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  • #622
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    You just KNEW it would re-start – the SWP forum would never be the same without it – aiming for 487 replies to beat old record !

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    Sunday 21st December – First Great Western are running Santa trains from Newton Abbot up and back on the heathfield freight only line, a chance to travel on this line, first scheduled service for 50 years they reckon.

    All departures bar the last one of the day have santa, but the last one does not, presumably for those just wanting to say they have travelled along this line.

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    fantastic … well done …

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    Is there a chance this subject can be de railed ?

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    It’s going to take a while to get this topic back to the previous record-busting level but to keep it chuffing along I let the train (well, a South West Trains DMU thing) and the Picadilly Line tube take the strain for a trip to Wealdstone on Saturday for the game vs Concord Rangers.

    Decent game between two good sides, winner scored by Scott McGleish, remember him?

    I had planned the trip some weeks ago but as it transpired Concord held Mansfield to a draw in the FA Cup in midweek and then of course Argyle managed to loose to Mansfield on Saturday. Funny old game as someone once said.

    Stranger still, having travelled 200 odd miles to the far outskirts of North-West London (Wealdstone play at Ruislip now) one of the linesmen was a certain Lee Roberts from Plymouth.

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    Took the train on Saturday from Totnes to meet a friend who was staying in the Bath area – turned into a bit of an adventure.

    Changed at Taunton to reach Yatton, where we planned to watch Clevedon at Step 4. That game was postponed, as was our back up at Weston-Super-Mare. This meant he drove us back to Bath to watch Odd Down v Hallen (with a pitiful 45 crowd for a Vase game).

    Returned from Bath to Temple Meads with an extra single purchased to Yatton (as I had a Totnes to Yatton return). However, the guard on the Truro bound fast train took pity on me and let me catch the first service direct to Totnes, saving me about 2 hours in time and I was home by 19:15!

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    The government has announced today that Network Rail should undertake a feasilibility study into re-opening the Exeter line to Plymouth via Okehampton and Tavistock.

    This would provide a flood relief route for Dawlish AND re-open the railway to Okehampton, Tavistock and hints in the Govt paper about Launceston & Bude too !

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      Hopefully that’s a good SIGNAL for the future.

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    Hi-speed trains through Kirton station? That would be sight to be seen. Yeoford was originally the junction that separated the Barnstaple and Okey lines but the single track from Exeter now splits at Crediton. Atlantic Coast Express day trips to Bude – that would be a great day out.

    Seriously it would be great for Mid & West Devon and even North Cornwall. Mind you they would have to get the fare collection sorted out. Son went to Sandypark recently. Carriages so full guard couldn’t collect the fares.

     

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      Quite regularly the guard doesn’t come through the train between Paignton & Newton Abbot, regardless of how full the train. So those using Torre station get free ride as a rule.

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    Although the game at St Austell looked the better prospect, beacause trains into Cornwall were running on a bus replacement system I let the train take the strain to Newton Abbot for the Buckland vs Bodmin Town game in the Vase.

    Good game of football between 2 decent sides , Bodmin ran out deserved winners due to better finishing. Buckland had plenty of the ball but too many crosses were too close to Kevin Miller.

    Have to say the referee was poor, missed an elbowing on a Buckland player (then later booked that Buckland player for a very innocuos tackle) and gave a very soft penalty to Bodmin.

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    I let the train take the strain again yesterday to Sherborne for their local derby vs Gillingham Town.

    Whilst the media had been wittering incessantly about the over-running engineering work at Kings Cross they had failed to mention that Worst Great Western were also in a bit of a pickle which made both journeys interesting.

    Good game of football, certainly “competitive” though the game finished with 22 players – a more card-happy ref could have issued a red or two. Plenty of goal-mouth action, near misses etc etc.

    Only one goal though this was a real comedy goal – backpass to the keeper, keeper miscontrols, striker closes him down, keeper tries to clear, ball hits striker & trickles into bottom corner.

    Have to give a mention to the cheese-burger, one of the best I’ve had anywhere and great value at only £2.10.

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    Started 2015 by letting the train take the strain, caught the 12.18 from Torquay to Newton Abbot to catch the Cornishman heading to Paddington i would be getting off at Taunton for the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West game Taunton Town v Wimborne Town at The Viridor Stadium or better known as Wordsworth Drive.

