Having had a cache nearby at the entrance to the heritage railway for a while, I thought it about time for a new site for the mainline station. The walk is on flat pavements and when you leave the station, you will not have to cross the main road. Please be very stealthy when retrieving and replacing the container and put back exactly where you find it. PLEASE BRING A WRITING IMPLEMENT - THE LOGBOOK MUST BE SIGNED!
Paignton Railway Station came into being in 1859 and soon became part of the original South Devon Railway which in turn was amalgamated into the Great Western Railway in 1876. After a number of other groupings, renaming and ultimately privatisation, we have now arrived back at GWR. In 1904, GWR began road services to Torquay and the land opposite the station is appropriately now the town’s bus station. In 1910, the single line section from Torquay was doubled and the platforms extended to accommodate longer trains. Soon a goods shed was added alongside new carriage sidings. In 1930, a separate station building was erected and named Queens Park; services going on to Kingswear and back operated from here and today this site is run by the Dartmouth Steam Railway as a heritage line operating steam and diesel hauled trains. Today most trains coming in and out of Paignton travel only as far as Exmouth but HST services come in each day from London Paddington too. This is a very interesting area that combines the old with the relatively modern and may soon play host to the new sleek Hitachi trains that are an increasing sight on GWR Rails. Enjoy your visit, however you may get here.