London & South Western Railway
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Bude Terminus Station & Wharf Siding
Having reached Bude, a terminus, the LSWR actively encouraged growth of holiday passenger traffic, marketing it hard as a resort destination. Sadly the journey times from London and the Midlands was long. Although Bude developed, it never managed to challenge the South Devon seaside towns.
Also a long siding branch ran to the Wharf at the tidal harbour. Originally a 4-feet gauge plateway on the wharf, from 1823 through 1923, being relaid as 2-feet gauge, operated with horses from 1924 through 1942. Finally closing in September 1964. Used for rolling stock storage in the final years.
1950 OS map showing the position of the station relative to the town and the branch siding down to the wharf
Modern OS style map showing the station site and the development around it ensuring that were a service ever to be reinstated to the town a new station would be required on the southern edge of town, maybe well south due to the Nature Reserve
Replicating as close as possible the point and angle of the picture right, the former station site is now housing estate
Picture by Roger Geach under commons licence
Looking back through the station from the buffers showing loco runaround and siding
Picture from wikipedia commons