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The ser­vices

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.

The trains

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.

The mod­els

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.

Best at­mos­phere

Lots of nice, modellable fea­tures, but the con­crete SR halts at Yarde and Water­gate are my per­sonal favourites.

Present sta­tus

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

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