Watergate Halt railway station

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Watergate Halt
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Watergate Halt
Location
Place Watergate Bridge
Area Torridge
Grid reference SS468176
Operations
Pre-grouping North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway (1925 to 1948)
Post-grouping Southern Region of British Railways (1948 to 1965)[1]
Platforms One
History
27 July 1925 Opened
1 March 1965 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Watergate Halt was an intermediate halt on the initially privately run[2] North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway.

Watergate Halt in 1969 looking away from Torrington

"It was one of those moments you always remember – a first glimpse, caught through the dappled sunlight of a woodland glade. Deep within the heart of North Devon, I came across this tiny wayside halt, no longer than a single carriage length."[3]

Watergate Halt in 1969 looking towards Torrington

A remote rural station[4] with one small siding used by a local farmer,[5] it was closed in 1966[6] and now forms part of the popular Tarka trail, a route for ramblers promoted by the local council.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Private, not grouped in 1923.
  2. ^ Became part of Southern Region of British Railways in 1948 Branch Lines to Torrington Mitchell,V/Smith,K: Midhurst, Middleton Press,1994 ISBN 1-873793-37-5
  3. ^ Ian Pringle Memories of the Barnstaple to Torrington and Halwill Junction Line (VHS Video-Stock Code: BL267D)
  4. ^ Backtrack Vol 19(2005) The North Devon & Cornwall Junction Railway. Walter Rothschild
  5. ^ Southern E-group
  6. ^ "Discovering Britain's lost railways" Atterbury,P: Basingstoke, AA Publishing ISBN 978-0-7495-6370-7
  7. ^ East Devon Council

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Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Torrington   North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway (1925 to 1948)
Southern Region of British Railways (1948 to 1965)
  Yarde Halt

Coordinates: 50°56′16″N 4°10′51″W / 50.9377°N 4.1808°W / 50.9377; -4.1808