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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.  

   After looking at all of this,we set off for home happy with all our findings.Along the way however,whilst looking at the line as we went,we spotted in the middle of the field an old lineman's hut.These were built usually at remote locations to provide the gangs that maintained and mended the track,with a warm and dry shelter to take a break,store tools and make a brew.There is a parking place marked on the map where you can get a good view of the hut.

1471 on its way to Cadeleigh near to the lineman's hut

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Obviously we had to investigate the hut which we found to be in generally good condition,although it did look as though some work could be done on it.Whilst inside the hut you could easily imagine all the lineman huddled tightly in there,on a cold wet Devon day,exchanging stories while taking sips from their red hot mugs of tea.

It was also interesting to see a complete line of the old concrete fencing posts,as so many have been removed.The line was obviously prone to flooding here,as every 100 yards or so,brick drains had been built.

All in all we had had a very successful day and headed home without further detour,although I did take a long look at Cadeleigh as we passed it on our way home.

Usable Google Map with all the Points of Interest Marked on it

 

 

 

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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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24/4/19These interesting pictures of Dulverton Station were sent in by Fred Gillard, who visited in about 1970 to take some pictures for a model railway project that he was building. The station buildings were bought by the Carnarvon Arms (now closed down) and used as staff and overflow guest accommodation,before being converted into residential housing. Thank you very much Fred for taking the time to share your 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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