|Opened as late as 1925 the North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway existed in a world entirely of its own exerting a powerful charm on those lucky enough to travel on it. The railway was linked at its northern end with the Torrington to Barnstaple line which wound its way through beautiful Devon countryside before emerging on the banks of the Torridge to give the traveller some superb river views.
With over 40 minutes of superb cine film, the video explores the history and fortunes of these two independent branch lines. Highlights include scenes shot in the last days of steam. The last passenger services over the line and a cab ride to Meeth Quarry in the late 1970s as well the steam cranes at work on Fremington Quay.
The video is complemented by a history of both lines as well as then & now views allowing us to see how much has survived in the years since closure.
The charm and character of these two lines is captured through the reminiscences of local railwaymen. Their fond memories add colour and humour to the life of the lines and help re-create the special atmosphere that existed on the railway linking North Devon and Cornwall - now sadly lost to the pages of history.
Duration 1 hour 15 minutes