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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:   Burn Halt

  When you try and find information about Burn Halt,there isn't really much to find.To most people it was a fairly unimportant stop,in the middle of nowhere that was barely used even by the locals.Out of all the Halts on the line,it was probably the least used and even the railway's attempt to link it with Butterleigh,never really drew in the amount of passengers that they had hoped for.

In fact one of it's main uses was for somewhere for the local youngsters to hang out,making use of the wooden shelter on rainy days.This same wooden shelter was also a popular destination for courting couples looking for a private place for their canoodling.

   So it was then,on a glorious Autumn day that Christine and I set off to find Burn Halt.Taking the Exeter road from Tiverton we drove a few miles before taking a left turn into the Butterleigh road and parking up.The halt is reached by a public footpath on the main road,but on our visit,the entrance to this path was totally over grown with brambles and unless you knew it was there as I did,you could easily miss it.The road here is often busy and GREAT CARE should be taken crossing the road,as cars travel at a rate of knots.

Once through the footpath entrance,you are met by the rather special sight of the old wooden kissing gate.I found it quite amazing that after all these years this lovely old gate was still there and in such good condition.Straight ahead from here is the now familiar line of railway concrete posts,but this line has a rather perished concrete lamp post in it.

 You can easily imagine a cold misty evening and a lone passenger trying to make their way across the cow pat littered field,with only the dim light of a parafin lamp to guide them.

Ahead and to the right,you can see the old metal gate to the platform,but looking at this old picture,you can see that rather than use that gate,people just took the direct route from the platform.

 

 If you take a closer look at this old metal gate,you will see that it has these sort of cog like things on it.What these were for I have no clue.If you go through this gate,you then reach the totally intact platform of Burn Halt.

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+1 #3 Nancherrow 2015-12-05 15:30
Re-visited this site with friends yesterday and they solved the cogged posts mystery. The ratchetted cogs were for tensioning the wires on the fence. The concrete posts held 5 wires and there are 5 cogs on the metal contraption. :-)
+1 #2 Nancherrow 2015-10-21 12:31
The link to the picture didn't appear. Try this http://www.trenear-harvey.co.uk/pages/gatepost.html
+1 #1 Nancherrow 2015-10-21 12:30
Interesting article - thank you. With regard to your picture of the unusual gatepost I thought you might be interested to see this similar one I saw near Sheepstor Village. Burrator Halt is only half a mile away so maybe they have a railway connection.

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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

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