KINGSBRIDGE and District Light Railway Company has submitted a planning application to South Hams Council to bring back the little quayside train.

Steve Mammatt, ActionWest, has been on track to bring the miniature railway back to Kingsbridge since November. The original train ran along the side of the estuary between 1969 and 1991, giving rides to children and adults.

South Hams Council is now asking for comments and letters of support or objection. You can submit letters on the website: and search for application number 28/1046/15/F.

The latest date for comment is Saturday, June 6.

Steve made his original presentation to Kingsbridge Town Council in November, 'to gauge local support for the plans'.

The council were supportive in principle and will look at the plans at their next planning meeting on June 2.

A photo of the old train on the Facebook page 'Kingsbridge Old Locals' was the catalyst for the project, after it received comments about how much it was missed.

According to Kings-bridge Information Centre, 'where has the train gone?' is a frequent question.

Local support for the application is strong, with the Light Railway Facebook page receiving over 700 'likes'.

The train would no longer be able to run on the same side – the car park side closest to the Leisure Centre – but Steve hopes to have it run along the other side on Embankment Road.

The early plan would be to run from the Quay end of the estuary to the sheltered seating area opposite the recreation ground.

For more on this story, see this week's Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette