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“A slice of the Great Western past.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Plym Valley Railway

Plym Valley Railway
Marsh Mills Station | Coypool Road, Plympton, Plymouth PL7 4NW, England
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Owner description: The Plym Valley Railway has re-built a one and a half mile section of the ex-Great Western branch line from Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge. The line used to run from Tavistock Junction, just outside of Plymouth, to Launceston. It is a heritage railway centre where we are preserving steam and diesel locomotives, carriages, wagons, and other historic railway artifacts to recreate the atmosphere of a bygone age.We operate passenger trains on selected days over a section of the line from our station at Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge Platform.New and enthusiastic volunteers are needed in all departments, including Motive Power, Permanent Way, Carriage and Wagon, Building and Works, fund raising and retail outlets.
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“A slice of the Great Western past.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Visited the railway on Easter Sunday to ride to the new station at Plymbridge. The volunteers are great and with the new station you can get off and walk a good chunk of the old track. Cann Viaduct is not too far away and you can look through a scope at Peregrine Falcons nesting in the old quarry.

For many years this railway seemed to be going nowhere but it has really got on track over the last few years. You need to check when it is running but hopefully more progress to come. A good afternoon out.


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“Not Grand”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Although this is not the grandest of the supported railways it is still worthy of a visit, although you will need to check when it is open. The Plym valley is also worth the visit.

Visited October 2012
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“Steady but modest progress at Plym Valley Railway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

You can visit the Plym Valley Railway at the bottom end of the line just opposite the Coypool Park and Ride near the big Marsh Mills roundabout under the A38 flyover. The centre is usually open to the public only on Sundays from 11am. The next running is on Easter Sunday. The website link currently at the head of this listing is out of date or wrong but if you put Plym Valley Railway into the main search engines you will find the correct site address and link. The railway achieve a major milestone on 30th December 2012 when the platform at Plym Bridge was opened so that trains with passengers can now run that far up into the beautiful valley. Evidently there are hopes to run the line still further. Let's hope they are able to do this over time although they plainly need more volunteers members and resources. There is also a good 12minute clip on YouTube showing and commemorating the opening of the new platform/halt.

Visited December 2012
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Ray D, Web admin for PVR at Plym Valley Railway, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Thank you for a great review - I have updated the website information - and added a few pictures of the railway.
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“Plymouth's Transport Enthusiasts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Hidden away on the outskirts of Plymouth is a small preservation centre with a collection of loos and stock and a length of line which takes you into a lovely woodland setting.
Yes it's basic but the new Plym Bridge platform is similar to that built by the GWR and the Coypool site, according to their plans will be developed now.
The Railway has also linked in with the local Bus preservation group who, on our visit, had a display and sales stand present and a wonderfully preserved old Plymouth Corporation Bus providing free trips into the City Centre.
A real compliment to the Railway and well worth a visit

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“Section to Plym Bridge should be complete this year.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Still very small scale but with ambitions, this small volunteer railway expects to reach its first major milestone this year by completing and opening the section to the favourite local beauty spot at Plym Bridge. Who knows what next, up to Clearbrook on the moor and beyond?

Visited June 2012
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