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Issue Date: 05/04/2019
Issue Name: South Devon Railway - 50 Years of Preservation
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On the 5th April 2019 South Devon Railway celebrates 50 years of preservation. To commemorate this occasion we have produced this stunning cover. It features a lovely image of a GWR locomotive at Buckfastleigh Station, and has two stamps from the 1985 Famous Trains issue along with a 1975 GWR Castle Class stamp and has been cancelled with a specially designed Ashburton 50 postmark on the 5th April, 2019.
South Devon Railway
In the mid 1800s there had been several schemes to link Buckfastleigh and Ashburton to the fast growing railway network. The main line from Plymouth to Exeter was being built by the original South Devon Railway and a group of local promoters came up with a plan to link Ashburton to Newton Abbot. In 1848 a Bill for a ten and a half mile branch received Royal Assent. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was asked to be the engineer for the line, but with the economy in recession, the plan was dropped.
Eventually another scheme linking up with the South Devon Railway at Totnes was agreed upon and the line opened as the Buckfastleigh, Totnes and South Devon Railway. It opened as a broad gauge line through to Ashburton on 1st May 1872 and was operated by the SDR (becoming part of the Great Western Railway in 1876). Nationalisation came in 1948 and the line became part of the Western Region of British Railways. The last passenger train ran on 3rd November 1958 although freight traffic continued until 7th September 1962.
Today’s South Devon Railway is a 6.64 miles heritage railway from Totnes to Buckfastleigh in Devon. It runs mainly alongside the River Dart, and was initially known as the Dart Valley Railway. Operated by the South Devon Railway Trust the headquarters and museum are located at Buckfastleigh railway station.
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