1st Take’s series of films on the Branch Lines of England, based on the books of Colin Maggs, now takes us to the beautiful county of Devon.
In this first volume, we explore the branch lines in Exeter, and the south, central and eastern parts of the county. They were extremely varied: at one extreme there was the Exmouth branch, the nearest the West Country comes to a suburban-type commuter line, and the Paignton line, which could for many years almost be considered a main-line. At the other end of the scale was the Culm Valley Light Railway, an oddity which required locomotives with a short wheelbase and restrictions on rolling stock.
Many Devon branch lines were originally built to the broad gauge and were later narrowed, some lasting until the very end of the wider gauge in 1892.
This DVD explores the old branch lines of the county with stunning modern film and rare archive photographs and footage. It also includes interviews with people who have created successful tourist attractions from what was left of the old system, with visits to South Devon Railway, the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Seaton Tramway.
Produced by - 1st Take
Running time - 90 mins approx.
Format - 4:3
Release Date - October 2015