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Mainline Turntable for Buckfastleigh

The South Devon Railway has acquired the 60' turntable from Hull (Botanic Gardens) shed for use at Buckfastleigh where it will become the centre-piece of a planned new museum to be built at the North end of the extensive grounds at Buckfastleigh. Network Rail have sold the turntable to the SDR for a nominal £1 but the total cost of the project to remove, transport and install the turntable at Buckfastleigh will undoubtedly be in the region of £80,000. The turntable has been out of use for some years now and is now no longer connected to the system. The table was installed at Hull in 1955 when it replaced an older table. Although only 60' this will be able to turn everything at present on the South Devon Railway, including both 4920 and 3803, plus any visiting 4-6-0's that are attracted to Buckfastleigh on main line specials when the facility becomes available. Smaller Pacifics will also be able to be turned.
A planning application is being lodged for the additional new track and the turntable at Buckfastleigh, which will also enable a Transport and Works Act application to be progressed. This is required so that the statutory authority under which the SDRT operates the Buckfastleigh branch can finally be transferred from the DVR, under whose Light Railway (Transfer) Order the line still operates. The granting of the TWO to SDRT will enable the SDR to finally obtain the freehold of the railway in place of the long lease that at present exists.
Further planning applications will then follow to cover the building of a stock shed and carriage and wagon workshops, the proposed museum (with the turntable in front) and a new diesel maintenance depot to house the lines fleet of heritage diesels - now 2 x Class 20, Class 25, Class 33, Class 37 and Class 50, plus various diesel shunters and DMU's

Hull Botanic Gardens Hull Botanic Gardens Hull Botanic Gardens
First sighting locked in position We took off the brake and round it went "How much do you think they will want for it ?"

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