OLD PLYMOUTH . UK
Plus parts of the South Hams and West Devon
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: January 24, 2018
Webpage updated: January 23, 2022

        

RAILWAYS IN OLD PLYMOUTH  |  MAIN LINE, BRENT STATION TO PLYMOUTH STATION (MILLBAY)

BRENT STATION

General view looking west of Brent Station and Brent Signal Box,
with the goods shed just visible on the  left.
  Lens of Sutton.

Brent Station was recorded in 1955 as being 229 miles 54 chains milepost mileage from London Paddington Station via Bristol Temple Meads Station, the original route of the Great Western Railway.  The ruling gradient approaching Brent Station was 1 in 131 rising and continued towards Wrangaton Station at 1 in 117 rising.  The speed of all Down and ^Up trains was restricted to 50 miles per hour between 229 miles 50 chains and the 230 milepost (and ^vice versa), through Brent Station.

An Up Great Western Railway stopping train pauses at Brent Station.
Lens of Sutton.

The South Devon Railway between Totnes Station and Laira Green Temporary Station on the outskirts of Plymouth, including Brent Station, was officially opened to both passenger and goods traffic on May 5th 1848.  It was single line as far as Hemerdon Junction, except at the stations.

An early view of Brent Station with a Kingsbridge Branch train in the branch platform.
Note the open area outside the station building on the right.
From the author's collection.

The line between Brent Station and Wrangaton Station was doubled by the Great Western Railway Company and opened to traffic on October 8th 1893.

The GWR branch train to Kingsbridge is waiting to depart so the staff pose for their photo to be taken.
Lens of Sutton.

Brent Station became the junction for the Kingsbridge Branch on December 19th 1893.

According to the Great Western Railway Company's official "Traffic Dealt with at Stations and Depots", published circa 1936, in the calendar year 1903 Brent Station issued 30,204 railway tickets for both the main line and Kingsbridge branch, dealt with 351 parcels and took in total income 4,663.  These figures increased during the calndar year of 1913 with Brent Station issuing 31,013 railway tickets, handling 373 parcels and taking in 5,759.

During the calendar year 1923 Brent Station issued 30,880 railway tickets plus 210 season tickets, dealt with 395 parcels and took in receipts of 8, 252.  However, the calendar year 19219 saw a drop in all categories: only 7,050 railway tickets and 211 season tickets were issued, only 235 parcels dealt with and only 6,745 taken in receipts.

Locomotive 7820 leaves Brent Station with a train to Newton Abbot,
while on the left a 45XX-class tank engine waits with a train to Kingsbridge.
the late Mr Peter W Gray.

On Weekdays and Sundays, 'where train service permits', commencing on May 1st 1953, the following cheap day return tickets, first and third class, were available from Brent Station to: Dawlish, 8 shillings (s) 1st, 5 shillings (s) 3 pence (d) 3rd; Dawlish Warren, 8s 9d 1st, 5s 9d 3rd; Devonport Albert Road, 6s 1st, 4s 3rd; Keyham, 6s 6d 1st, 4s 3d 3rd; Kingsbridge, 4s 6d 1st, 3s 3rd; Newton Abbot, 5s 3d 1st, 3s 6d 3rd; Paignton, 8s 1st, 5s 3d 3rd; Plymouth North Road Station, 5s 9d 1st, 3s 9d 3rd; Plympton, 4s 6d 1st, 3s 3rd; Saint Budeaux Ferry Road, 6s 9d 1st, 4s 6d 3rd; Saltash, 7s 1st, 4s 9d 3rd; Teignmouth, 7s 1st, 4s 9d 3rd; Torquay, 7s 6d 1st, 5s 3rd; and Totnes, 2s 6d 1st, 1s 8d 3rd.

According to the "The Official Hand-book of Station 1956" Brent Station dealt with goods traffic, passengers, parcels, miscellaneous traffic, furniture vans, carriages, motor cars, portable engines and machines on wheels, live stock, horse boxes, prize cattle vans, and carriages and motor cars by passenger or parcels trains.  It was equipped with a crane capable of lifting 1 ton 10 hundredweight (cwt).

Brent Station was closed to goods traffic on and as from April 6th 1964 and to passenger traffic on and as from October 5th 1964.