An independent standard-gauge line with no direct connection into the wider network...
And it is shown in this form in the RCH Atlas of 1904, created for mileage charge purposes on traffic which utilised more than one company's rail route. The implication of this is that at least one of freight consignments and/or through booked passenger journeys were possible... The narrow gauge style centre coupler and buffing arrangement thoroughly makes the point that this line was not intended to be part of the national network.
Governmentally mediated requistioning of the line's assets resulting in its hardware being lost at sea, makes a most appropriate epitaph for such wrongheaded notions! If only W.S. Gilbert had still been alive at the time of this event, he might have created a satiric libretto on the subject.
The railway promoter of bunk,
Building a line without a junc,
Shall live to see,
Its loss eternally,
Beneath the ocean's waves sunk.
Lest any think that he might not have been so harsh, I refer to his well known ridicule of the LNWR's inability to run trains on time on summer holiday Saturdays, in his letter to The Times.
"In the face of Saturday the officials of the company stand helpless and appalled. This day, which recurs at stated and well-ascertained intervals, is treated as a phenomenon entirely outside the ordinary operations of nature, and, as a consequence, no attempt whatever is made to grapple with its inherent difficulties. To the question, "What has caused the train to be so late?" the officials reply, "It is Saturday" — as who should say, "It is an earthquake." ."