Ilfracombe 1972

A family holiday on Exmoor in 1972 led my father and I to the abandoned ex-LSWR, ex-SR station at Ilfracombe.  An interesting two platform station at the end of the double tracked branch from Barnstaple, the station had heavy traffic and large locomotives in the holiday season.  I’ve never seen a model of Ilfracombe, but someone must have built it, as it is such a good prototype.

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7 Responses to Ilfracombe 1972

  1. sed30 says:

    Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
    Its like expecting the ACE to arrive at anytime!


  2. Nigel Wright says:

    Thanks for posting those wonderful photos, which I’ve only just found via Google.
    The local Ilfracombe Model Railway Club has built a model of the station, and I’m now planning to build my own.
    Did you by any chance take any more photos while you were there? I’m trying to find a ‘side-on’ view of the goods shed so I can make a scale drawing of it.
    THe photos you’ve already posted will be a great help, anyway.


    • Thanks, Nigel. I don’t have a side view, but I do have square-on end views of both ends. Email me at barthyd AT to give me your address, and I’ll send a digital copy of all the photos I have to you. Jon.


  3. Christopher McCutcheon says:

    Hi there. I found this web site while researching Ilfrachombe railway.

    My names Chris from Australia, during Covid lockdowns, I took the time to watch lost railways of England. Ilfrachombe was of particular interest to the point now im focused on everything to do with this station. I’ve started colllecting numerous model steam loco from the era around 1945-its closure. I have collected a lot now Recently purchased rolling stock of the ACE and now compiling a file of any phots of Ilfrachombe, I wish to build a model railway of the station and researching the track plans and its buildings. If anyone has photos or track plans or anything that would help me . Please make contact as I would love you to share your knowledge. I can be emailed on Thanks again anyone, very much appreciated

    Chris, Brisbane Australia


  4. Hi Chris. The National Library of Scotland has a load of online maps which give reasonably accurate track layouts. I had a quick look and only found pre-1914 layouts, but there may be some others hidden in there – it’s sometimes difficult to navigate around. This might also be useful, if you haven’t found it Cheers, Jon


    • Hi There, a loverly message to was up to today. These photos are amazing content for me. I will try scale these up as I want to reproduce a scale model. Please if you know of anyone past or present with similar interests of this amazing station and line, please feel free to pas on my email, it would be greatly appreciated. Once again big thankyou, Chris M


  5. Nigel Wright says:

    Wonderful photos, thanks for posting. They will be very helpful for me as I’m planning a 00 layout based on Ilfracombe and Barnstaple Town. There is a large 00 model of Ilfracombe which was built by the local model railway club (try Googling it), and there is also an interesting Twitter account called ‘Ilfracombein00’.
    For a post-1930s track plan look at the Disused Stations website.


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