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THE NORTH DEVON LINE The Southern Railway Route Between Exter and Ilfracombe ISBN 9781906919283
by John Nicholas, George Reeve
For more than a century trains to the North Devon line commenced their journey at Exeter Central station, 171 miles from Waterloo and the centre of the Southern network in the West Country. Although North Devon line trains usually started their journey from here they often incorporated through coaches from Waterloo, brought down in an express which was re-marshalled at Exeter Central. The restaurant cars would be taken off, the through carriages to Plymouth, Padstow and Bude leaving first on the Plymouth train and the through carriages to Ilfracombe and Torrington following on the North Devon train. The most famous of these trains was the 'Atlantic Coast Express' or 'ACE', the 11 o'clock from Waterloo but of course the 1.10am, 9am, 1pm and 3pm expresses from Waterloo usually conveyed through coaches to North Devon. This is not simply a reprint of two former titles but a complete revamp, update and expansion to give the reader a new insight into the line from Exeter to Ilfracombe
1 – The Line Described
2 – The Railway Age Begins
3 – The Broad Gauge Era
4 – The Mixed Gauge Era
5 – The Barnstaple and Ilfracombe Railway
6 – The Later South Western Period
7 – Southern Days
8 – British Railways 1948-1993
9 – Privatisation
10 – Traffic and Train Services
11 – Locomotives and Rolling Stock
12 – Summer Saturdays 1948-1965
13 – Working over Mortehoe Banks
Book A4
448 Pages
500+ Photographs

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