Dartmoor Explorations

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YELVERTON – PRINCETOWN RAILWAY

Nigel Machin

Early to mid-1950s photos of the Princetown to Yelverton railway line matching up and see what has and has not changed. The now photographs were taken in 2019

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Approaching Princetown station – looking SW to Sharpitor with its RAF mast
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Standing on the platform at King’s Tor Halt – looking NNE to Kings Tor. The old Foggintor Quarry line joining on the right was already disused by the 1950s.
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Leaving Kings Tor Halt and heading for Yelverton. This is looking NE across the old disused Foggintor Quarry line towards Kings Tor.
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Just leaving Ingra Tor Halt and heading towards Kings Tor Halt and Princetown. Looking W with Ingra Tor on the left and probably Pew Tor on the right. Just as at Kings Tor Halt, the concrete base of the shelter is still in place.
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Ingra Tor Halt looking ENE towards Princetown. And just spotted a train in the middle distance above the shelter trunding its way down from Princetown.
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Passing Routrundle heading N to Ingra Tor. The original photo was taken on the last train to run on the line so lots of carriages needed two engines to climb up to Princetown. It didn’t normally look like this!
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Burrator & Sheepstor Halt looking NE over the reservoir. The gate in the picture is still in place as are the railings and steps down to the platform (see next photo). This is now overgrown and there is no longer a view of the reservoir from here.
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Burrator & Sheepstor Halt – with steps down from previous photo on the far left.
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Approaching Burrator & Sheepstor Halt from Yelverton – looking SSE. Again, most of this view is now obscured by undergrowth.

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