The branch to Lyme Regis had opened in 1903.
For the technically minded "radial" refers to the two wheel back axle which would, on most engines,be part of the rigid chassis. In the case of the Adams locos, this was a two-wheel pivoted bogie. So the locos were good for sharp corners.
Then the station at Lyme Regis ...
The declining line died on 29th November 1965.
Little remains in situ but, exceptionally, the Cannington viaduct still stands.
Could the line have survived? Should the line have survived? The train took between 21 minutes and 30 minutes and the station was a long way from the town centre at Lyme Regis.
The present bus service runs every hour at clock-face intervals. The bus takes 20 minutes, runs from centre to centre and connects with an hourly train service to London and Exeter. Frankly, it's MUCH better than the branch line ever was.
All the link lacks is simple through ticketing. Thanks to the turgid systems and hide-bound over-engineered administration on the railways, combined with short-sighted management all-round, this simple encouragement to travel seems a long way off.
Time to get it sorted!