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The “Atlantic Coast Express” gets steam up ready to depart WATERLOO STATION on March 5th 1964  

(‘Merchant Navy’ No 35028 Clan Line)

 Coaches and Destinations:

The rear coach was shed at Salisbury and worked forward by a succeeding slow engine, eventually terminating at Seaton.  Two coaches came off at Sidmouth Junction; one for Sidmouth, one for Exmouth.  The Restaurant Cars came off at Exeter where the train split in two: 

ONE).  The Ilfracombe portion which dropped off a Torrington portion at Barnstaple Junction. 

TWO).  The Padstow portion which dropped off a portion for Plymouth at Okehampton and a portion for Bude at Halwill Junction. 

 Nine separate divisions of coaches with eleven locomotives sharing in their haulage to the final destinations! 



Atlantic Highway (A39) Naming History:

The name "Atlantic Highway" originated because of the North Coast's strong ties to the Southern Railway's "Atlantic Coast Express". The "ACE" ran daily from London, Waterloo, to the North Devon and North Cornwall coast from 1926 until 1964. During this period, the"ACE" became a well known symbol of travel to the traditional west country holiday.

www.king-arthur.co.uk                                King Arthur in Cornwall

The popular holiday destination of Bude on the North Cornwall Coast.

Bude Station some 228 miles from Waterloo 

(Photograph 5/03/1964).
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