This page was set up in 2018 to keep a year by year historical record of developments as they occur.
A great start to 2021 - our wish for the last 25 years achieved!
"BIDEFORD" NAMEPLATES PURCHASED !!
In March 2021 we purchased the nameplates and numberplate from 34019 "Bideford", bringing them back to the town where they belong.
Thanks to the Bideford Bridge Trust for their substantial grant and to others who made donations large and small.
The locomotive was named by the Mayor, William Chubb, at Bideford station in 1946 and it was scrapped by British Railways in 1967. The nameplate will be an appropriate companion to the coffee table that was presented to Mayor Chubb at the naming ceremony. This was donated to the Centre last year.
2020 was COVID-year, when we used the time to maintain our sites and collect display items.
In 2019 the new Interpretation Centre was opened by the Mayor of Bideford and the Planet diesel locomotive was driven into the station after a lengthy overhaul.
Our sites restored by 2018.