OLD PLYMOUTH . UK
Plus parts of the South Hams and West Devon
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: May 10, 2018
Webpage updated: March 17, 2019

        

RAILWAYS IN OLD PLYMOUTH  |  LAUNCESTON BRANCH
BRANCH LINE, PLYMOUTH STATION (MILLBAY) TO LAUNCESTON STATION

MARSH MILLS STATION

Marsh Mills Station, at 3 miles 73 chains mile post mileage from Plymouth Station (Millbay) was opened by the South Devon and Tavistock Railway Company to broad-gauge goods traffic only on June 22nd 1859.  It was opened to passenger traffic on March 15th 1861.

BRWR number 6430 pulls away from Marsh Mills Station
with the 2.10pm Plymouth to Tavistock South train
 on December 29th 1962.
  Peter W Gray.

When the standard-gauge trains of the London and South Western Railway Company began using their running rights over the line between Lydford Station and North Road Plymouth Station in 1876 a new Marsh Mills Signal Box was installed.  Their passenger trains started calling at Marsh Mills Station on May 18th 1876.

The Launceston Branch was converted to standard-gauge by the Great Western Railway Company, which resulted on a rather large gap between the Down and Up tracks through the Station.  The Up line continued separately right through to join the Down main line at Tavistock Junction.

Two sidings served the Marsh Corn Mills on the Up side of the line.  Also on the Up side were sidings to the China Clay Works.  Sidings were added during the Second World War on the Down side, just beyond the Station, to the Coypool Depot of the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.

The passenger entrance to the Station was down a slope from beside the bridge carrying the A38 main road to Plympton over the railway line at the southern end of the Down platform, where the booking office, main waiting room and lavatories were located.  Access to the Up platform for trains to Plymouth was by using the railway's barrow crossing at the Plymouth end of the Station.  Marsh Mills Signal Box was on the Up platform, accompanied by a small, stone waiting shelter.

A shunting locomotive was derailed at Marsh Mills Station on Friday May 7th 1948 and caused delays of around 2 hours to the train service on the Branch.

According to the "The Official Hand-book of Station 1956" Marsh Mills Station, which included the Dartmoor China Clay Company's siding, Messrs Sellick, Nicholss and Company Limited's siding, and the War Department's Coypool siding, dealt with only goods and passenger traffic.

Marsh Mills Station was closed to passenger traffic on or as from December 31st 1962 but remained open for china clay traffic.

The Station area is now the base of the Plym Valley Railway.