This model depicts Bishop’s Nympton as a fictitious Great Western Railway branch line terminus station around the mid 1930s. This branch and the main line are owned and operated by the Great Western Railway although the London and South Western Railway company have through trains from London to Ifracombe. It is not unknown for the odd LSWR coach to find it’s way up this delightful country branch line to the station. Bishop’s Nympton is a small up and coming town set in the country side of North Devon. Its main links to the outside world is via the Taunton to Barnstable line which has direct routes to London and is some 5 miles distant. The main focus for developing the railway was the shipment of cattle and farm produce to and from Bishop’s Nympton.
This branch line was built around 1885 when the opportunities at Bishop’s Nympton were recognised. Leaving the main line, the branch follows the contours of the hills for some 5 miles on a steady climb through farmland crossing the occasional road and a number of accommodation bridges until it reaches a stone built viaduct of some 37yds in length which crosses the River Tod. As the line approaches the advance starter, it levels out before passing under a road bridge and entering the station yard. Once under the road bridge, a small engine shed is seen on the left which is used to carryout minor repairs to locomotives. The goods depot is on the right along with the service bays. Bishop’s Nypmton’s signal box is on the left of the line as it enters the single platform station which has run round bay. The cattle dock on the bay head shunt is used on market days to transport livestock away from Bishop’s Nympton.
Last updated 31 July 2012
A Great Western Railway branch line terminus in the mid 1930s
An 'O Gauge' Great Western Railway branch line terminus in the mid 1930s
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