Tuesday, 12 October 2010

History of Horrabridge Station

Horrabridge is a small country station on the 31 mile branch running from Plymouth through the West Devon countryside to Tavistock then crossing into Cornwall and entering the large county town of Launceston.
The station opened for passengers in June 1859 and February 1860 for goods. Closure came on 31st December 1962, with the track being lifted in 1964.

The station had a large goods yard, as wagons were stored here for the Princetown branch as Yelverton (the junction station for the Princetown branch) didn’t have any goods facilities. Another interesting feature of the station were the two water columns which were installed for Princetown locomotives which would run to Horrabridge to water before returning to Yelverton with any freight wagons.

Below is an old OS map from 1906 showing the station layout, on the ‘up’ side the main station building, Saxby and Farmer Signal box, goods shed and further along the ‘up’ head shunt was a privately owned granary, built of local stone. On the ‘down’ side (Up being towards Plymouth, Down to Launceston) a small waiting shelter and the siding for the Princetown branch, a water tower and permanent way buildings.

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