A short film showing some of the views around these two fascinating, Devon, disused stations.
Before closure, two railway companies ran competing train services up this valley with tracks side by side between Tavistock and Lydford. Nowhere is this more clearly visible than at Mary Tavy, highlighting the delightful lunacy that pervaded during the railway boom years.
Lydford junction is significant as it was the only station that was shared by both lines and is often reported as having nothing left to see. Having slipped surreptitiously over the fence and wandered happily along the eerily derelict platforms, I’m delighted to tell you that there are indeed views still worth seeing.
Mary Tavy still has its station building, although this is only briefly focused on here. Far more interesting is what you can see just to the south of the station, showing the proximity of the tracks, the long views down green and empty track beds and the superb granite bridges.
Look out for Great Western Railway boundary marker from 1895 hiding in a hedgerow, a most exciting find. The film concludes with a slide show of stills taken at the time of filming.