In Anthony R. Kingdom’s book, “The Yelverton to Princetown Railway” (1991), there is mention on page 75 of a proposed connection from the GWR line near King’s Tor to Merrivale Quarry. In 1908 plans were drawn up by Prigg & Lindon (Engineers) for this railway. It was to be 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 7.25 chains long, which is 1.72 miles or 2.76km. (NOTE: A furlong is 220 yards and a chain is 22 yards). It was to be known as the “Merrivale Light Railway” (MLR) of standard 4 ft 8.5″ gauge and its departure point was just past the Swell Tor sidings on the main Yelverton – Princetown line. This post traces the course of that railway and what might have been.
The estimate for the construction was around £12.6k in 1908, which in 2020 prices would be around £1.53m. The estimate can be found here: