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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.  

  If you didn't know that the platform was there you could easily miss it,as it is very over grown and hard to spot.There is a concrete post along the roadside that hints at a railway past,but the most obvious clue to this being a halt is the old wooden kissing gate that is still in place.We saw one of these at Burn Halt,although that one was probably in better condition.

Out of all the platforms we have seen so far,this one is in the worst condition.It looks like the paving that would have been on top of the platform has been robbed out and tree roots have done much damage to the platform.Sarah has had some trees felled,to try and preserve the platform,but much more needs to be done if nature is not to completely reclaim the site.

A large,roofed,wooden work shed has been constructed beside the platform,which does detract from the site,but again people have to be able to make use of their land and Sarah told us that the shed had no foundations,so was not damaging anything and could easily be removed if ever the halt was to be used again.

Although mainly overgrown,it is still possible to see the platform slopes and the brickwork of the 109 feet platform and despite the tree roots it is still largely in good condition. 

Further down the platform,the southern slope is still there and the line can still be made out,going into the distance towards Tiverton.There is a metal kissing gate that leads to steps up to this southern end of the platform,in the field next to the river.There is also a hand rail for these steps still there.

We couldn't quite understand why there would be an entrance to the platform here,but our guess was that maybe there was once a footpath that went along the river to Cove from up towards Stoodleigh and passengers would walk down the path through the fields to the halt.


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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.

Exe Valley train Exeter St Davids 1962250



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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