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Torbay and Brixham Railway

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The Torbay and Brixham Railway was a 7 ft 0¼ in broad gauge railway which linked the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway at Churston railway station, Devon with the important fishing port of Brixham. It was a little over two miles long.

The railway was largely built due to the work of Richard Walter Wolston, a local solicitor, and was sold to the Great Western Railway on 1 January 1883.

1861 Dartmouth and Torbay Railway opened to Churston railway station

1864 Torbay and Brixham Railway authorised by Act of Parliament

1864 Dartmouth and Torbay Railway extended to Kingswear railway station

1868 Torbay and Brixham Railway opened

1872 Dartmouth and Torbay Railway amalgamated with the South Devon Railway

1876 South Devon Railway amalgamated with the Great Western Railway

1883 Torbay and Brixham Railway sold to the Great Western Railway

1892 The broad gauge converted to standard gauge

1948 Great Western Railway nationalised into British Railways

1963 Brixham line closed

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