After about four years of campaigning by villagers, Kingskerswell station opened on 1st July 1853 on the branch line that ran from Newton Abbot to Torquay (this line was extended first to Paignton and then eventually on to Kingswear - the latter part of this journey can now be completed by steam train from Paignton.) After a couple of accidents at this station, the line was doubled in 1876 and a second platform installed. The building now called Station Cottage at the crossroads of Yon St and The Tors formed part of the station building built into the viaduct - you bought your ticket at this level and then descended to the platform below. It is my belief that Yon St. was non existent back in the day and that the station building extended to the bridge. When the second platform was added, they cut a section out of the bridge parapet along Rose Hill and built steps down to the platform. Incidentally, the platforms are still visible.
As many of you will know there are major roadworks occurring in the area to form a Kingskerswell bypass. It is possible also that the station could be re-opened - that would be fantastic especially as in October 2014 it will be fifty years since a train stopped here.