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In January 1872 the Dartmouth & Torbay railway company was absorbed into the South Devon Railway & in 1882 the lines between Newton Abbot & Kingswear became part of the GWR.

At the time of opening the ferries that connected Dartmouth Station to the railhead at Kingswear were operated as a Franchise this.

During the first and second world wars regular passenger traffic and tourist traffic was interrupted.However this was more than compensated for because of The Royal Navy presence at Dartmouth which meant that many special trains ran.

After the second world war regular passenger services and holiday traffic returned to previous levels.

Dartmouth railway station was a booking office for train tickets located on the quayside of Dartmouth in the English county of Devon.

While there has never been a railway line at the site, it was possible to book through tickets to and from Dartmouth via the office, accessing trains by travelling on Dartmouth Passenger Ferry to or from Kingswear railway station on the opposite bank of the River Dart.

Accordingly, the office was classed as a "railway station" for ticketing purposes if purchasing an integrated ticket combining rail and ferry travel.

The Station has been visited by many members of The Royal Family and famously Winston Churchill.

A born leader

Winston Churchill was born on 30 November 1874, in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire and was of rich, aristocratic ancestry. Although achieving poor grades at school, his early fascination with militarism saw him join the Royal Cavalry in 1895. As a soldier and part-time journalist, Churchill travelled widely, including trips to Cuba, Afghanistan, Egypt and South Africa.

He was First Lord of the Admiralty (the civil/political head of the Royal Navy) by the time of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, which he created. Heavily criticised for this error, he resigned from this position and travelled to the Western Front to fight himself.

Following the Tory electoral defeat in 1929, Churchill lost his seat and spent much of the next 11 years out of office, mainly writing and making speeches. Although he was alone in his firm opposition to Indian Independence, his warnings against the Appeasement of Nazi Germany were proven correct when the Second World War broke out in 1939.

Churchill, who also adopted the self-created position of Minister for Defence, was active both in administrative and diplomatic functions in prosecuting the British war effort. Some of his most memorable speeches were given in this period and are credited with stimulating British morale during periods of great hardship.

Memorable Quotes

"In success you deserve it and in defeat you need it"

"Remember gentlemen its not just France we are fighting for its Champagne"

"I may be drunk Madame, but in the morning, I will be sober and you will still be ugly" - reportedly said in the House of Commons to Labour MP Bessie Braddock

"I have taken more out of alcohol than it has taken out of me"