Little is known about this railway, but it was originally horse-operated and was opened in 1883 as the Knapford and Elsbridge Railway and went from Knapford to Elsbridge. In 1908, Sir Topham Hatt, the engineer for the railway, designed engines nicknamed "Coffee Pots" to help build an extension to Tidmouth. Following the extension, the line was renamed the Tidmouth, Knapford and Elsbridge Railway. In 1912, it was amalgated with the Wellsworth and Suddery Railway to form the Tidmouth, Wellsworth, and Suddery Railway. Two years later, the railway joined with the Sodor and Mainland Railway to create the North Western Railway.

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