Webpage created: February 11, 2016
Webpage updated: April 14, 2021
DEVONPORT KING'S ROAD STATION
The impressive overall roof of the
Devonport LSWR Station
When opened by the London and South Western Railway Company on Wednesday May 17th 1876 this was known as Devonport for Stonehouse Station and was the terminus of the Company's narrow gauge railway line that came down from Lydford intertwined with the South Devon and Tavistock Railway Company's broad gauge track from there to Plymouth. The line then branched off the South Devon Railway Company's main line at Cornwall Loop Junction and off the Cornwall Railway line at Devonport Junction to enter Devonport for Stonehouse Station from the east.
Having glided through Ford Tunnel and
Devonport Park Tunnel, a Down train emerges
The South Devon Railway had stopped short of entering Devonport so on the opening day of the LSWR Station the residents of the Town celebrated wildly with triumphal arches and church bells ringing continuously. No less than four regiments of foot trooped their colours at Mount Wise and a public dinner was given in the new goods shed. A refreshment room was provided on the Station. A new road was constructed from the Station to the bottom of Devonport Hill and Stonehouse Bridge. It was was later given the name King's Road.
Public passenger trains started the following day, May 18th, with the first train out of Devonport and Stonehouse being hauled by a locomotive named "Gem".
The frontage of Devonport LSWR Station.
The Station buildings included stores, offices and apartments for the station master. The platforms were originally arrival and departure ones, when it was a terminal station. They were covered with a roof 400 feet long by 130 feet wide. There was also a goods shed of 200 feet in length by 100 feet wide.
A branch line from the Station yard to Stonehouse Pool was constructed in 1876 but was not opened for goods traffic until March 1st 1886. Passenger trains came much later with the advent of the Ocean Quay Station.
When the Plymouth, Devonport and South Western Junction Railway Company opened its route from Lydford via Tavistock and Bere Alston, the up and down lines were reversed and Devonport for Stonehouse became a through station.
A wonderful panoramic view of Devonport King's Road Station
looking west, 1950s.
For the London and South Western Railway Company's train departure board in operation in both directions on weekdays and Sundays from June 7th until September 30th 1914, or until further notice, CLICK HERE.
On the afternoon of Wednesday September 8th 1915 Devonport Station received a Royal Visit when the King and Queen arrived by Great Western train. As this was after Devonport had been amalgamated with Plymouth and East Stonehouse, the Royal guests were greeted by the Mayor of Plymouth, Mr T Baker, along with Major-General A Penton, commander of the fortress and Admiral Sir George Egerton, commander of the naval station.
The frontage of Devonport King's Road Station,
Mr P C Hayman, Station Master at Friary Station, was responsible for Devonport Station in June 1948 and Mr F J Hammett of Friary Goods Depot was responsible for the Devonport Goods Depot.
It acquired the King's Road part of its title upon Nationalisation in 1948 when it became necessary to prevent confusion with the Western Region's Devonport Albert Road Station.
Rebuilt Battle of Britain class number 34056 "Croydon" pauses
at Devonport King's Road
According to the "The Official Hand-book of Station 1956" Devonport King's Road Station dealt with goods traffic, passengers, parcels, miscellaneous traffic, furniture vans, carriages, motor cars, portable engines and machines on wheels, live stock, horse boxes, prize cattle vans, and carriages and motor cars by passenger or parcels trains. It was not provided with a crane.
Devonport King's Road Station was closed to passengers from Monday September 7th 1964 when the Southern Region line was closed. It remained open for goods traffic until Thursday January 4th 1971, accessed only from Devonport Junction.
The Down platform at Devonport King's Road
The site of the Station and goods yard is now occupied by the City College.