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Railway Anniversary



DEVON & CORNWALL RAIL PARTNERSHIP (in conjunction with Tamar Belle Heritage Centre)

125TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS of the coming of the Plymouth Devonport & South Western Junction Railway (The Tamar Valley Line)



Friday 29 May 7 for 7.30pm

Commemorative 'On-Train' Dinner at the Tamar Belle Railway Heritage Centre, Bere Ferrers. Three-course Dinner with wine. Details and bookings to Chris Grove, tel.07813 360066 by Wednesday 27 May. Musicians will be playing songs with a railway theme before dinner.

Saturday 30 May 11am – 5pm

Historical Exhibition at the Council Chambers, (rear entrance Parish Hall, Station Road, Bere Alston). An amazing collection of photographs, books and drawings representing the history of the Plymouth to Bere Alston and Calstock rail lines. An historical film will also be shown. Enquiries to Trevor Bond, tel 01822 840447. Admission Free.

Saturday 30 May 11am – 6pm

Tamar Belle Railway Heritage Open Day Inauguration of the rebuilt 2'0” gauge passenger and mixed train line with rebuilt 1939 Ruston Hornsby diesel engine. Demonstrations of standard gauge vintage passenger and freight train operation with short train rides behind our 1940s diesel mechanical locomotives. Signal box open. Musicians will be playing songs with a railway theme during the afternoon. Exhibition of artefacts and photographs. Light refreshments and strawberry cream teas. Admission Free.

Saturday 30 May 8.15pm

'History of Rail, River and Road in the Bere Peninsula', an illustrated talk by Clive Charlton, Chair of the Tamar Valley Line working group, at the BFS Club, Bere Ferrers. Clive will focus mainly on the coming of the railways to the Bere Peninsula (and developments thereafter) including the LSWR's strategy for gaining their own main line into Plymouth, as well the Callington branch from Bere Alston and more.

7pm A Supper will precede the talk by Clive. (Highly recommended – though not compulsory!)  Menu: Choice of Chicken Curry, Vegetable Curry, or Chili Con Carne, with rice or jacket potato: £5 per head. Choice of three desserts: £3 each. Bookings must be made for these popular monthly meals by Monday 25 May to Margaret Ball, tel 01822 840534

Tuesday 2 June 2015 ANNIVERSARY DAY

The coming of the Plymouth Devonport & South Western Junction Railway

Plymouth Railway Station 12.30pm.  Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque in the presence of children from Bere Alston Primary School and other guests. 

Bere Alston Railway Station 1.35pm. Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque by the Mayor of West Devon Borough Council, with rail poems by children from Bere Alston Primary School and other guests. Music will be provided by the Summerhouse Strummers.

Dress – Victorian Dress.

The Plymouth Devonport & South Western Junction Railway originally served as a passenger line for London & South Western trains from London Waterloo, through Tavistock, Bere Alston and Bere Ferrers to Devonport and later Plymouth Friary. It developed into an important line for the transportation of fruit and flowers from the productive area of the Tamar Valley in the 20th Century to Plymouth and beyond.

The Plymouth Devonport & South Western Junction Railway was absorbed into the London & South Western Railway in 1922, which itself became the Southern Railway in the railway grouping of 1923. The line from Bere Alston to Lydford and on to Okehampton was closed on 6th May 1968.