OLD PLYMOUTH . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: June 01, 2017.
Webpage updated: June 01, 2017

        

RAILWAYS IN OLD PLYMOUTH  |  GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY

LAUNCESTON BRANCH

On February 1st 1876 the Great Western Railway Company took a 999 years lease on the South Devon Railway Company's Launceston Branch, which had been opened in two parts: Plymouth to Tavistock in 1865 and Tavistock to Launceston in 1869.

The Great Western Railway Company opened several new stopping places for the benefit of the public.  Plym Bridge Halt was opened on May 1st 1906 followed by Whitchurch Down Platform, just south of Tavistock, on September 1st 1906.  On August 21st 1907 Shaugh Bridge Platform, for the Dewerstone Rock, was opened.  Two decades later Clearbrook Halt was opened on October 29th 1928.  Finally, on April 4th 1938, came Liddaton Halt, between Lydford and Coryton. 

As from January 1st 1948, following nationalization of the railways, the line became the British Railways Launceston Branch.