The Lonely Crossing

Rorymacve

Teignmouth, United Kingdom

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You will not believe how long it took me to perfect those reflections! I went through 3 out of 6 of my Goo Goo Dolls albums!

But either way I think they’re the main part of this piece, which depicts a quintessentially rustic Devonshire scene at Tamerton Viaduct on River Tamar, as a Regional Railways Class 153 diesel railcar is seen rumbling across on a cold winter morning with a service from Plymouth to Gunnislake along what was once the London and South Western Railway Mainline from Exeter to Plymouth via Crediton, Okehampton and Tavistock. Rather stupidly, this line was closed to all traffic and lifted between Meldon Quarry (near Okehampton) and Bere Alston (where the line to Gunnislake diverges) in 1968, removing the only alternative routing for services via the Sea Wall during the October storms.

Today there are plans to reopen the route as far as Tavistock to serve the rapidly expanding town, but the usual red tape complications are making this proposal difficult, in addition to the fact that the former site of trackbed leading into the town is now built over.

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