Torrington railway track extension project

THE Tarka Valley Railway Group reports that discussions are under way in respect of planning permission for an extension of track at the former Torrington Station site. It is hoped to extend the current short length of track there by some 300 yards along

THE Tarka Valley Railway Group reports that discussions are under way in respect of planning permission for an extension of track at the former Torrington Station site.

It is hoped to extend the current short length of track there by some 300 yards along the side of the Tarka Trail footpath and cycleway and include two short sidings in the station area and improved access to the Trail.

The group, which has just celebrated its first anniversary with its second annual gala at the station site, now has almost 150 members.

Those attending were able to inspect the visible progress in its efforts to develop the site.


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Undergrowth and debris has been cleared from the platform and it is hoped this work will continue on a wider area of the site. Excavated old ballast is being cleaned and graded by hand and used to complete ballasting of newly laid track. A new fence is now complete for the length of the existing track and clearly shows the separation of the railway from the Tarka Trail. Work to restore the clay hood is nearly complete and it is hoped to soon have the painting and lettering complete.

The group also hopes to start work on restoration of its brake van once the clay hood is complete and to resume painting of its Mk1 coach, which was delayed by poor weather.

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Maintenance and restoration work on their locomotive Progress is planned over the next few months.

Anyone wishing to know more about the group and its project can make contact through Phil Simkin (chairman) on 01805 623050 or Rod Garner (secretary) on 07881 905260

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