OLD PLYMOUTH . UK
Plus parts of the South Hams and West Devon
www.oldplymouth.uk
 

  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: April 25, 2018
Webpage updated: May 26, 2018

        

RAILWAYS IN OLD PLYMOUTH  |  SOUTH DEVON AND TAVISTOCK RAILWAY COMPANY
LAUNCESTON BRANCH

BRANCH LINE, PLYMOUTH STATION (MILLBAY) TO LAUNCESTON STATION

For more information about the Engines Sheds, Goods Depots or Yards, Ground Frames, Halts, Junctions, Platforms, Sidings, Signal Boxes, Signalling, Stations, Tunnels, and Viaducts along the branch line between Plymouth Station (Millbay) and Launceston Station click on the links provided below.

It describes the situation  in 1955.  Stations which were still in use in 1955 are in CAPITAL LETTERS and signal boxes (signalling block posts) still in use at that time are in bold lower case lettering.  Where they both appear together then the signal box was on the station platform.  Mile Post mileage is from Tavistock Junction.

All items refer to the Down direction (i.e. Plymouth Station (Millbay) to Tavistock and Launceston) except where indicated by ^ sign, which indicates it only refers to the Up Direction towards Plymouth Station (Millbay).

The speed limit on the Branch was 40 miles per hour.

 
00 miles 00 chains PLYMOUTH STATION (Millbay)
   
  Plymouth Mill Bay Signal Box
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  Site of King Street Signal Box or Ground Frame. (246 miles 47 chains)
   
  Site of Plymouth Engine Shed
   
  Site of Harwell Street Ground Frame or Signal Box.
Controlled exit from and entrance to the old Plymouth Engine Shed.
   
  Plymouth Great Western Docks Junction. (246 miles 31 chains)
   
  Cornwall Junction Signal Box
246 miles 26 chains
   
  North Road West Signal Box
   
  NORTH ROAD PLYMOUTH STATION
68 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 61 rising.
^34 miles 53 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 72 rising.
   
  North Road East Signal Box
   
  Site of Mutley Station and Mutley Signal Box
   
  Mutley Tunnel
   
  Mannamead Signal Box
   
 

Site of Lipson Vale Halt

   
  Lipson Junction and Lipson Junction Signal Box
   
  Site of Laira Halt
   
  Laira Junction Signal Box and Laira Junction
2 miles 63 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 72 falling.
^32 miles 58 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 143 rising.
   
MILEPOST MILEAGE FROM TAVISTOCK JUNCTION  
00 miles 00 chains Tavistock Junction and Tavistock Junction Signal Box
3 miles 54 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 143 rising.
^31 miles 64 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 200 falling.
   
00 miles 18 chains MARSH MILLS STATION and Marsh Mills Signal Box
3 miles 73 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay), ruling gradient 1 in 200 rising.
^31 miles 46 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 97 falling.
   
1 miles 11 chains Lee Moor Crossing Signal Box
4 miles 65 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 97 rising.
^30 miles 53 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 132 falling.
   
1 miles 39 chains PLYM BRIDGE PLATFORM
5 miles 13 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 132 rising.
^30 miles 25 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 60 falling.
   
  Cann  Viaduct
   
  Riverford Viaduct
   
  ^Stop Board
^27 miles 66 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 58 falling.
   
  Bickleigh Viaduct
   
4 miles 09 chains Bickleigh Signal Box and BICKLEIGH STATION
7 miles 63 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 60 rising.
^27 miles 55 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 58 falling.
   
  Ham Green Viaduct
   
4 mile 79 chains SHAUGH BRIDGE PLATFORM
8 miles 53 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 58 rising.
^26 miles 65 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 58 falling.
   
  Shaugh Tunnel
   
6 miles 25 chains CLEARBROOK HALT
9 miles 79 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 58 rising.
^25 miles 39 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 60 falling.
   
  ^Stop Board
^24 miles 35 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 60 falling.
   
7 miles 35 chains Yelverton Signal Box
   
7 miles 37 chains YELVERTON STATION
11 miles 11 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 60 rising.
Junction for the Princetown Branch.
^24 miles 27 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 60 rising.
   
7 miles 41 chains Stop Board
11 miles 16 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient level.
   
  Yelverton Tunnel
   
8 miles 77 chains HORRABRIDGE STATION and Horrabridge Signal Box
12 miles 51 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 60 falling.
^22 miles 67 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 60 rising.
   
  Magpie Viaduct
   
  Walkham Viaduct
   
  Grenofen Tunnel
   
11 miles 65 chains WHITCHURCH DOWN PLATFORM
15 miles 39 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 60 falling.
^19 miles 79 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 64 rising.
   
12 miles  66 chains Site of former Tavistock "B" Signal Box
   
12 miles 69 chains Tavistock South Signal Box
   
12 miles 71 chains TAVISTOCK SOUTH STATION
16 miles 45 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 64 falling.
^18 miles 73 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 89 falling.
   
12 miles 72 chains Site of former Tavistock "A" Signal Box
   
14 miles 33 chains Wilminstone Quarry Sidings
18 miles 7 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 89 rising.
^17 miles 31 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 66 falling.
   
16 miles 23 chains MARY TAVY AND BLACKDOWN HALT
19 miles 77 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 66 rising.
^15 miles 41 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 64 falling.
   
16 miles 24 chains Site of Marytavy Signal Box
   
  Site of former GWRC Lydford Signal Box
   
19 miles 43 chains LYDFORD STATION (SDR/GWR/BRWR) and Lydford Signal Box SR/GWR/BR
23 miles 27 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 64 rising.
^12 miles 21 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 55 rising.
   
20 miles 46 chains Stop Board
23 miles 20 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling  gradient 1 in 57 falling.
   
22 miles 35 chains LIDDATON HALT
26 miles 9 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 55 falling.
^9 miles 29 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 55 rising.
   
23 miles 76 chains CORYTON STATION
27 miles 50 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 55 falling.
^7 miles 68 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 140 rising.
   
27 miles 11 chains Lifton Signal Box
   
27 miles 14 chains LIFTON STATION
30 miles 68 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 40 falling.
^4 miles 50 chains from Launceston Station; ruling gradient 1 in 126 falling.
   
31 miles 64 chains LAUNCESTON STATION
35 miles 38 chains from Plymouth Station (Millbay); ruling gradient 1 in 126 rising.
   
31 miles 66 chains Launceston Signal Box
   

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