hee hee hee
the views, at night !!!
Exeter to Starcross, Brunel's pressurised tube railway ended up a failure as they couldn't find a sealant that was weatherproof and wear and tearproof enough to last any length of time. The pumphouse at Starcross still exists and going to see it is a good excuse to have a draught beer in one of the lovely nearby pubs....er, wait a mo ;9.....but seriously, the line from Exeter St. Thomas to Starcross is straight as an arrow and as a consequence, back in the day before Elf and Safety, BR drivers in Intercity 125s liked to absolutely floor it on that stretch...an experience I used to love, especially coming back from abroad...watching the beautiful Exe estuary streak by before the majestic turn onto the coast and then back in for a more eisurely chug down the Teign. One of the most beautiful stretches of railway in England ( There are lovely ones in Wales and Jockland as well ).There were many rail systems (some passenger but mostly transporting other items) that ran on exerting air pressure or running vacuum through self-sealing split rubber tubes in the 19th & 20th Cs.
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