    The game ended with a 2-1 win for Taunton Town, their push for at least a play-off place continues, i returned back to Torquay on the Cross Country train from Manchester to Paignton leaving Taunton at 17.45 arriving in Torquay at 18.47.

    Happy New Year to you all.

     

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    First train trip of 2015 planned for Saturday, to Totnes. Might do another trip on Sunday to Torre station and then up to Plainmoor to see Torquay United.

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    As this topic has been parked in the sidings for a month I thought it was time to get it back on track.

    I let the train take the strain on Saturday for a trip to London to take in the Ryman Premier game between Dulwich Hamlet and Grays Athletic. Cracking game between 2 committed sides which finished 2-0 to Dulwich, crowd 1,047.

    Lots of “youngsters” in the crowd i.e. 20’s / 30’s, probably refugees from the hugely overpriced Premier League product on offer elsewhere in the capital. Entrance at Dulwich was £10 which was excellent value.

    Must mention the pitch which was a bit of a pudding. Soft on top with some areas sanded, the pre-match warmups had churned up 2 areas & the rest of the pitch quickly followed once hostilities commenced. The linesmen’s “runways” were 50 yard long puddles of standing water.

    However the game was played and an excellent game it was. No player was injured so it wasn’t “dangerous” and the ball didn’t get held up & players weren’t falling over so it wasn’t “farsical”. So good decision by the referee which seems to tie in precicely with the FA guidelines which can be read elsewhere on this website.

    Have to say the almost total washout locally yesterday does make me wonder if referees are sometimes calling off games where under the FA guidelines the conditions are actually playable.

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    It’s exactly a year ago today that the storms swept Dawlish’s rail line into the sea, I went along the route yesterday, a crisp, sunny and calm day – funny how different it can be.

    Link below to BBC Devon story to mark the anniversary:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-31140192

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    Doesn’t time fly!!

    The Dawlish Avoiding Route question seems to have been parked firmly on the back burner – probably will not hear any more until the same thing happens again at Dawlish.

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    This topic needs more entries to keep it on the main line rather than being stuck up a small country branch line.

    Talking of which I took the train to Newquay on Saturday which had an element of stepping back in time, accentuated by seeing a GWR tankie chuffing about at Bodmin Parkway. The Newquay branch is not quite the Railway Children – certainly no Jenny Agutters on display.

    As far as the football is concerned, despite a biting wind and regular hail showers a very enjoyable game between a good Godolphin side and a St Austell team whose minds were maybe on next weeks Vase game. Two cracking goals from distance.

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    There may well be a very special report later on in the week about a train excursion – watch this space !!!

     

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    I think the Hon. Sec. will be embarking on one of his longest train rides to the far west for a midweek game….!

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    Please see an article in this evenings express and Echo one for all you train followers drivers on the A38 around Exeter could face delays this afternoon – because of a train on the road.

    Read more: http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Exeter-drivers-warned-train-road/story-26069695-detail/story.html#ixzz3Sajw9rGy
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    Those lucky motorists, being able to see a train whilst using the Roads !

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    After making the excursion to Bitton v Buckland on Saturday (by road), I was somewhat pleased to see a small length of railway on an embankment behind one end of the Rapid Solicitors Ground. I can only assume it is a preserved stretch of track. In the past couple of seasons there was a stream train running apparently, however on Saturday, there was an old green 2-carriage DMU type train. Any ideas as to what this line is?

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    I think this may be the Avon Valley Railway?

    http://www.avonvalleyrailway.org/

     

     

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      Thanks David, knew I could rely on someone to come up with an answer!

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    I know this has probably been discussed before at some point but humour me. me and my son enjoy going to matches by train. The following teams have railway stations in the same town/area. How many stations are within reasonable walking distance (say a mile or less) from these grounds:

    Alphington/Exeter St Thomas

    Exwick Villa/Exeter St David’s

    Galmpton/Churston

    Godolphin Atlantic/Newquay

    Newquay/Newquay

    Newton Abbot Spurs/Newton Abbot

    Coach Road Newton Abbot/Newton Abbot

    Penryn/Penryn

    Penzance/Penzance

    St Blazey/Par

    Saltash/Saltash

    University of Exeter/Topsham

    Vospers Oak Villa/Keyham and St Budeaux Ferry Road

    Thanks

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    Alphington/Exeter St Thomas – 20 mins walk

    Exwick Villa/Exeter St David’s – 10 mins walk

    Galmpton/Churston – next door !

