IVATT ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T AND BCK TO HALWILL JUNCTION
Owing much to Colonel Stephens, the North Devon & Cornwall Junction Railway from Torrington to Halwill Junction did not open until 1925. Always a very lightly used section of the ‘ Withered Arm’, it rarely warranted more than a single coach.
Usually a Maunsell brake composite or a Bulleid equivalent, the branch train might be in the hands of a former ‘Brighton’ 0‑6‑0T, a BR Standard ‘4MT’ 2‑6‑4T or, latterly, an Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2‑6‑2T.
Hornby produces a Maunsell brake composite while Bachmann’s Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2‑6‑2T is due to be replaced by an upgraded model. Dapol produces the Ivatt tank in ‘N’ gauge, together with Maunsell coaching stock. The Bulleid brake composite remains the most-needed of ready-to-run coach models.
Lots of nice, modellable features, but the concrete SR halts at Yarde and Watergate are my personal favourites.
Closed in 1965 and 1966, the lines around Halwill Junction have all gone. Some parts are accessible as footpaths, while the station site has been redeveloped for housing.
With a single Bulleid brake composite in tow, Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2‑6‑2T No. 41216 takes water at Hatherleigh while working the ND&CJLR service from Halwill to Torrington in July 1964. COLOUR‑RAIL