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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.  

  Looking at old maps you can see that the line curved all the way down what is now Woodward Road,before crossing under the Exeter Road.So knowing this,we went back to our car before driving down the road so we could park a bit closer.

The bridge is easy to tell by the walls on either side of the road.On the right hand side coming from Tiverton,there is a gate that leads onto a wooded path and it is from here that we gained access to the underneath of the bridge.I should say here that there is another gate to the path to the bridge,that is locked and a sign from the Enviroment Agency saying no entry.

The reason for this sign is that the Cotty Brook Culvert is here and runs under the tunnel and I imagine that they are worried that people may fall under it maybe or that children may do something or other.Anyway,me and Christine disregarded this sign and took our life in our hands,so that you our good readers,don't have to.

The bridge is very solid and well made as usual and is still in very good condition.When we went to the entrance of the tunnel,we found that there were people sleeping or living there,so we didn't go into the tunnel and beyond to explore more.Although I have every sympathy for homeless people,I know that some can be violent lunatics,so we didn't want to get too close.Also,we didn't want to impose on their privacy or make them anxious in any way.This was a shame as I would have liked to have had a look at the bridge from the other side.Maybe another day.

After this we left for home with a brief detour to Morrisons to buy some sausages for our dinner.

1935 Map-notice the curve that is the same as todays road and where the line crosses the A396

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Google Map of where we went

 

 

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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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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." 

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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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