On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 23:41:02 +0100, Neil Sunderland
Post by Neil Sunderland
Sorry, I don't know. There was an LSWR plan in the 1930s to build a
line from Exeter Central (was it still Queen St then?) to Okehampton
and Barnstaple bypassing St Davids: that was dropped because of the
The plan ISTR whether it was an LSWR one the Southern inherited or
developed by themselves was to get separation from the GWR lines from
the foot of the incline from central and have LSWR/SR controlled lines
to the Junction at Cowley Bridge. The GWR if I recall correctly had
the right to insist that any LSWR/SR service had to stop at St Davids
from the time its rival first started to use its tracks.
This was somewhat academic as trains usually had to take on Bankers
anyway for the climb to Queen Street/Central but also led to a lot of
conflicting moves,plus the usual accusations of the owning company
giving its own traffic preference excessively.
I doubt if the SR would have bypassed St Davids completely as it was
too important an Interchange ,a station or platforms adjacent would
have been required. In the back of my mind I have an idea that one
proposal was to actually have High level platforms at St Davids.
with the junction to the foot of the incline being bridged and the
trains having risen to that height on the run in from Cowley bridge.
That's how it was described to me some 40 + plus years ago by a
school friends Uncle who was a station master on the withered arm.
Was not St Davids not rebuilt in The 1930's or was it just the Station
building.? It would be interesting if any allowance for St Davids high
level was incorporated into the design.