Station Group Activities

Fund Raising.  In order to assist with the funding of upkeep and repairs to the station buildings and its environments, the Station Group sells all types of books and magazines in the Monster. On special days, there is a stall set out on the platform under the Canopy to augment the sales area, and attract passengers to alight from the train.  When the Booking Office is open, there is usually a supply of sweets and soft drinks available for purchase.

Group Away Days.
The Totnes Group went on a visit to the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway at Woody Bay, on Saturday, 9th July 2016. As usual the travel was by by rail from South Devon stations, and connecting to Woody Bay by local bus services. After two rides on the train, we returned to the bus transport services, and travelled on to Lynton for a ride on the water powered cliff railway.

The Group enjoyed a trip to the Steam Museum at Swindon, and the great Western Society Depot at Didcon, on Saturday, October 31st 2015.  Paul Hope was once again the organiser.

Our most recent AWAY DAY was on Saturday. 27th June 2015, when we visited the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway.  Our party of 10 members travelled by Cross Country Trains to and from Cheltenham, where a bus ride was taken across the town to the Race Course station.  Paul Hope is the expert organiser of these trips.

One of our recent AWAY DAYS was on Saturday, 8th November 2014 - a trip to London to cover the Cutty Sark exhibition and a number of other possible attractions.

Nine members of the Totnes Station Group headed off to the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway on October 4th to 6th 2013. They travelled by train and stayed in Folkestone for two nights.  We were made most welcome, and enjoyed a tour of the Shed and Works at New Romney. Refreshments were taken at Dungeness.  There was surprise for the party upon arrival at Dymchurch in the morning, when they were joined by Colin Kerswill and Hugh (an expert on the Bullied Pacifics). Below is a picture of the Group - especially for Colin Kerswill!

The Totnes Station Group visited the Bluebell Railway on Saturday, 6th July 2013.  The Leader was Paul Hope.  Travel was by by rail from South Devon to East Grinstead, via London. The trip home was via "the scenic route" due to delays caused by a Southern train fault at Hurst Green. This led to the group having insufficient time to reach Victoria and then Paddington in time for the last train of the evening to bring us home.  The plan then became a change at Clapham Junction and catch a South West Trains 159 heading for Exeter - you know, the route that seems to stop at every farmhouse across the south of England. Once in Exeter, we were summoned to the Train Managers Office at St. Davids (spotting Ernest Elsworth Wilson on the way), and then sent to Newton Abbot, Totnes or Plymouth by Taxi, as all the connecting trains had already departed from Exeter.  To cap it all, the Bluebell could only muster one active steam loco on the day - the 9F. We are hoping to publish a photo of the group, taken at Sheffield Park, by their version of John Brodribb (the Museum steward on the day).

The members of the Station Group do from time to time, visit other Heritage Railways and the picture below shows them on a visit to the Spa Valley Railway, seen here at Groombridge, near Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, in June 2009.
Saturday, 5th November 2011 saw a number of the Group visiting the Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth.  Travel was of course by First Great Western Trains.
Those pictured above are:- Nigel Beaman, Dave Kelland, Chris Bowden, Ken Howells, Steve Samways, Ian Yolland, Allan Lovegrove, Paul Hope, Dave Richards, Richard Underhill, Tony Lees, and Ted Parrott.

The Station Group next paid a visit to the East Lancs Railway at Bury, on Saturday, 14th July 2012.  The organiser was Paul Hope.  All the participants enjoyed their day.

The next away day was on Saturday 15th September 2012, when the group visited the railways in Cornwall, by train from Totnes main line station.  This all went according to plan and the participants came home very pleased with their day.


The Station Staff  worked hard during the 2013 season to keep the station staffed throughout, but at times had to call for help "from the other end of the line".  Marina and Alan Michelmore, Denis Johnson, Gordon Hall, Ernest Elsworth-Wilson, Mike Webb,  and Andy Stevens joined two other regulars from the other end - Keith Juett and Ted Parrott. Collectively it would seem that they failed to maintain the takings of the 2012 season, in common with most other attractions in South Devon.. One regular platform worker commented about the seemingly excessive number of toilet rolls which they installed into the holders, while another noted the gaining of confidence in tying up the black bin liners of rubbish for transport to Buckfastleigh.   Our staff this past season has been well supported by William Lark, Peter Short, Rob Neale, Keith and Rosemary Jessop, Colin Stone, Thomas Freeman, John Keohane, Peter Upton and Ken Howells, plus some others which I have probably omitted accidentally.

David Hughes remains in charge of Rostering for the Station - and aims to get a Booking Clerk and Station Assistant for every day that the railway operates.
If you can assist him with his task, by offering your services, please contact him on 01803 529410. (In 2018 David moved to Dorchester and his new number is 01205 368080).  We always want new volunteers at Totnes.  
As usual with any buildings and structures, there is always the ongoing requirement for maintenance. You will be most welcome to join us at Totnes Littlehempston on any Saturday.   You can contact the Group Chairman and Leader, Allan Lovegrove on 01803 550236 for further information.