Branch line revolution or one-day wonder?

Many years ago, clutching my first ever First Class pass, I accompanied my late uncle on a week-long inspection of the signalling and operation of the North Cornwall lines from Okehampton to Halwill and on to the Atlantic Coast destinations of Wadebridge, Padstow and Bude, together with the light rail branch to Torrington.

Little did I know – though I now suspect he did – that all these destinations were about to be erased from the railway map, almost certainly forever, with services from Okehampton itself withdrawn just a couple of years later.

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