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Above: Our photographer realises that this does not, on the face of it, appear to have much to do with railway rambling, but bear with us. This is Bristol LH6L registration BDV 318L on route 103 from Kingsbridge to California Cross on a bus running day from Kingsbridge in the South Hams area of Devon. The first such running day took place in 2008, since when this annual event has become a very popular feature in the Kingsbridge calendar. For future reference, it always takes place on the third Saturday in September and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with services departing from and returning to the bus station on Kingsbridge Quay. 21st September 2013. (Phil Mullarkey)

 
Above: One of the special features on this year's Kingsbridge bus running day was the opportunity provided by a 5 minute stop on some of the services for a quick walk around Loddiwell station on the former GWR branch line from South Brent to Kingsbridge. This is the road side of the station, which is now a private residence. The chance to view the exterior of the station was quite unexpected and a delightful surprise for the passengers. 21st September 2013. (Phil Mullarkey)
 
Above: This is the platform side of the station, from which it will be seen at once that the canopy survives along with a signal box in the distance, to the left of the level crossing gate. (The box is an 'import' from another site.) All this, and the station's excellent state of repair, are classic signs of the work of a railway enthusiast! 21st September 2013. (Phil Mullarkey)
 
Above: Staying in the west country, this is the charming little station at West Bay which was once the terminus of the branch line from Maiden Newton on the still operational line from Dorchester to Castle Cary. This station could so easily have been lost: by the late 1970s, it was barely visible due to the tangled mass of vegetation that threatened to engulf it, but now it serves as 'The Tea Station' and adds character and interest to the village's large car park – which otherwise would be an extremely dull place. The trackbed from here to the south end of Bridport is now a multi use trail. 30th April 2011. (Mike Rutter)
 
Above: The Bridport branch finally left the Bridport conurbation east of Bradpole, where the level crossing still survives (see Photo Gallery 45). The other ralway feature of note in Bradpole is this attractive wrought iron kissing gate, which once protected a footpath over the line. Gates of this style, easily recognisable because of the decorative flourishes along their top rail, can be found all the way between here and Maiden Newton. They exist because the line was built by an independent company – the Bridport Railway – which did things its own way rather taking a supply of standard gates from the mighty Great Western Railway. 30th April 2011. (Mike Rutter)
 
Above: Breamore station in west Hampshire was situated on the former LSWR line from Salisbury to West Moors; it has featured in this website quite often during the last few years due both to its restoration and the re-development of the accompanying station yard for new housing. This delightful summer view looking south towards West Moors shows the station after it had been restored, but before the new houses had been built in the yard; their proximity makes the current view from this position look rather more cramped. 4th July 2011. (Brian Loughlin)
 
Above: This photograph of Pont y Cafnau was located by the late Ralph Rawlinson and sent to us with the news that the bridge was commemorated at a civil engineering conference in Merthyr Tydfil on 21st May 2011. Its name means the 'bridge of troughs': it is Grade II* listed and a scheduled Ancient Monument, since it is the world's earliest surviving iron railway bridge. The 47ft iron truss structure over the River Taff in Merthyr Tydfil was designed by Watkin George and built in 1793 to support both a tramway and an aqueduct to carry limestone and water into the the Cyfarthfa Ironworks. An information panel created for the event was installed along the Taff Trail. 9th March 2007. ('Locus Imagination' used under the terms of this Creative Commons Licence)
 
Above: Member Graham Cox thinks that the Cambrian Railway Society is responsible for this pleasant bit of re-creation work at Llanerchayron Halt on the ex-GWR branch line from Lampeter to Aberaeron, or 'Aberayron' to use the railway's anglicised version of the name. (The trackbed here is an official railway path, right through to Aberaeron on the coast.) The building – a typical GWR-style pagoda shelter – is corrugated zinc with a school bench inside, while the lettering on the sign is masking tape (!) on wooden planks. Although taken on the photographer's mobile phone, this picture has come out well enough to be published: after all, it's not every day that one comes across a building like this on a disused railway. 30th May 2011. (Bob Morgan)
 

Above: This is the same halt facing the other way (i.e. east), looking back towards Lampeter, which was the junction station for the Aberaeron branch. From time to time, the loaded platform trolley seen above appears to complete the scene. We gather that the National Trust, which is responsible for this area (and Llanerchaeron Mansion), accepted the facsimile halt but didn't actually provide any help to the Cambrian Railway Society, which installed it. The masking tape sign faithfully reproduces the railway's anglicised spelling of the village name, which also appeared in timetables as Llanerch-ayron. Spring 2011. (Grahame Cox)