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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:   Bampton to Lower Lodfin Crossing

   Today's little adventure carried out by myself,Christine and my two youngest,was broken up into two trips.Firstly,we drove to Lower Lodfin Crossing and secondly,we walked down Frog Street in Bampton to a long forgotten bridge.

Lower Lodfin Crossing

 There were five level crossings on the Exe Valley Railway that had keepers living in adjacent cottages.It had always been the tradition for the wives of signalmen to run the crossings.The work was not too hard,but you had to be on call for anything up to 16 hours a day,which could cause problems with things like food shopping etc.,especially if your post was in a  remote and rural location. Although as a Crossing Keeper you were basically tied to the house,it did come rent free,so there were never any shortages of people wanting the job.

  When a train was coming,a bell would sound outside the keeper's cottage and the crossing keeper would close the gates to stop the road traffic.When the gates were shut,a signal would be sent to the train telling it that it was safe to pass.  

   The keeper's cottage at Lower Lodfin,is now a private residence,but there are still many clues as to its old use.Crossings had wooden signal boxes with windows looking down the line,so crossing keepers could view all coming trains.Lodfin's signal box is still there(see pics) and has been converted by the present owners into a sort of conservatory.

 

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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.   

Exe Valley Railway Quiz

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