South Devon Railway
(1872-present)

place and heritage railway (from 1969)

Aged 149

The South Devon Railway Company built and operated the railway from Exeter to Plymouth and Torquay in Devon, England. It was a 7 ft 1⁄4 in (2,140 mm) broad gauge railway built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.The line had to traverse difficult hilly terrain, and the company adopted the atmospheric system in which trains were drawn by a piston in a tube laid between the rails, a vacuum being created by stationary engines. The revolutionary system proved to have insuperable technical difficulties and was abandoned. The line continued as a conventional locomotive railway. The company promoted a number of branches, through the medium of nominally independent companies.Its original main line between Exeter and Plymouth remains in use today as an important part of the main line between London and Plymouth.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

1-4 Bishops Place now Bishops Place Surgery built in 1857 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the doctor, architect, engineer and supplies manager of the South Devon Railway

Bishop Place Surgery, Bishop Place, Paignton, United Kingdom where it sited

Centenary Of Cinema 1996 #053

The Picture House and the South Devon Railway which delivered the cinema's films [full inscription unknown]

Railway Station, Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom where it sited

Ian Allan Publishing Heritage Railway of the Year Award presented to South Devon Railway by Rt. Hon. Gwyneth Dunwoody M.P.

The Railway Station, Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom where it sited (1872)