Talk:Barnstaple railway station

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Information that would be good to add[edit]

I dont want to edit this page, since I'm not an expert on this station, but I feel that some things that would be useful to add

Types of rolling stock:

DMU Class 118 were used in the late 70's / early 80's Class 31 hauled mk1 and mk2 coaches were seen in the summer

For the frieght trains in the same period CL 31 and cl. 33 diesels were used, earlier in the 1970's cl. 25's were seen often

The freight yard is now a B&Q superstore. There was a cement storage hopper on this site in the 70's and 80's operated by blue circle cement. This is well documented in Model Railway Journal Compendium #1 in an article named "the bucolic silo" (Wild Swan Publishers). When did the storage hopper close down? I would guess late 1980's but not sure. From photos this was served by centre depressed PCA hoppers branded for blue circle cement. Other traffic consisted of resin tankers for the shapland and petter door factory accross Sticklepath road.

Lumber trains were photographed in the yard. When the line to exeter was singled, no passing loop existed at "lapford"??? Lumber trains orginiting there would be brought to Barnstaple so that the locomotive could be placed on the front of the train.

China Clay traffic from Fremington was still operating until (i think) 1983. At that time the remants of the bideford line were removed (this date may be 1981 now that I think about it). There was a red star parcels office at the station. Parcels and newsprint traffic continued until 1980.

In LSWR days there was a slaughterhouse at the far end of the yard, in LSWR days. When did this close?

There are two great photgraphic refs for BR Blue days online:

http://freepages.nostalgia.rootsweb.com/~cyberheritage/yard.htm http://kenbaker.fotopic.net/c683001.html

Also some video footage from 1985 showing cl.118 dmu's operating pssenger services at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5XtVSVMwQY

A good photo reference is

Exeter to Barnstaple by Mitchell Vic & Smith Keith Publisher: Midhurst: Middleton Press reprint 2000 (1993) ISBN-13: 9781873793152 ISBN: 1873793154 Description: 96p photos and line drawings throughout hardback (pictorial laminated boards) fine (no dustwrapper called for) [1873793154] Languages: English

Rextanka 00:17, 21 April 2007 (UTC)rextanka

Thanks for the clues. It's always useful to have history and information sources noted for future editing. (But I'll have to leave editing it to someone with access to the appropriate references to cite!) -- EdJogg 22:14, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
The article already gives the date for the closure of the Fremington line as 31 August 1982. I think that the only traffic at this time was china clay. Geof Sheppard 07:13, 23 April 2007 (UTC)