The first section of the line was on relatively level track, but the last six miles had to climb some 450 feet in just six miles. Very much a branch line from ‘shore to moor’. The Moretonhampstead branch closed to passenger traffic in 1959.

Part one of this book examines the history and operation of the line, including details of the route, the services, locomotive and rolling stock and signalling. Part two looks at individual stations in more detail. This book has nearly 200 photographs within its 17 chapters and has several colour photographs from the unique Peter Gray collection.

Plans of the line and of its stations are incorporated into this fascinating history.