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A railway station serving Torquay had been opened by the South Devon Railway on 18 December 1848, but this station was on the hill distant from the town centre and harbour. A new station near Abbey Sands was opened by the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway on 2 August 1859 when the original station was renamed Torre.
Goods traffic continued to be handled at the original station, the new one retaining a more genteel atmosphere with just passengers, their horse and carriages.
The Dartmouth and Torbay Railway was always operated by the South Devon Railway and was amalgamated with it on 1 January 1872. This was only short lived as the South Devon Railway was in turn amalgamated into the Great Western Railway on 1 February 1876.
The present station buildings date from 1878 when new facilities were opened. A small signal box was opened at each end of the station at the same time, that at the Paignton end now being rented out as an office.
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