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The Exe Valley Railway was a branch line in Devon built by the Great Western Railway.It was in constant use from 1884 until the line was closed to passengers on the 7th October 1963.

It ran for almost 25 miles through beautiful Devon countryside and is still a happy memory for those who were lucky enough to travel along this picturesque route.

Although the line has been dismantled,most of the line remains unbuilt on,a tantalising thought that leaves open the possibility,however small,of the track one day being relaid and once again people travelling by train this beautiful route.  

What it Looks Like Today:  Scott's Quarry Siding

     Those of you that read my previous article, What it Looks Like Today: Bampton Station, will remember that after looking around Bampton,my little gang and I didn't return home,but instead went to investigate the old siding that linked Scott's Quarry to Bampton Station.

If you walk down towards the industrial estate in Bampton,you will come to a footpath that leads to the housing estate that was built on the old quarry works,suitably called Scott's.If you walk down this path,after you have walked down the winding bit,you will come to a long straight section.You are now on the old siding.

       "How do you know that that is the old siding?",I hear you cry.Well,I know it's the old siding for various reasons,but mainly because,unbelievably, there is still a length of track there!(Thanks to my son Cai who discovered it).You can find this old piece of track for yourself,by looking off the path to the right, when facing the housing estate.Be careful when doing this though,as there are still inconsiderate and illegal dog owners,who allow their dogs to foul this area without cleaning it up(one of my pet hates,can you tell?).I believe that this piece of track was part of the old passing place or loop(see diagram).


This photo is obviously from sometime between 1880 and 1904,as the siding is there,but only the bridge over the Batherm has been built.It would be interesting to know when and why the other bridge was built.Note the passing place.



       There has been quarrying in Bampton,probably since Roman times and this peaked towards the end of the Victorian times.If you study the 1889 map you will notice that there is no siding to the quarry works.Compare this with the 1904 map and you will now notice that the siding has been added and so have two bridges.Out of interest you may also notice that there is also an old tramway going into Bampton Woods.I haven't discovered this yet,but maybe I will one day.

1889 map with no siding

1904 map with siding and bridges added.Note also how extensive the quarrying is in Bampton




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0 #1 The Great Steamer 2015-10-21 14:22
It is interesting to see that the signal box is so far away from the actual station. Why was this ?

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News From Down the Line

newslogo44Every now and then when I talk to people and they hear of my interest in the Exe Valley Railway,they tell me little bits of information or recall an old memory.It always amazes me how even today,more than 50 years after it's closure,the fondness with which people remember the railway and how fresh the memories seem to be to them.

This little section of the website is to pass on to you these little "titbits" and any other small pieces of information that I have come across.

Exe Valley train Exeter St Davids 1962250



04/09/18 I was recently contacted by one of our readers Barry Hilton,who when younger visited the Southwest and took some pictures down at Exeter St.Davids.This is what he told me.

"Taken 'in my teens', by a SLR Dacora II camera, on Ilford colour film, 120 size negs (2 1/4 inch square). It was the only colour film that I used as they were relatively expensive for me at the time, something like 22/6d.Taken in the summer of 1962 as a result of a family holiday in the South West, I would travel the railway systems of the area taking photos whilst the rest of the family spent most of the time on the beach. I seem to remember buying a 'runabout' ticket for 10/6d which covered all the Exe Valley system at the time." 



Memories of the EVR

If you have any memories of the Exe Valley Railway that you would like to share with us,please get in contact with me and maybe we could publish them on our website.Likewise,if you have any photographs or film related to the railway that you would like to share,please contact me.   

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