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Appledore Railway Station.
Charles Kingsley wrote the novel Westward Ho!, which led to a tourist boom followed by the construction of a new town called Westward Ho! This is the only case of the publication of a novel that led to the construction of a town and a railway to serve it.
The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway (B, WH & A, R)was unusual in that although it was built as a standard gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) line, it was not joined to the rest of the British railway network, despite the London and South Western Railway having a station at Bideford East-the-Water, just on the other side of the river Torridge from the main town. The line was wholly situated on the peninsula made up of Westward Ho!, Northam and Appledore with extensive sand dunes by the Torridge and Taw estuary. The line opened in stages between 1901 and 1908, but closed in 1917, having been requisitioned by the War Office. Re-opening the line after World War I was considered, but dismissed as a viable option.
In 1908 the railway was extended to Appledore.
A terracotta memorial entitled 'Appledore station', on a background of locomotive wheels and gearing, produced by ceramic artist Maggie Curtis, commemorates the old station.
The trackbed from Appledore to Richmond Road Halt was converted into a road in 1935 and the station buildings were demolished apart from the back wall.
The museum at Bideford station on the Bideford and Instow Railway has a display covering the B,WH!&A,R which was the only railway company in the British Isles to have an exclamation mark in its company title.
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