In 1905 a through coach from and to Waterloo started running, as did the "Bude and North Cornwall Express". Leaving Waterloo at 11am, with the up service from Bude leaving at 10:15am, these were the forerunners of the "Atlantic Coast Express".
Looking towards the buffer stops with, from left to right, shunt signal Nº4 (loop to main) with trap point worked with points Nº13, Nº13 points (loco release), shunt signal Nº5 (main to loop) beyond points, a selection of sheds and the station master's greenhouse. In the background is DS 70146, which stood on a short isolated section of track and was used as overnight accommodation by additional engine crews during the summer months.

photograph by Chris Knowles-Thomas

Bude Looking along the main platform towards the buffer stops. The porters' room (tall chimney) and bay platform buffer stops are to the right, whilst on the left a Bulleid 3-Set (L) Nº781 is berthed in the back road.

photograph Nogel Brodrick collection

The railway was inspected on 9th August 1898 by Colonel F A Mandarin, RE, and though not quite complete was passed for traffic, subject to a speed restriction until the permanent way became "consolidated". There was a further line, "Railway Nº2", which led from the station across the marshes to the Wharf near the sea lock on the Bude canal. This line was for goods traffic only, so didn't require inspection.

The following day a Directors' Special came down the line, hauled by a virtually brand new Drummond C8 class, Nº290, from Exeter Queen Street to a much decorated Bude, with public services starting the day after, intitially of seven trains each way, weekdays only.

N class Nº31844 has arrived at Bude with a train from Okehampton on 21st April 1960. The loco will draw forward onto a headshunt, some 228¼ miles from Waterloo, then run back over a 'Y' point in order to run round the train.

photograph reproduced with kind permission of Joanes Publications

Bude The LSWR standard type 4 signal box contained a 36 lever Stevens Frame. With a fixed distant, four spare levers and three hand points the station layout was unusual in that almost any shunting movement required the signalman to set a route. The mineral wagon behind the box is standing on the spur beyond the turntable.

photograph by Chris Knowles-Thomas

Box diagram This image of the 'box diagram is a copy, not the original, and the copyright for it rests with Nigel Brodrick. Click on the diagram for a larger (1,250 x 635 pixel) version.
View from Nº22 points towards the buffer stops. From left to right can be seen the ash heap, engine shed, water tower, Nº2 up main platform and Nº1 bay platform starting signals, the goods shed and office.

photograph by Chris Knowles-Thomas


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