OLD PLYMOUTH . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: May 20, 2018
Webpage updated: December 22, 2021

        

RAILWAYS IN OLD PLYMOUTH  |  LAUNCESTON BRANCH
BRANCH LINE, PLYMOUTH STATION (MILLBAY) TO LAUNCESTON STATION

HORRABRIDGE STATION

An Up branch train arriving at Horrabridge Station, possibly in the 1920s.
From Author's Collection.

Horrabridge Station was opened at 8 miles 77 chains mile post mileage from Tavistock Junction by the South Devon and Tavistock Railway Company on June 22nd 1859.  At that time it was the only stopping place and the only passing place between Bickleigh Station and Tavistock Station.  Horrabridge Signal Box was added in 1875 and in the following year the trains of the London and South Western Railway Company stopped here as well as those of the Great Western Railway Company, thanks to the running rights secured by the former Company over the latter's Launceston Branch south of Lydford Station.

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 Horrabridge Station to: Coryton, 5 shillings (s) 3 pence (d) 1st, 3s 6d 3rd; Devonport Albert Road, 4s 9d 1st, 3s 3d 3rd; Keyham, 4s 9d 1st, 3s 3d 3rd; Launceston, 7s 9d 1st, 5s 3d 3rd; Lifton, 6s 6d 1st, 4s 3d 3rd; Lydford BRWR, 3s 9d 1st, 2s 6d 3rd; Plymouth North Road Station, 4s 1st, 2s 9d 3rd; Princetown, 4s 1st, 2s 9d 3rd; Saint Budeaux Ferry Road, 5s 3d 1st, 3s 6d 3rd; Saltash, 5s 9d 1st, 3s 9d 3rd; Shaugh Bridge Platform, 1s 5d 1st, 11d, 3rd; and Tavistock South, 1s 5d 1st, 11d 3rd.

According to the "The Official Hand-book of Station 1956" Horrabridge Station dealt with goods traffic, passengers, parcels, miscellaneous traffic, horse boxes, and prize cattle vans.  It was equipped with a crane capable of lifting 6 tons.

The Station was closed on and as from December 31st 1962, when the entire Launceston Branch was closed.