Posters, railwayana and other details at Buckfastleigh station

2013 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - stationBuckfastleigh station on the South Devon Railway is a delightful station and an example of the heritage movement creating something bigger and more impressive than it was in GWR and BR days.2013 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - signal boxLast year I visited the South Devon Railway and gave a tour of the line and also some of the local attractions (click here to read more).  A more up-to-date revisit has been given since (click here for more) plus a blog post on Collett Goods class 3205 has been published. In this blog post we have a different look at the station, particularly reflecting on the posters and railwayana to be found there.

2013 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - Booking Office signPride of place goes to the number and nameplate of GWR Castle class 5069; named “Isambard Kingdom Brunel”.  Brunel was of course the man who built much of the Great Western Railway and was an engineer way ahead of his time.  These nameplates are found in the booking office.

2013 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - 5069 Isambard Kingdom Brunel nameplates  In the adjacent waiting room are some very appropriate nameplates!  1005 “County of Devon”‘s nameplates can be found there.

2013 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - 1005 County of Devon nameplatesMarketing and branding is often considered a modern art, but look a little closer at heritage railway sites and you will find that it has been around in abundance for some time.  Take the fantastic GWR bench below as a great example!

2013 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - GWR benchBuckfastleigh station has a variety of different buildings of interest, take the large tin storage (Pagoda) hut in the picture below for example, which is a fantastic looking structure full of character.

2013 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - station Pagoda hutFinally I’ll leave you with a gallery of period posters and adverts to be found at Buckfastleigh station.

Thanks for reading folks 🙂