Crossing paves way for Tarka northern push

DEVON’S Tarka Valley Railway has installed veloSTRAIL level crossing panels for the foot crossing at Torrington station.

The panels, installed onNovember 20, have sealed flangeways which provide an uninterrupted path over the crossing so that cycle tyres, dog paws and buggy wheels do not get stuck.

The same day, 16 tons of 50/20 limestone ballast was accepted in preparation for the laying of the next track panels scheduled for the new year.

Two days after the panels were installed, the railway’s Fowler 60hp diesel shunter Progress (No. 4000001 of 1945) made the first run over the new crossing. TVR

Tarka Valley Railway is one of the first heritage railways in the UK to use the veloSTRAIL product. A major proportion of the cost of the crossing panels was funded by Torridge District Council.

Following on from laying the first track panel in August, this operation is part of the planned expansion towards Bideford.

The team’s next tasks are to position the new gateposts and gates.

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