    Godolphin Atlantic/Newquay – 15 mins walk

    Newquay/Newquay – 10 mins walk

    Newton Abbot Spurs/Newton Abbot – 10 mins walk

    Coach Road Newton Abbot/Newton Abbot- 15 min walk

    Penryn/Penryn – 20 mins walk – uphill on way, downhill back !

    Penzance/Penzance – 15 mins – along the seafront!

    St Blazey/Par – 20 mims

    Saltash/Saltash – 10 mins uphill

    University of Exeter/Topsham – Never done it, guess 20 mins

    Vospers Oak Villa/Keyham and St Budeaux Ferry Road – never done it

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    I assume there must be a shortcut from ESD to Exwick Villa then? In the past, I’ve always got off at St. Thomas and walked in.

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    Yes, turn left as you exit St Davids, left again at the level crossing, over the railway & continue across the river / drainage channel thingy then left again & follow the footpath along the drainage channel thingy.

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    Yes that’s the way I would go to David – shorter than walking from St Thomas !

     

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    Thanks chaps, I’ll try that next time. If I get lost I can blame you two 🙂

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    Thanks for your help. Much appreciated.

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    You can walk our ground (Foxhole Sports Ground, Dartington) from Totnes train station in around 20 minutes.  The flattest route is along the cycle path and then up the hill when you get to the cider press centre.   Alternatively you can hike up Dartington Drive and through the college.

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    Falmouth Town – Penmere Halt

    If you take the scenic footpath I reckon it would only take about half an hour

    (Turn right down Penmere Hill, take the next right (Shelburne Road) and walk to the end. When  the road ends, take the footpath through the woods. It runs parallel to Venton Road and Conway Road and eventually you’ll come out at the bottom of Budock Hill – you pass the ground too)

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    Mike Sampson & I let the train take the strain for last night’s game between St Austell & Bodmin town.

    Nothing exceptional about the journey, down by HST & back on a ricketty old 2 car DMU thing.

    Both a few minutes late which is standard for WorstGW – I’ll look forward on future trips to the propsed fare refunds for delays of more than 2 minutes!!

    I suppose you have to say the match (such as it was) itself was exceptional, best summed up by Aunty here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31847992

     

     

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    This type of thing is what happens when the likes of Sampson & Hayman get onto trains David – all hell lets loose with floodlighting failing and fog etc – The Road-Boys should stay off the rails !!!

    I did Totnes & Dartington at home by train last night, rather easier than normal as they played at Coach Road ! Class 143 DMU on way down, Class 150 on way back.

     

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    We are toying with a repeat performance on Friday evening, train to E*e*e* St Davids then bus to Crediton.

    Perhaps you ought to warn Crediton……………………..

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    Not quite so much “magic” in this tale.

    Before the game at Home Park on Saturday I was chatting to a hopper from Hampshire who had intended to go to St Austell for the Vase Semi-Final.

    Unfortunately the rail-replacement bus was late getting to Plymouth & the train onward into Cornwall left on time without him & presumably a number of other passengers, sorry “customers”.

    Not having been to Home Park he decided to take in the game vs Newport. I did warn him how [email protected] Argyle are but he’d already bought his ticket.

    Usual dire performance from Argyle (0-0 draw) but added to another 0-0 draw in the morning game between Argyle under 18s and Peterborough United made a really exciting day for me. Not!!

    Must be the first time I’ve seen 2 goal-less draws on the same day.

     

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    I saw Argyle v Newport season before last midweek and that was 0-0 too !

    Last 3 Saturdays the line has been closed between Exeter & Plymouth although I think thats now it and should be back to normal this weekend. My game choice last Saturday was affected by it, would have done Vospers v Dobwalls but with rail replacement bus I chose to give it a miss.

     

     

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    Thought this thread may have Terminated here but alas I need to get some rail infomation.  How far is Creditons Lords Meadow from the train station?  Is it walkable?

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    Phil’s your best bet but I believe it’s about 15 minutes walk, mostly uphill on the way in.

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    Yes about 15mins walk – up the hill towards town then take right fork at top of hill, then follow round down, past Morrisons and round to the left.

