From the Camel to the Exe

From the Camel to the Exe


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by Jeffery Grayer

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That vast swath of glorious countryside lying between the Rivers Camel and Exe contained the very photogenic route of the North Cornwall line. Terry Gough, Gerald Daniels, Dick Riley and many others whose photographic collections have passed into the safe keeping of the Transport Treasury fortunately recorded scenes from Padstow to Exeter on film. From Bulleid pacifics and the graceful Greyhounds to the humblest tank locomotive, and not ignoring the architecture of its wayside stations, their cameras captured images from the dying days of steam on this section of the sorely missed Withered Arm.


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Weight 540 g
Dimensions 27.3 × 21.5 cm









273 x 215 mm



6 reviews for From the Camel to the Exe

  1. 5 out of 5


    Great book lovely photos very well reproduced highly recommended

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nigel Pocock

    The publication is well produced and the photographs, together with the captions are of a high standard. The one drawback is that the photographs are bias towards the very late 1950s and 1960s, while there are relatively very few for the years previous to 1958. Also the Bude branch has not been included.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Graham Thorne

    Of the making of books on the Southern west of Exeter, there seems to be no end. And so I confess I hesitated to buy this latest one. But I did and I am glad I did. Not only are the pictures of high quality but the captions are detailed and splendidly informative. As a result I learnt from the book three things I did not know namely, that one Battle of Britain Class loco had no crest and was nearly a totally different engine, that the GWR planned a cut-off for its Newquay branch and that the name “Withered Arm” came from a Thomas Hardy story. [People still say that Roche coined it but in his book Withered Arm is in quotation marks.]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Long

    5 Star

    Excellent coverage of the former Southern’s “Withered Arm”.

    Would have been more delighted if it had included some coverage of the Halwill Junction – Torrington Line (North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paul Rowlinson

    This is a cracking book with some truly excellent photographs. I never had the benefit of riding over this line so the great selection of photos inside really bring it to life. Thoroughly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5


    5 stars

    A good book with fantastic photos


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