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

  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: April 03, 2018
Webpage updated: April 04, 2018

        

RAILWAYS IN OLD PLYMOUTH  |  SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY COMPANY
MAIN LINE, BRENT STATION TO PLYMOUTH TO PLYMOUTH STATION (MILLBAY)

LAIRA GREEN TEMPORARY STATION

When the South Devon Railway Company opened its line from Totnes Station the trains had to terminate at Laira Green Temporary Station because the line was not yet completed into Plymouth.  The site, on the north-eastern outskirts of the Borough, was on extra-parochial land not belonging to either Plymouth or the nearby Parish of Eggbuckland.  It was just over 244 miles from London Paddington Station via Bristol.  The line from Totnes Station to Laira Green Temporary Station was opened to passenger traffic on May 5th 1848.  The line was single track only between Totnes and Hemerdon Junction, where it became double track for the remainder of the route to Laira Green.

Passengers were transported from there in to Plymouth by a special service of horse buses, for which the fare was sixpence.  This was not without its danger.  The "Atlas" Omnibus met the train that arrived at Laira Green Temporary Station at 2.20 in the morning but on its way back along the Embankment Road one of the horses took fright in the darkness and caused the reigns to break.  'The vehicle rattled along the road at a fearful rate, until it reached the turnpike gate, when coming into collision with one of the posts, it was unset, and greatly damaged, the coachman was precipitated into the road, one of the horses was killed, and an inside passenger was severely bruised.  Three other passengers, who were also fortunately on the inside, sustained no injury, being more frightened than hurt.'   While the passengers were recovering the second horse ran off but was later found standing quietly at its stable door  in Plymouth.  The coachman sustained severe injuries but none of his bones were broken, reported the "Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse Herald".

Once the line had been extended into the Borough of Plymouth and a new terminal station erected at Millbay, Laira Green Temporary station was closed to passenger traffic as from April 2nd 1849 and to goods traffic as from May 1st 1849.  The former Arrivals train shed was moved to Coxside in 1852, where it became the Sutton Harbour Goods Station.

The Arrivals Board, 1848, and Departures Board, 1848 have been created from the first time table notices published in the local press in May 1848.