Devon is a goldmine for railway enthusiasts, with the most spectacular stretch of mainline in southern Britain, running along the coast near Dawlish, where it is often pounded by waves. Devon also has several scenic branch lines, the remains of Brunel’s atmospheric railway pumping stations (an engineering failure) and his Royal Albert Bridge at Plymouth (an outstanding success and still part of the rail network). In addition Devon has several excellent preserved steam railways and a number of railway museums. This book will tell you what there is to see and help you understand its historical context.
Devon’s Railway Heritage