South Devon & Moretonhampstead Railway

Great Western Railway

BR Western Region

Freight Only Line Currently Mothballed



The sidings and loading dock lie on the south side of the level crossing and were used for many years for ball clay traffic, having once had a passing loop which today is no longer the case. Traffic having ceased in 2009 when the line was mothballed. Then in December 2011 freight carriers Colas Rail announced that the section of the line to Heathfield would re-opened to facilitate a contract to transport timber from there to Chirk in North Wales.

Timber was transported by road to this site from local plantations be loaded onto the freight trains. Due to the lack of passing loop empty trains continue up the line to Heathfield to permit locomotives to run around the waggons using the loop in the disused station. The empty freight train then drives back to the timber sidings to be loaded.

Whilst this went on you could often see the locomotive sat in Newton Abbot station to allow drivers shift breaks.

Due to the short length of run around, once the contract got established Colas moved the operation to Exeter where they could form up longer trains. Once again mothballing the line.