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Report - Yelverton Station & Tunnel - SW&T Railway - 14th April 2012

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Lectrician, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Lectrician

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    Yelverton Station & Tunnel
    Part of the South West & Tavistock Railway​


    So there I was, down in Plymouth for a family gathering, with some time to spare while the woman went shopping. Having lost my tripod recently (I am assuming someone may stumble on it if they visit Cligga!), I decided to treat myself to a new one and am now a signed up member of the Manfrotto club!

    I decided to visit Yelvertons old station and tunnel, as I could not find any reports on it. A fairly quick drive up the road from Plymouth through the thunder and the rain.

    Yelvertons tunnel and platform are a soggy reminder of the South Devon & Tavistock railway which was in use from 1854 through until 1964. Yelverton was a branch station with the main line from Plymouth to Tavistock (and later onto Launceston) with the branch feeding out to Princetown.

    With my head in my 1930’s map, I managed to subtly ignore the “Keep Outâ€￾ signs, these only confirming I was on the right track (track – ho ho).

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    Halfway up the driveway an old passenger foot bridge flies over the old access road and you know you must be close to the old platforms.

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    The typical “Great Western Railwayâ€￾ style fencing gives the boundary of the platforms away.

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    Walking up from the platforms on the old damp track bed.

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    All in all, it is a well concealed and well protected tunnel and the platforms are well protected from general view meaning it is free from rubbish, fly tipping and graff – Certainly worth the effort in my opinion!
     

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