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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.  

 

A Day on the West Somerset Railway

 

      When I found out that my relatives were visiting from America,I thought,"Where can we go for a day out?" Living in the West Country,there are many varied and excellent answers to that question,but obviously,my mind turned to steam trains.What I would like to have been able to say is,"Lets spend the day on the Exe Valley Railway",but alas I had to instead say,"Lets spend the day on the West Somerset Railway."

 We drove to Minehead and despite the £5.80 charge for the day,decided to park in the car park right next to the station.I had bought our rover tickets online,as you get a discount if you buy your tickets at least seven days in advance, so we could board the train straight away.

My plan was to travel all the way to Bishops Lydeard,so we could experience travelling the entire length of the line.We would then travel back,stopping off at different stations.Our planned route was:

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Minehead>Bishops Lydeard

Bishops Lydeard>Stogumber

Stogumber>Doniford Halt

Doniford Halt>Watchet

Watchet>Blue Anchor

Blue Anchor>Minehead

     WSR Timetable showing our route

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Minehead to Bishops Lydeard

   I have been on smaller train journeys before and you almost can't enjoy or appreciate it,as you know that it will be over fairly soon,so it was nice just to sit back knowing that I had 1 hr 18 mins of steam train journey ahead of me.

It was an utter pleasure travelling along.The scenery was lovely and all the noises the train made, took me back to a different time.I particularly liked putting my head out the door windows and watching the engine steaming away and all the smells the engine made mixed in with the countryside smells were hypnotic.

We arrived at Bishops Lydeard too quickly for my liking and then crossed the track to start our trip back.

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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.

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26/8/16  If you have visited Tiverton recently,you have probably noticed that there are some Tivvy Bumper sculptures placed around the town.This is Tiverton Museum's,"All Aboard" sulpture trail.There are 21 to find and 4 stamps to collect.This seemed like something my youngest two would find fun,so we set off one day to find them all.I had hoped to find them all in one go,but for various reasons it took us four attempts,but we did find them all in the end,as you can see in the pictures.

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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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