BRIXHAM REOPENING

OUTLINE IDEA

Unlike almost all reopening projects in the UK the RRA are not about bringing lines back as Heritage Railways. All reinstatement proposals are for real lines used and run by the local population as not for profit Community Railways, made financially viable by Hybrid Light Rail Cars as run on the Stourbridge Branch in the West Midlands. If some tourist trade is created by curiosity or just being in the right place so much the better as far as the financial viability goes.

 

In this instance full connection with the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway is not only unlikely logistically as a housing estate has been built on the spur from the junction, where they now operate a turntable for visiting tendered engines. But also as yet they do not seem interested in gaining further income from leasing use of the line outside of their operating hours for a commuter service to be run by Hybrid Light Rail. One might be forgiven for supposing that it might be that any successful reinstatement of passenger services might inevitably lead to Network Rail taking the line back as it is still main line standard.

But as the track bed still exists from the buildings at Cherston, right through to the edge of the new housing estate at Brixham.

In fact it ends at the children’s playground that is built on the former track bed. If the local farmer could be persuaded to be cooperative it could be extended down the edge of the field to the Holiday Shalets a few hundred meters from Battery Gardens, and at the Cherston end down the edge of the road so that a terminus could be literally the other side of the bridge from the current station. Ideally for safety reasons a tunnel walkway would be the best option, even if not the cheapest, for access to the current line.

 

If it proved a big enough hit, and taking into consideration the lightness of Hybrid trains coupled with their ability to climb 1 in 15 gradients, far greater than Heavy rail can. A lightweight concrete bridge might be built over the golf course pathway, effectively giving them a covered walkway, to connect to the line heading towards Paignton, then a new track alongside the current one to at least Goodrington where Network Rail still occasionally use the second line as access to the sidings.

We know of a UK company that makes man powered machines to mix such concrete from recycled expanded polystyrene and ground hard-core or earth for the third world. Continuing our drive to make any new railways carbon footprint miniscule.