Does this auction property provide a perfect platform for investors to be on track for a handy holiday home on the English Riviera?

RAILWAY enthusiasts or holiday makers could be on the right track if they invest at auction in a disused signal box near Torquay right on England’s world famous  Riviera coast.

The imposing Grade II listed, three floor, rectangular brick and glass fronted signal box, is right on the platform at busy Great Western Railways Torre Station.

The unique property, which dates back to when the railway station opened in 1848,  is being offered for sale by Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions.

Sean Roper, of Paul Fosh Auctions, said: “We’ve had a great deal of interest from rail enthusiasts and also from local people for the former signal box. The top floor of the property is even equipped with all its now, non-functioning rows of ancient signal levers and handles and a signalman’s armchair. The top floor signal room has a cast iron,  pot-bellied coal fed stove dating from the age of steam, wood paneling and high ceilings and is flooded with light from the panoramic windows.

“What makes this of  particular interest is that the railway line to the English Riviera at Torquay is still very much in use both by tourists, commuters and by school children.

“We’ve built up a fair reputation for having individual, quirky lots at our auctions among the more traditional properties and this is most certainly among the most unusual we’ve offered over the years.

“I’d say the property would be just perfect for the avid train spotter or perhaps a holiday home owner who wants to be able to  go on a weekend away and simply step from the train and be at home. The signal box is within walking distance of Torquay’s beach and attractions. It really is a wonderful opportunity for those who prefer something a little bit different.”

The former signal box, which has full planning for conversion to a holiday home, is being offered with a guide price of £54,000 plus.

The accommodation comprises three floors with proposed plans to have a snug ground floor living area, first floor bedroom with en suite and the third floor, having an open plan dining room and kitchen.

Torre railway station, which has two platforms in use, is a suburban station on the Riviera Line in Torquay, Devon. The railway station is 219 miles from London Paddington.

The station is managed by Great Western Railway but is not staffed. The railway station with its ornate main buildings and intricate designed passenger footbridge was designated a world heritage site in January 1975.

The former signal box is among some seventy properties which will be offered for sale by Paul Fosh Auctions in its online sale from Tuesday, February 2 starting at 12 noon and ending from 5pm on Thursday, February 4.