June 2022 – Torrington, Devon.

The Puffing Billy Café, located in the old station building at Torrington, Devon on what is now the popular Tarka Trail, has new owners who say they are committed to retaining it as a community hub. The building itself is owned by a charity, Tarka Valley Railway, and retains a number of items dating back to the time when it was a working railway station. Judging by a recent photo in the local press, the coach standing at the platform could do with a lick of paint once other renovations are completed, yet hanging baskets are planned for the front of the café in ode to the last station master to work at the station. Passenger services ended in the 1960s but the last freight train ran in 1983. (Steven Hills)