11th April 1959
Railway Enthusiasts' Club
The Devon Rambler
|DMU Used||3-car set including 51062|
|as listed||Exeter St Davids - Cowley Bridge Jn - Crediton - Coleford Jn - Okehampton - meldon Jn - Lydford - Tavistock South - Horrabridge - Yelverton - Marsh Mills - Tavistock Jn - Laira Jn - Mount Gould Jn - Friary Jn - Plymouth Friary approach|
|as listed||Plymouth Friary approach - Friary Jn - Cattewater Jn - Plymstock - Yealmpton|
|as listed||Yealmpton - Plymstock|
|as listed||Plymstock - Oreston - Turnchapel - Turnchapel Tunnel (2)|
|as listed||Turnchapel Tunnel - Turnchapel - Oreston - Plymstock - Cattewater Jn - Friary Jn - Plymouth Friary approach|
|as listed||Plymouth Friary approach - Friary Jn - Mount Gould Jn - Lipson Jn - Plymouth North Road - North Road Jn - Devonport Jn - Devonport King's Road - St Budeaux Victoria Road|
|as listed||St Budeaux Victoria Road - St Budeaux Ferry Road - Devonport Jn - Cornwall Jn - Plymouth Millbay|
|as listed||Plymouth Millbay - Cornwall Jn - North Road Jn - Plymouth North Road - Totnes - Newton Abbot - Dawlish - Exeter St Davids|
(1) Route confirmation required - above is from booked timings. Photo stops made at Yealmpton, Plymstock and Turnchapel Admiralty Yard. The tour itinerary carried the following comments;
'The use of a cross-country diesel set on this tour has brought forth a spate of correspondence commenting on our choice of motive power and stock - some critical (often very so) but many more complimentary'.
'By the way, IF British Railways have failed to put the first class at the front leading out of Exeter, please don't ask the organisers to turn the train round! We did our best'.
'For those who pine for steam, a glance at the future programme of the club will prove that "puffers" are not forgotten'.
(2) The route description in the itinerary commented; '...proceeding straight into the tunnel beyond Turnchapel station to a point two chains beyond the tunnel mouth, which marks the boundary of the Admiralty Boom Defence Depot. The Admiralty were quite prepared to let us proceed right down their line to the ferry - and we are greatly indebted to the Admiral Superintendent for having given us this permission - but unfortunately the train just won't "fit", clearances not being sufficient, and our tail end is going to be left in the tunnel at Turnchapel when we come to a stand'.
Sources : Chris Harley, Howard Cook & Brian
|From The John Debens Ticket Collection.|
Timings (Booked Only)
(from Brian Read/Edwin Wilmshurst)
|0.00||Exeter St Davids||13.00d|
|1.23||Cowley Bridge Jn||13/03|
|24.79||Okehampton||13.45a ~ 13.50d|
|34.72||Lydford||14.10a ~ 14.18d|
|46.78||Yelverton||14.43a ~ 14.46d|
|54.17||Marsh Mills||15.00a ~ 15.03d|
|56.68||Mount Gould Jn||15/11|
|57.78||Plymouth Friary approach||15.15a ~ 15.20d|
|[62.71]||Billacombe||15.28a ~ 15.33d|
|[63.71]||Elburton Cross||15.36a ~ 15.41d|
|[64.46]||Brixton Road||15.45a ~ 15.50d|
|[65.79]||Steer Point||15.54a ~ 15.59d|
|[68.27]||Yealmpton||16.05a ~ 16.15d|
|[74.60]||Plymstock||16.35a ~ 16.45d|
|[59.79]||Oreston||16.48a ~ 16.53d|
|?||Turnchapel Tunnel||16.58a ~ 17.08d|
|?||Turnchapel||17.10a ~ 17.15d|
|76.24||Plymouth Friary approach||17.28a ~ 17.35d|
|79.33||Plymouth North Road||17.45a ~ 17.52d|
|80.49||Devonport King's Road S.R.||17/55|
|?||St Budeaux Victoria Road||18.??a ~ 18.10d|
|?||St Budeaux Ferry Road||18/12|
|86.64||Plymouth Millbay||18.23a ~ 18.33d|
|87.51||Plymouth North Road||18.38a ~ 18.45d|
|139.55||Exeter St Davids||20.07a|
Note regarding mileage at Plymouth Friary;
'Mileages are given to Plymouth Friary station; in actual fact the train will reverse on both occasions in the approach lines to Friary and not in the station itself. Distance should therefore, for full accuracy, be reduced by about 20ch on each occasion'.
'The mileage chart has been compiled showing the Turnchapel branch as being traversed first. This is incorrect, and any intermediate adjustments should therefore be taken into consideration, though the rear end mileages are correct of course'.
[Webmaster note: I have shown the listed mileages for the Turnchapel and Yealmpton branches in brackets to reflect the above comment]
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