Plus parts of the South Hams and West Devon

  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: April 08, 2018
Webpage updated: October 07, 2020




The Up platform of Mutley Station was opened by the Great Western Railway Company on August 1st 1871.  The Down platform followed several weeks later.

A postcard view of Mutley Station looking towards
Mutley Tunnel.  Note Mutley Signal Box.
From a postcard.

Not a picture OF Mutley Station but of GWR 0-4-4 tank locomotive
 and Down train AT Mutley Station.
Could the gentleman on the right with a bowler hat be the Station Master?
Date unknown but it appears to be after the gauge conversion in 1892
 and before Mutley Signal Box was installed in 1896.
Courtesy Mr Robert Chapman.

Because of its location near to the villas of Compton Gifford, Mannamead and Mutley, it became known as "the gentry's station".

Mutley Signal Box, opened in 1894, was situated on the Up platform.  It was taken out of use in 1908.

On and as from Monday March 25th 1929 the access from Gordon Terrace and Napier Terrace to Mutley Station was taken out of use, forcing potential passengers from the Down side of the tracks to use one of the nearby foot bridges to get to the Up side of the Station.  The Down booking office was also closed on that date, tickets being henceforth available only from the Up side.  Access to the Down platform was then by means of the Station's footbridge.  Given that motor bus services were now running across Mutley Plain every few minutes to either Town or Tavistock it probably caused very little inconvenience.  Milk traffic was dealt with as before.

On and as from Monday April 1st 1929 the Great Western Railway Company took over the former Royal Mail Parcels' Office in the Station forecourt and established the Railway's own central Parcel's Office.  It would appear that from that date parcels were no longer accepted at or delivered from Mutley Station.

In 1932 the last Station Master, Mr Thomas William Francis Forse (1880-1963), was transferred to North Road Plymouth Station as Relief Station Master and it was left in the hands of two senior porters.

Mutley Station was closed to passenger traffic on and as from Monday July 3rd 1939.  The last Up train to call at Mutley Station on the evening of Sunday July 2nd 1939 was the 9.27pm from Plymouth to Newton Abbot.  The final train to call at the Down platform was at 10.05pm when a train from Tavistock, Yelverton and Shaugh Bridge set down its passengers.  With no ceremony the gates were locked and that was the end of Mutley Station.