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    Have a look at this Mr Road boy chairman dont think you would vist this ground to often ????

    http:<wbr />//www.<wbr />youtube.<wbr />com/watch?v=<wbr />aQFlqcbwDAI

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    Steam train drives THROUGH football stadium in what might be strangest restricted view ever

    BY JIM DALY

    You’ll never complain about your seat’s view again after seeing this bizarre video of a TRAIN driving through a football stadium

    There are plenty of distractions for players during a game; fan chants, pryotechnics, the giant screen showing replays of your miss.

    But not many footballers have had to contest with a STEAM TRAIN chugging its way along the side of the pitch.

    But that’s exactly what players from Slovakian amateur side TJ Tatran Čierny Balog have to put up with what looks like on a regular basi s.

    Footage showing an old style stream train travelling along tracks between the pitch and the stand where some supporters are sat has emerged… and it is crazy .

    The fans don’t seem to mind, though, and the players seen unfazed, but it only leaves us with one question…

    Who designed this stadium?! Phil Hiscox ?????

     

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    This video of the steam train driving between the stands and the pitch must have been re-tweeted thousands of times yesterday, lots of ground-hoppers getting well excited about it !

     

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    https://www.facebook.com/dawlishbeach

    Dawlish Beach Webcam up and running again. Lots of pictures of trains passing through my town.

    Long Live The Thread Mr Hayman

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    Another view from the video, showing the tracks inbetween the touchline & the stands !

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    Dawlish sea wall defences hold firm to storm Frank.

    https://www.facebook.com/365561793551129/videos/922014051239231/?pnref=story

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    Interesting piece on BBC news about Flying Scotsman which is having running tests before re-entering service shortly, link to article is below:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35241788

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    I thought this would cheer the Chairman up being brought back to the top of the pile. Train from Farnborough to Exeter on the South West Trains line, very scenic picking out the grounds of Cove, Fleet Spurs, Laverstock & Ford, Gillingham Town, Sherborne Town (entrance to Car Park), Axminster Town, Exeter City.

    On the return trip I saw another ground in Basingstoke, but no idea who played their.

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    Exeter to Barnstaple Special Sunday 17th April

    Not to be missed this Sunday – An HST on The Tarka Line to Barnstaple. Could they be testing the track to reopen the line through Crediton, Okehampton and Tavistock to Plymouth – don’t think so – just somebody having a “Jolly”

    HST on Tarka Line

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    For enthusiasts – catch the 10-20 local “Boneshaker” from Exeter Central (or shortly afterwards from St Davids) get off at Crediton photo the HST from the footbridge then next train back.

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    You would have thought that people who are responsible enough to be Managers of clubs in the South Devon area – not naming names of course but the Golden Hind is in the harbour and the manager in question is a 5 letter alternative word for a sofa !!!

    The world famous “MIND THE GAP” does not apply to him !!!

    Apparently, my excellent sources tell me that on the way back from the Cricket at Somerset last Friday the said manager was soooooo intoxicated with the apple juice that he fell down between train and platform on Paignton station

    IS THIS TRUE ? ! ? !

     

     

     

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    Just doing some research for possible visits to the new grounds, Torrington seems to be a particularly difficult place to get to for those of us who rely on public transport.

    Although only 49 miles from Plymouth, Traveline gives a choice of a bus journey involving 7 (seven!!) changes taking more than 5 (five!!) hours door-to-door or train to Exeter, train to Barnstaple & bus to Torrington taking more than 4 hours door-to-door.

    The last bus out of Torrington appears to be at 1720 and as the Torridgeside ground looks like it’s some way out of the town there’s a distinct danger of being stranded there until Monday. No Sunday bus service of course.

     

     

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    I thought this forum had reached the end of the line but I’m going to send it full steam ahead.

     

    letting the train take the strain today as I head to York City.

    7.46am East Midlands Train from Nottingham changing at Chesterfield to get there followed by the 5.35pm cross country train  back to Nottingham changing at Sheffield.

    getting to York nice and early to give me time to have a look around the train museum. Should be a good day ☺️

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    Ahh The NRM (National Rail Museum) a MUST visit for everyone but especially car hoggers like young Mr Hayman.

    In the centre of York and free entry as a national lottery supported museum of national importance (one of very few outside of London).

    Jealous of that – but watching Torquay play in the afternoon could well be an anti-climax young Tom !

     

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    Delighted to receive a contribution from Brian Tallett at Newquay to get this thread back “on the rails…”

    Brian and family used the hours before last weeks FA Cup Replay at Taunton v Tavistock to go on the West Somerset Railway and spotted this famous old visitor :

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