Realistically A Rainbow Project?
Thursday 14 July 2022
The Impossibility Of Ilfracombe
If you were thinking of building a railway line, Ilfracombe would seem an unlikely candidate. Yet thousands streamed by train for their holidays there, often using several versions of the Atlantic Coast express.
Depending on where your "digs" were, the station was hardly the essence of convenience. It was built on top of a holly promontory at the back of the town, now replaced by an industrial complex on the same site (above aerial view, lower left : zoomed in below).
... north and east sides.
The station was hardly luxurious ...
Sadly the totter to Elsie Miggins guest house was even more breathtaking - but in a much less enjoyable way.
But back in the 50s and 60s holiday makers were made of sterner stuff - and they flocked!
The train's route south through "Mortehoe and Woolacombe station" (some distance from Mortehoe and Woolacombe!!) is now a public footpath ...
A footpath/cycleway re-appears south of Braunton ...
But the big problem comes at Barnstaple itself.
Seriously, though, the costs of re-instatement to Ilfracombe look beyond any realistic hope. Unless, of course, Devon County comes into some unexpected source of finance!
Tomorrow : to Stevenage!
Next New Bus Station blog : Thurs 14 July