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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: May 25, 2018
Webpage updated: January 27, 2022

        

RAILWAYS IN OLD PLYMOUTH  |  PRINCETOWN BRANCH
BRANCH LINE, YELVERTON STATION TO PRINCETOWN STATION

BURRATOR AND SHEEPSTOR HALT

Burrator and Sheepstor Platform, at 2 miles  72 chains mile post mileage from Yelverton, was opened by the Great Western Railway Company on Monday February 4th 1924 purely for the benefit of men working on the raising of the Burrator and Sheepstor Dams at Burrator Reservoir.

Burrator and Sheepstor Halt nameboard.
From the author's collection.

In the morning a workmen's train left Princetown Station at 6.27am for Dousland and Yelverton and then, after collecting workmen from Messrs Pethick Brothers Limited off the 6.20am from Plymouth Station (Millbay), left Yelverton Station at 6.58am, stopping additionally at Burrator and Sheepstor Platform at 7.05am to set them down.  On Mondays to Fridays the 4.05pm from Princetown called at Burrator at 4.30pm to pick them up again for the homeward journey.  They also worked on Saturday mornings, when the 12.25pm from Princetown would stop at 12.50pm to collect them and the later train would then not stop.

From Thursday November 6th 1924 this practice was changed.  The early morning trains now only ran on Monday mornings.  In the evenings the 4.05pm from Princetown Station no longer called at the Platform but the return journey, the 4.55pm from Yelverton Station did stop.  For the remainder of the week the 7.38am from Princetown conveyed the workmen to Burrator.  This arrangement suggests that the workmen were being accommodated at Princetown during the week and only returned home to Plymouth after the Saturday morning shift.

Burrator and Sheepstor Platform was opened to the general public as from Monday May 18th 1925 and was served by trains during daylight hours only.  It may  have been at this date that it became Burrator and Sheepstor Halt.

According to "The Official Hand-book of Stations 1938" Burrator Tor Halt handled passenger traffic only: no parcels or miscellaneous items were dealt with.  The sale of tickets by the guard to passengers who joined trains at Burrator and Sheepstor Halt were included with the figures of Princetown Station not Dousland Station.

On the last day of operation, March 3rd 1956,one of the last trains is seen near Burrator and Sheepstor Halt.
Lens of Sutton.