OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: February 25, 2016.
Webpage updated: February 19, 2017

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RAILWAYS IN OLD DEVONPORT  |  BRITISH RAILWAYS  |  SOUTHERN REGION MAIN LINE 1955

CAMEL'S HEAD HALT

The staggered platforms of Camel's Head Halt,
on the LSWR/Southern Railway main line,
looking towards Ford and Devonport.

Camel's Head Halt was opened on Wednesday September 26th 1906 in connection with the London and South Western Railway's suburban service between Plymouth and Saint Budeaux for Saltash Railway Station.

As from October 1st 1922 Down trains called at 8.58am; 12.08pm except Saturdays; 12.18pm Saturdays only; 1.07pm; 2.02pm; and 4.35pm.  Between March 1st and September 30th there was an extra train at 5.17pm and between April 1st and September 30th another one at 7.23pm.  Up trains towards Saint Budeaux called at 8.35am; 12.39pm; 1.20pm; 3.53pm; and 4.50pm.  Between March 1st and September 30th there was an extra train at 6.40pm and between April 1st and September 30th another one at 6.23 in the morning.  All trains were third class only.  There was no Sunday service.

The situation in March 1942, twenty years further on, was worse with only one Up train, the 1.22pm from Friary calling at 1.46pm although an extra one, the 12.10pm from Friary, called on Saturdays only at 12.32pm.  Only one Down train to Plymouth called, the 8.11am from Bere Alston, which called at 8.28am.

Although one would have thought that the apparent lack of passengers would have been a good enough reason for the Southern Railway Company to close it down but it was the fact that it had wooden platforms and that these posed a fire threat to local houses that brought the closure of Camel's Head Halt as from Sunday May 4th 1942.  It is odd, though, that this was over a year after the big Blitz on Devonport so perhaps it was more of an excuse than a reason.