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Dartmouth and Torbay Railway

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The Dartmouth and Torbay Railway was a broad gauge railway linking the South Devon Railway branch at Torquay with Kingswear in Devon, United Kingdom. It was operated from the outset by the South Devon Railway.

The line to Paignton is now part of First Great Western's Riviera Line, the remaining section is operated by the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway.

1848 South Devon Railway opened to Torre

1857 Dartmouth and Torbay Railway authorised by Act of Parliament

1859 Railway opened from Torre to Paignton

1861 Railway extended to Churston

1864 Railway completed to Kingswear

1866 Dartmouth and Torbay Railway leased to the South Devon Railway

1868 Torbay and Brixham Railway opened from a junction at Churston

1872 Dartmouth and Torbay Railway amalgamated with the South Devon Railway

1876 South Devon Railway amalgamated with the Great Western Railway

1892 Converted to standard gauge

1948 Great Western Railway nationalised into British Railways

1963 Brixham branch closed

1972 Railway beyond Goodrington sold as a heritage railway

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