Torrington and Marland Railway
|Dates of operation||1880–1971|
|Track gauge||3 ft (914 mm)|
|Length||6 1⁄4 miles (10.1 km)|
The line was surveyed in 1879 by John Barraclough Fell who was also the consulting engineer to the nearby Pentewan Railway. Fell's survey was notable for its use of ten wooden viaducts, which were an unusual feature for a British railway.
The railway was a private line, built to serve clay traffic, but part of the agreement with the landowners over whose land it passed was that it would carry local passengers. Steam locomotives were used on both the main railway and the internal lines in the clay pits.
In 1925 the main line was replaced with a standard gauge branch of the North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway. The Torrington and Marland was cut back to a 1½ mile stub and the internal quarry lines. These continued in use until 1971 when the line finally closed.
|1||Mary||Black, Hawthorn & Co||0-6-0ST||1880||576||Scrapped 1925|
|3||Peter||Stephen Lewin||0-4-0ST||c. 1870||Scrapped 1925|
|4||Merton||Fletcher Jennings||0-4-0 tender||1880||Constructed from pieces of three Fletcher Jennings locomotives.|
- The Torrington & Marland Light Railway - Rod Garner (Kestrel Railway Books)