Exploring Devon and Cornwall's Branch Lines (Amberley)

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England’s two most westerly counties are home to a surprising number of railway branch lines. Unlike some other areas of the country, their picturesque rural routes defied the Beeching axe and today they remain hugely popular with visitors and residents alike.

Exploring Devon and Cornwall’s Branch Lines takes the reader on a pictorial journey over all these lines, illustrating the beautiful countryside and the trains that run through it. The lines featured are:

  • Exeter to Barnstaple
  • Exeter to Exmouth
  • Exeter to Paignton
  • Plymouth to Gunnislake
  • Liskeard to Looe
  • Par to Newquay
  • Truro to Falmouth Docks
  • St Erth to St Ives

As well as illustrating a variety of passenger trains, author John Jackson has gone out of his way to track down and illustrate some of the few remaining freight services, involving the flow of Cornish china clay, primarily for export.

From rolling countryside to seaside views, Devon and Cornwall have it all. An introduction to the railways in the area is followed by a diagrammatic map of the region’s railways and over 170 colour illustrations, all accompanied by informative captions. 96 pages.

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