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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:  Dulverton Station

 Some people,including Wikipedia,will tell you that the Exe Valley Line starts at Bampton Station and runs to Brampford Speke,but I disagree with this.To me the line runs from Dulverton to Exeter St.David's,as this is how the line was seen and used by its passengers.If you look at any timetable for the Exe Valley Line you will see that they start their trains at Dulverton and they finish at Exeter or vice versa,thus confirming that the rail companies also saw it this way.

So as I see it,just like on the London Underground where a station for instance like Leicester Square is on both the Northern Line and the Piccadilly Line,so Dulverton Station,was on both the Devon and Somerset AND the Exe Valley lines. 

 

So it was then,that me and Christine set off on a lovely Autumn day,to that strange and alien county known locally as,"Zumerset".

Dulverton Station opened in 1873 and was the only station on our line not in Devon.Despite being called,"Dulverton Station" it's not actually in Dulverton at all,but about two miles south of Dulverton in the village of Brushford.This has always amused me in a way and reminded me of today's budget airlines who happily describe Luton Airport as being in London.

I wonder how many people visiting the area,got off their trains thinking they had arrived at the small Exmoor town of Dulverton,only to find to their dismay,that actually they hadn't and still had to travel a further two miles down the road.I can also imagine the taxis lining up waiting for these bewildered passengers,to finally transport them to their destination,no doubt with a smile on their faces as they drove them.It must have been good business for them.

   Click on the buttons to switch between how it used to look and how it looks today

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 After parking up in Brushford,we walked a short distance up the road to the bridge that looks over into the old station.Most people probably don't even know that they are driving over an old railway bridge,as the only real sign that it is a bridge,are the walls on either side of the road.

Looking over towards the station,you can clearly see that the Station Master's House is still there,as well as the Goods Shed.The Station Master's House from a first glance hasn't really changed too much,although obviously it is now a private residence and a sort of conservatory has been added.

The Goods Shed has also been converted into a private house.Christine and I got very excited at this point,as it appeared that there was still part of a platform remaining in the garden,but we discovered that all is not as it seems,as I will explain later. 

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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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