Welcome to Exe Valley Railway.com

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.  

 Bridge 2

     If you walk back towards the river,you will come to the older and bigger bridge 2 that crosses the river Batherm.When I first climbed down this bank just to have a nose around,I was amazed that this bridge was here.It really is a lovely bridge and it's a great shame that more people are not able to view it,due to its location and being overgrown.

If you look at the roof of the bridge you will see hundreds of stalactites that have formed over the years and if you look on the stone bank,you can mineral deposits from dripping water,that over many years have formed small mounds.It's worth making the climb down just to see this.

Walking under the bridge and to the other side,you will notice a metal object with a handle sticking out of the ground(see pics).I'm sure it must have something to do with the quarry works,but I don't know what.Maybe they were taking water out of the river to use in quarrying process?

    Very pleased with all our exploring and findings,my little troop and I,set to go home.Getting back up to the path,is equally as hazardous as getting down.The bank is steep and slippery in places,so excercise caution at all times when ascending.We made it to the top with a few bramble scratches,but with smiles on our faces at the end of our adventure around Bampton and it's historic railway past.   


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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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