Budleigh Salterton Railway

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Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton Railways
West of England Main Line
Feniton
Sidmouth Junction
West of England Main Line
Ottery St Mary
Tipton St Johns
Sidmouth
Newton Poppleford
Colaton Raleigh siding
East Budleigh
Budleigh Salterton
Littleham
Avocet Line
Exmouth
Budleigh Salterton Station in 1964

The Budleigh Salterton Railway was a double track branch railway line that ran from a junction on the Sidmouth Railway at Tipton St Johns to Exmouth via four intermediate stations, Newton Poppleford, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, and Littleham.[1]

History[edit]

Opening[edit]

Locally sponsored, the line opened as far as Budleigh Salterton on 15 May 1897 with one intermediate stop at East Budleigh with a second being opened in 1899 at Newton Poppleford.

Extension to Exmouth[edit]

Although privately owned the line was extended in 1903 by the London and South Western Railway to Exmouth via Littleham.

Closure[edit]

Major reduction in the services along the line in the 1960s led to a corresponding decrease in usage. The line closed to freight traffic on 27 January 1964 and to passengers on 6 March 1967.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Catford, Nick. "Budleigh Salterton Station". Disused Stations. Retrieved 2010-07-02.