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What remains of Bude station today?

Of the station site itself, which was used for a development of low-cost housing, nothing. The route of the Wharf branch is now a footpath which makes use of two old railway bridge across the River Neet, just about the only railway artefacts in evidence. The following photographs were taken on a very dreary summer's day, 29th July 2005.
 
The development on the site of the old station. The entrance was to the right of this view which is looking more or less in the direction of where the goods shed once stood. Note the reference to the site's former use in the name of the road!

photograph by Peter Richards

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Bude Looking across the River Neet towards the station site from the Wharf branch. The small beige coloured terraced buildings behind the rugby field are the present day occupants of where the station once was. The Wharf branch met up with a siding which formed its headshunt some way to the right of this picture.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
An information board for the Bude Local Nature Reserve in the marshes alongside the course of the Wharf branch pays some homage to the former line with particular mention of 21C106 Bude. The bird depicted is, appropriately enough, a Water Rail.

photograph by Peter Richards

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Bude One of the two remaining railway artefacts - the bridge that carried the Wharf branch over the River Neet, with suitable additional railings to make it safe for use as a footpath and cycleway. The second bridge, crossing some very marshy land, is almost impossible to photograph.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
Looking back towards the station, the Bude Canal is on the right whilst the path curving to the left is following the course of the railway line towards the bridge over the river, shown above. This was the end of a short loop where two tracks were squeezed between the canal path and the hedgerow.

photograph by Peter Richards

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Bude Looking in the opposite direction from near the other end of the loop. The branch passed to the right of the trees in the photograph, then crossed Falcon Road by means of an ungated level crossing. Both road and bridge have been rebuilt since the line closed, with no signs of the railway remaining there or on the Wharf side, though the rails of the old 2 foot gauge tramway that brought the sand up from the beach can still be seen. This tramway had replaced an even older 4 foot gauge plateway.

photograph by Peter Richards

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