Webpage created: April 11, 2016.
Webpage updated: May 14, 2017
SALTASH SUBURBAN SERVICE
The inaugural run of the Great Western Railway Company's rail motor suburban service between Plympton, Plymouth and Saltash Stations left Plymouth Station at Millbay at 2,45pm on Tuesday May 31st 1904 and ran to Plympton Station stopping on the way at Lipson Vale Halt and Laira Halt.
It left one of the two cars at Plympton and returned to Plymouth and then took the line to Saltash Station, calling on the way at Wingfield Villas Halt, Ford Halt and Saint Budeaux Halt. A speed of 50 miles per hour was attained.
The return journey to Plymouth Station was accomplished in ten minutes and the party were then entertained to refreshments in the waiting room.
The full public service started on Wednesday June 1st 1904.
In 1908 locomotives 2120 and 2140 were being used on the service and 2132 later followed them.
Around 1928, so the late Mr Bernard Y Williams recalled, steam railcar number 72 was brought to Plymouth to operate on the Yealmpton branch, where traffic was falling due to increased competition from motor buses. The railcar did one return trip per day to Saltash around midday.
As from Monday July 7th 1930 the service between Plympton Station and North Road Plymouth Station was cut to just one train, the 8am from Plympton through to Saltash.
From Thursday January
1st 1948 the Saltash suburban service passed into the hands of
Railways Western Region.