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Devon Group Mystery trip 29th January 2020

Although this was advertised as a Mystery Trip for the participants, some of the 8 members on this trip were 'in the know' that the destination would be the Tiverton museum and model railway.

Our first chance to sample the new GW timetable and 'better' units on the Tarka Line, the group set off to Exeter.

1. Coffee on the platform at Exeter with the Dawlish storm window damaged Pacer 143603 stabled on the depot behind. We then went to Tiverton Parkway to rendezvous with locally based members Chris Shields and Tim Woods who with their cars kindly ferried us all to Tiverton town and to the Museum of Mid Devon Life.

2.  Here is the railway section as the group pose with GWR 0-4-2T 1442 ' The Tivvy Bumper'.

3. Chris Lane tries out the footplate and engine drivers cap on 1442.

4. The loco is surrounded by local railway artefacts from many of the lost lines that served mid Devon.

5. After another coffee and a good look around the rest of the museum  (which is housed in an old school), the group head into town for some lunch.

6. Chris, Dave, Dave, and Chris psoe for the camera at Wetherspoons for the madatory lunch and drink at the White Bull pub.

It was a pleasant surprise for some, especially the modellers, when we were taken to see the Culm Valley Model Railway Club's, Tiverton Junction layout. This excellent authentic scale model of the former main line station is housed in a purpose built large shed at the Old Well Garden Centre near Junction 27 of the M5 by Tiverton Parkway station. Their treasurer and our volunteer Chris Shields kindly organised this special operating day just for us L&B members.

7. 8. 9. 10. 11. & 12. The layout is well advanced and depicts the original layout at Tiverton Junction in the 1950s and early 1960s with the branch lines to both Tiverton Town and Hemyock in place.

The club holds regular open days at the Garden Centre as well as their Model Railway Exhibition on Sat 19th September at Willand Village Hall.

We would like to thank all the members of the Culm Valley Model Railway Club for their excellent hospitality today.

13. Finally, back on the mystery tour, the Group went down to Newton Abbot for a beer at the Railway Inn before the return home including a short hop up to Exeter Central during the connection time for the 1820 train back to Barnstaple.

Our next trips

Wednesday 19th February - possible visit to Seaton Tramway. Then Wednesday 18th or 25th March as preferred. Destination to be agreed.

Text and photos by Nigel Thompson


Corporate Supporters - Where to Stay

The Denes Fox and Goose Highfield House Lynton Cottage Moorlands North Cliff Sinai House