June 2022 – Heathfield, Devon.

The Heath Rail Link is a public interest group formed with the intention of purchasing and reopening the line from Newton Abbot to Heathfield in Devon, initially as a commuter link, and later as a heritage line. Their plans include restoring Platforms 9 and 10 at Newton Abbot and relaying track in the latter, in readiness for a train service. As reported in the recent Walk Reports Supplement, the track along the branch remains in situ as far as Heathfield, and the last freight train ran as recently as 2015. (Ivor Sutton)