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Steam homes; HERE'S OUR SELECTION OF SIX HOMES ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRACKS.

YOU don't have to be a train spotter to see yourself living in a railway cottage. Many buildings, abandoned when the last trains chuffed off sleepy branch lines, have proved to be great buys. Once converted they have great character, often retaining the atmosphere of steam. Here are some of the best around the country.

SHROPSHIRE

ONIBURY Station, near Craven Arms, was the stationmaster's cottage and has a Grade II listing.

The 20ft sitting room, with a door to the platform, was the old waiting room.

Now a five-bedroom house, it has a lovely two-acre garden and views to the back and the railway line at the front. The grounds include a summer house and a disused telephone exchange.

It comes with fitted kitchen including Whirlpool oven, study and two bathrooms. Contact GA (01584 875207).

pounds 250,000

NORTHUMBERLAND

THE Station House at Warkworth was built in 1847 and sits by an active railway line.

Now a four-bedroom house, it has a Duke of Northumberland waiting room - once reserved solely for the Duke so he didn't have to mingle with the common people. There is also a lounge, sun lounge, study, formal dining room, fitted kitchen, fabulous views and just the grandest front steps. Contact GA (01665 710172).

pounds 135,000

SOUTH DEVON

RAILWAY Cottage, Ashburton, is one of a pair of semi-detached homes built as the stationmaster's house for a branch of the South Devon Railway.

It has good access to south Dartmoor and the National Park, and is seven miles from Totnes.

The house has two reception rooms, fitted kitchen with a utility room, cloakroom and bathroom.

There is a large attic which could be converted into more rooms, subject to planning permission. Contact Michelmore Hughes (xxxxxxxxxx).

pounds 45,950

ARGYLL

NUMBER 2 Railway Cottages has only the width of the Glasgow to Oban line (six trains per day) separating it from the glorious shore of Loch Awe. It is 21 miles from Oban and has a village store, post office, tea room and pub as well as a free bus for children to both primary school and High School.

The end-of-terrace two-bedroom cottage, built for railway workers has been completely renovated, with built-in wardrobes, bookshelves and fitted kitchen.

Offers to Alexander Dawson (01631 563901).

pounds 38,000

BERWICKSHIRE

THE Old Station House, Reston, has been converted into two flats.

Flat 1 would make a good first-time buy or a holiday home - it's near Berwick, which is on the East Coast railway line.

The two-bedroom flat has a lounge with double glazing, a modern kitchen and two shower rooms.

It has gardens at the front and side and a stone-built outhouse.

Contact GA (01289 302828).

Over pounds 19,950

NORTH DEVON

CHAPELTON Station House, four miles from Barnstaple, still lies by the Barnstaple to Exeter line.

The Victorian, three bedroom house has the old platform and line at the front and terrific views to the River Taw at the back.

Many of the rooms have stripped and polished wooden floors. There are two kitchens on different floors, so the house could be divided.

It also has two balconies, sauna and large cottage gardens. Contact Webbers (01271 373404).

pounds 150,000
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Russell, Rosalind
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 8, 1998
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