History of the Line 1962-1976
When the Dart Valley Railway took over reinstating the signalling on the branch was little work although signal arms had to be purchased and refitted to the posts. The signalling layouts remained unaltered from the GWR/BR days and were re-commissioned in time for the official opening in April 1969. The layouts worked well for two seasons but in mid 1971 it was announced that the section between Buckfastleigh and Ashburton would have to close and be dismantled for the construction of the new Devon Expressway.
Now with train only able to be run between Totnes and Buckfastleigh the signal box at Buckfastleigh was at the ‘wrong’ end of the layout. At the end of 1971 the track layout at Buckfastleigh was redesigned, the old yard mostly disappearing under the new road embankment, the loop was shortened and new sidings were created on the other side of the line. The signal box stayed in operation for a while longer, surrounded by piles of earth and plant machinery, it was taken out of use for the second time one the 5th July 1972. The points were converted back to ground levers and were normally left clipped and padlocked for the main line, and the signals remained un-used. The newly formed S & T department working with the DVR company turned attention to a re-signalling scheme for Buckfastleigh based around the installation of an 8-lever frame at the south end of the station layout. Talks then led on to thoughts of a new signal box, a plan which was favoured, plans were drawn up for a new box on the main platform next to the pagoda hut. It was around this time the wooden bracket signal post at the south end of the station was found to be rotten and was replace by a single tubular steel post.
It took some time to prepare detailed drawings for this new box, and in the mean time a ground frame was prepared with all rodding and wire runs put in place but it appears that this was never officially commissioned by the Railway Inspectorate.
In the mean time the old signal box had been repainted and was being used as an Association sales and information point.
Practical support for the signalling on the railway dwindled and work on the new signal box never started, the signals and points remaining hand operated.