Dartmouth Station has never been served by trains, and despite multiple plans during the 1850s to build a track to Dartmouth – nothing ever came to fruition.
This was until the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway Company was formed such that a line could be built from Newton Abbot to Torre (near Torquay) and onward to Dartmouth.
The Railway Company ran out of funds and the railway cross the river was difficult and expensive. The station at Kingswear which lies on the east bank of the River Dart became a terminus for the railway, and passengers would alight to get a chain ferry across to Dartmouth.
In Dartmouth, a Station was built where booking for the chain ferry and train were taken. It is this station we see today.
The station is today in use as a cafe/restaurant.
The railway company opened to Paignton in 1859 and Kingswear 5 years later.
In 1872 the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway Company was absorbed by the South Devon Railway, and later in 1882 itself and the lined from Newton Abbot to Kingswear became part of GWR.
In the below video take a trip on The Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, Gresley A4 No. 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ with the ‘English Riviera Express’, & the English Riviera Airshow (or part of it). Special thanks to Steam to the West.
Cover image of The former GWR station at Dartmouth, Devon 2018 – R~P~M