Tiverton Museum, Devon

This post has gained priority because it was requested by a member. The request was for a list of all postcards featuring GWR 1442 which is preserved in the Tiverton Museum in Devon. The attached listing shows five postcards but made from only three different images. When Dr Beeching closed Tiverton station in the 1960’s one of the tank engines that worked the lines from Exeter. Bampton and Tiverton Junction was mounted beside the road close to the site of the station. When the new town museum was built the loco was relocated to it’s own inside gallery where it can be visited today. The museum is only about 100 meters from the alignment of the old line to Exeter which is now a road. When I visited the museum in 2014 it was selling the Unichrome postcard.

The full listing can be seen by clicking on this link:

Tiverton Museum

If you are aware of any further postcards of 1442 we’d be delighted to hear from you.

The museum only has the one loco but has a wide variety of other social history exhibits and is well worth a visit.

Lavender Line Isfield Sussex

Isfield station is delightful and if you’ve not visited it you must add it to your “bucket list”. I visited on a Sunday lunch time in September 2015 and the station cafe was busy. The cafe occupies most of the old station building with the shop on the adjoining platform. The line only runs for about a mile but there’s national interest in seeing the line fully re-opened by Network Rail from Uckfield to Lewes to provide a London to Brighton additional route. So time may be limited to sample a ride on this authentic heritage line. I have previously visited about 30 years ago and from what I remember it has hardly altered with the exception of a new loco shed. As for postcards, the shop was selling a set of four produced by Smartart and a card by Beric Tempest which I suspect goes back some years.

I have listed all the Lavender Line postcards I’m aware of here:

Lavender Line  click on link to show pictorial listing

If you are aware of other postcards produced featuring the Lavender Line please send us an image of both sides of each card please.

Sussex Community Rail Partnership

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I know that several of you like to know of new issues by rail operating companies, This is next best thing! This multiview has an Electrostar unit and promotes rail travel in Sussex. I found this card at Isfield station on the Lavender line. I wasn’t able to determine how old it is.

Hayling Seaside Railway

The Hayling Seaside Railway is at the southern end of Hayling Island (near Portsmouth) and adjoins the sea front and visitor amusements. The shop and workshops are currently ( autumn 2015) being relocated from the western to eastern end of the line. The line does sell postcards featuring its own operations. The service is volunteer operated. Whilst not as old as many seaside narrow guage lines there are historical elements to find such as sections of track recovered from the old Alton Towers

The cards available in September 2015 are detailed here ( click on link below to view postcards)

Hayling Island Seaside Railway