Sampford Courtenay Station - June 06, 1983
Sampford Courtenay Station June 06, 1983 - looking south west towards Okehampton.
The station was originally opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) as Okehampton Road when it formed the terminus of the line from Exeter.
The station was renamed as Belstone Corner when the line was extended to Okehampton in 1867, and later renamed again as Sampford Courtenay after a nearby village. Constructed to rival the South Devon Railway route to Plymouth, the completion of the LSWR's own route to Plymouth saw this line become an important route with lines to Padstow and Bude as well as Plymouth. At the 1923 grouping the line became part of the Southern Railway.
Passenger services to Sampford Courtenay were withdrawn on June 05, 1972 along with the remaining train services to Okehampton. However, the railway survived with freight trains continuing to run to Okehampton and Meldon Quarry.
Following privatisation, the Yeoford to Okehampton section of the former "Dartmoor Mainline" passed through several owners. The line is currently (2010) operated by British America Railway Services Ltd part of the Iowa Pacific Railroad Group.
Sampford Courtenay Station reopened in 2002 though it only boats an upgraded up platform and new "Southern style" signage which serves the summer weekend services between Okehampton and Exeter and the Dartmoor Pony shuttle operated by British America Railway Services Dartmoor Railway subsidiary.
As can be seen in this photograph some maintenance was still in progress as a ganger's wheel barrow and some replacement sleepers can be seen (bottom left) this convinced me that someone might turn up so a fuller investigation of the site was precluded.
Contax 139 with Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.7 Planar lens. Agfa CT100 film
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