Tiverton Junction was first opened by the Bristol and Exeter Railway in1844 and it is here that the Tiverton Branch Line met the main rail line.Originally the station was named,"Tiverton Road",but with the opening of the Tiverton Branch Line in 1848,the name was changed.Tiverton Junction was a very busy station that handled a lot of freight from Tiverton and the Exe Valley Railway,as well as freight from the busy Culm Valley Branch Line and the nearby Lloyd Maunder butchers and meat processing factory.
The station was in constant use until 1986 when it was closed and the buildings demolished.It was replaced by the newly built Tiverton Parkway Station a few miles away at Sampford Peverell.
Tiverton Junction was such a complex station that it is difficult to know where to start,when trying to see what is still there.Much of the old site is now used for industrial purposes,so it is impossible to gain access to it.On part of the site there is now a scrap car yard,so with the cover story of looking for a spare hub cap(which was true),we set off into the yard to see what we might find.Inside we found an old station building that is used as an office and an old platform now used to pile up scrap cars on.We also found the hub cap we wanted which we were able to buy for a fiver.I am sure that there is much more still to be discovered around Tiverton Station,but we had now run out of time and had to return home.
That is not the end of this story though,as later that evening when I restudied some old maps of the line,I discovered some things that we had missed.Looking closer at a map I found that there were three more minor bridges as well as larger bridge that I had missed.
Map showing the location of the "Anomaly" near to the aqueduct
Firstly I noticed that near to the aqueduct there was a bridge like structure,that as I wasn't sure what it was,I started referring to it as,"The Anomaly".This structure didn't seem to make much sense,as it didn't really seem to lead to anywhere.I tried to research,but didn't really find any answers,but then I found these two pictures of the bridge.As I suspected it was a metal bridge that linked East Manley Bridge and the farms across it,with the fields and farms the other side of the railway line.If anyone knows anything more about it,please get in touch.
If you look through the arch on the right you can see the "anomaly" bridge
This picture shows the bridge after the lines closure
Obviously we had to back and have a look at,so once again off we set.No actual bridge remains at the site or any evidence at all of there ever being a bridge there. What does remain though,is a large earth bank that reminded me of something neolithic,that heads down to the picturesque East Manley Bridge on the canal in one direction and just disappears into a field in the other direction.The top of the earth bank is levelled into a track.After this we then went to investigate the other bridges that we had missed.