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    Default Seaton Junction, Devon - Sept '08.


    Seaton Junction is a small village in East Devon, some five and a half miles from Seaton, which derives it's name from the railway juction which served the now defunct Seaton branch line.

    http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.76....1&r=0&src=msl

    The areas abandoned include the railway station itself, bridge and platform for the closed line, and the next door factory, Axminster Engineering & Moulding Co. The goods yard looks as if it's in use by another company for vehicle storage.

    I noticed the empty buildings whilst on a bus journey to Honiton a few weeks ago and recalled seeing the derelict station some years ago, but had completely forgotten about it. Visited with Neosea last week...and a big thankyou to him for the driving. Hopefully he'll be adding up some of his photos too.

    Seaton Junction Station.

    The Seaton to Seaton Junction branch line was built in 1868 by the Seaton & Beer Railway Co, and subsequently taken over by the London & South Railway in 1885. Closed as part of the 'Beeching cuts' in March 1966. The trackway which runs between Colyton and Seaton now houses the Seaton Tramway. More history and info about that can be found in the following link.

    http://www.tram.co.uk/acatalog/history.html

    Old Station Yard.















    Inside booking hall taken through the door window.



    Neosea taking photos of the platform through the metal grilled gate.





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    The platform and bridge to the Seaton line.



    The second bridge along is accessible due to it being a public footpath.



    From where we could see the platform and former goods yard.



    The Seaton line rails are no longer there and the trackway is grassed over.



    The remains of the platform can be seen on the other side.



    The bridge on the other side. It just ended in a field, strangely enough, and was very overgrown.





    Axminster Engineering & Moulding Co.

    Comprising of large warehouse-type factory plus part of the station buildings, which housed reception and the offices.











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    Nice one Foxylady. For some reason - don't know where! - I've heard of this station. Odd that!

    There seems to be quite a bit of history still lying round the site. It's always good to see something old from the railways. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
    There seems to be quite a bit of history still lying round the site.
    One of the things that's amazed me recently are the connections I've been discovering with many of these local explores. I suppose it's because the towns and villages are small here and many of them relied on the same few means of making a living. There's a lot more history behind this little junction than I've posted, but I might add a bit more as other reports are posted. Cheers, Sausage.
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    Awesome, some guys I know made a model of this station, but I didn't realise how realistic it was till I saw these pics.
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    Very good report Foxy!

    Enjoyed looking through these -the old Booking Hall -what class!
    Well done for spotting this one. Good shots from the bridge too. You didn't happen to run into any of your friends? (Mr. & Mrs. Brambles) on the other side of the bridge?
    Like the look of that old Engineering / Moulding Works too -nice Crittall metal windows

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    Nice one Foxy, looks very traditional and unvandalised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neosea View Post
    ... just wish the sat nav didn't like those single track roads so much
    Yes, that was quite a surprise travelling down obscure lanes that look like cattle tracks!

    Excellent photos, Neosea. I'd forgotten you'd taken pics through the window of the end building. Glad you posted the booking hall pic with the reflection of the house across the road...that's a great shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neosea View Post
    Better than those fields later on
    Not to mention the dead ends when you programmed in for petrol stations! Devon, eh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neosea View Post
    Those non existing petrol stations were in Dorset, that's a return visit as I may have found a few more places to check out (if they exist)

    And about Devon, getting stuck behind all those tractors does something to the mind! I almost traded in the car for one. Seems like every other person drives a tractor. How does the saying go... I can not read....
    Oops! Forgot they were in Dorset! Doh! Cool, it'll be good to see some more places around there.
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    Excellent photos Neosea!

    Like the attention to detail snaps, and the reflection ones are particularly cool

    Cheers a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locksley View Post
    Awesome, some guys I know made a model of this station, but I didn't realise how realistic it was till I saw these pics.
    Blimey! I'm beginning to see there's more than meets the eye with this little station area.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightbuoy View Post
    You didn't happen to run into any of your friends? (Mr. & Mrs. Brambles) on the other side of the bridge?
    Cheers, Lb. Yes, we did! There were a humungous amount of them, but at this time of the year they were covered in blackberries which was a bonus...mmmmm, apple & blackberry pie! Neosea had a go at looking for access to the platform bridge from that side, but it wasn't possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr_bones View Post
    Nice one Foxy, looks very traditional and unvandalised.
    Thanks, Mr B. As far as I can discover, it's possibly been closed for as long as the branch line, so it's amazing how intact it is. I don't think the factory has been closed for too long as that address came up when I googled it, so it's proximity may have deterred trashing. The station at Axminster is very similar in design and is still in use. It's a fab building, isn't it.

    Thanks for your comments, everyone.
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