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    This is something I've been pursuing over the last 18 months or so, a bit of an explore every so often and gathering old pics and info as and when. I finally completed the last bit yesterday. A big thanks to Hydealfred for identifying some of my pics and giving me some background information about East Devon branch lines.

    All photos apart from my own, are the copyright of, and posted by courtesy of Mary Byrne-Jones. Please do not copy for publishing purposes.

    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.



    A view of the line as it was. Further along, towards the right can be seen piles of stone from Beer Quarry beneath the crane. Below is a pic of the stone being loaded, circa 1895.



    Seaton Station.

    After it was demolished, the site was used by Racal Electronics until that too was demolished in 2008.

    Old pictures of the Station.







    At the end of the road running alongside the erstwhile factory, is what I believe to be the entrance for the cartloads of stone which came from Beer. The gate looks as if it may have been original, as it is quite similar to the old style crossing gates. It was used at the entrance of the Racal car park.



    Further along are the workshops for Seaton Tramway the rails of which now run on the track bed of the branch line.



    Original posts demarcating the edge of the track bed. Gradual silting of the estuary has meant higher mud and water, and many posts are partly submerged.



    Below is a Plate Layer's Hut, several of which were situated along the original railway line. Thanks to Hydealfred for identifying it. The dinosaur isn't original, btw. ;)



    Colyford Station.



    The Station buildings no longer exist, but the stop is used by the tramway, and something rather unusual does remain...the original station urinal. Although no longer in use. ;)



    Colyton Station.



    Originally the goods yard.



    The station house still remains and is now used by the Tramway as part of it's tourist attraction.

    Lovely old station lamps.





    A short distance along the line (no longer in existence) there was a bridge over the lane approaching the station. Across that lane, and leading to what was once the other side of the bridge, is this rather funky old gate.



    Bridge Supports.





    And a parallel road with another dismantled bridge.



    Hydealfred told me that the letters and numbers are a way of identifying the bridge for maintenance purposes. We don't know what the letters signify, but I'm guessing that they stand for London Exeter and Seaton Exeter Branch.



    At the top of the second bridge is where remains of the track finishes. The view is looking towards the end of the branch line where it connects with Seaton Junction.



    Seaton Junction.

    The pics below were taken yesterday. My original report of two years ago can be found here.

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    The building next to the station was originally the depot and canteen for Express Dairies. The pic below was taken circa 1948, showing the fleet of milk lorries.



    And as it is today.





    Thanks for looking and hope that you enjoyed it. Cheers, Foxy. :)
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    The 2nd Seaton junction pic is wonderful FL, something about the colours and the way the whole frame is used. Also really like the concrete footbridge. Nice explore, thanks.
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    Great report Foxy!! well done on finding the old pictures, very interesting:) The urinal is fantastic, they don't make them like that anymore.
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    What a great report, thanks for that.:)
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    Nice one Foxylady, I do like the quality of your prints missus. I have visted this place myself a few years back, the tramway is good fun.
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    fascinating report foxy - thanks
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    that is a great report, well done u for all the hard work

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    Ta muchly for all your nice comments guys. :D
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    Wonderful report Foxy I'm especially liking the stone yard shot.As you probably know it was a branch of the Pictor family from Corsham who developed the Beer quarries and looking at the pic on the left you can see a chap sawing a block of stone with a frig bob saw a Wiltshire designed implement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldscrote View Post
    ...I'm especially liking the stone yard shot.As you probably know it was a branch of the Pictor family from Corsham who developed the Beer quarries and looking at the pic on the left you can see a chap sawing a block of stone with a frig bob saw a Wiltshire designed implement.
    Yes, I believe that some of the graffiti in the Beer Quarry Caves was written by workers that came to Devon with the Pictors, IIRC. I didn't know that the saw was developed in Wiltshire, though...interesting stuff. The more I look into local history, the more amazing the connections are and how the various sections of the community developed and relied upon one another.
    Cheers Oldscrote. :)
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