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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 to Morebath Junction Halt

    If you look on Google Earth,it is still very easy to trace the line between Dulverton Station and Morebath Junction Halt.Although this part of the line is technically the  Devon and Somerset Railway,to those that used it,it was also part of our Exe Valley Railway.The vast majority of this stretch is unbuilt on and more or less the same as it was all those years ago when trains ran along it,minus tracks of course.There are also several bridges of interest to be seen along the route.

So it was then,on a sunny Autumn day,that Christine and I set off for the strange and mysterious county of Somerset to investigate.As you all know,Dulverton Station is actually in the village of Brushford,some two miles away from Dulverton itself and it is here that we drove to and parked.

 

Obviously,you can not walk from the old station,as that is now a private home,but you are able to walk along the fields behind the station,past the old Carnarvon Arms Hotel and soon join up with the old line.Wellies are advised for the fields here,as it is often waterlogged and from my own experience I can tell you that "normal" shoes soon become soaked.After a short walk through the fields,we soon noticed to our right,the now familiar concrete fence posts and raised bank of where the line used to be.We climbed up onto the track bed and set off down the line.

 The section here is still clear and not really overgrown like many other sections and on a nice sunny day,is a very pleasant walk.There are many reminders of the old railway along the way,including the fencing,some old posts,ballast and even some wheels off what I think was a ganger's trolley. 

After a pleasant and scenic walk,you then come to what I have once again called,Bridge 1.If anyone knows what this bridge was actually called please let me know.

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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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