Welcome to Exe Valley Railway.com

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.  

A Reader's Old Pictures

 On a Sunday afternoon,whilst being driven bonkers by my children,I received an email from Mr.Richard Holladay who informed me that he had some old pictures of the Exe Valley Railway and would I be interested in looking at them.These pictures were taken by him on his Box Brownie Camera,when he had journeyed from Exeter St.David's to Dulverton Station.

Of course I was more than just interested to see his pictures,I was almost drooling at the thought of it and after a brief exchange of emails,I got to see them.

 Richard has given his permission for me to use them on the website,so that everyone is able to see these unseen pictures.If anyone has any other pictures,please follow Richard's example and contact me,so we can share them with everybody.

 Richard wasn't quite sure where all the pictures were taken,so I have tried to fill in the blanks.When you click on each picture you will see a caption,if it has a question mark at the end,that means I'm fairly sure what the picture is of,but not certain.If anyone wants to correct me on any of the pictures,then again please contact me.

Finally,I would just like to say thank you once again to Richard for the pictures,they really made my day and I would like to inform everyone of his very interesting website www.exeterfoundry.org.uk.Please do go and have a look at it.


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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." 



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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