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The Harbour line from Elsbridge to Knapford was opened in 1885 and used horse traction. In 1905 the firm of A W Dry and Co. extended the line to the better port of Tidmouth as means of a road side tramway with "coffee pot" engines. This line was destroyed in 1908 and a new tunnel made in 1910. Amalgamation came in 1912 with the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway and the connection line built from Knapford to Crosby. When the NWR opened the Coffee pot engines remained in service but a bay platform was used at Knapford. Toryreck mines closed in 1925 but there was possibilities of new stone traffic from Ffarquhar and the line was extended. In 1956 the Knapford Harbour improvement scheme was started. The branch was rebuilt on an easier gradient and the stations moved to the North side of the river. The original line is now only used as freight.

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