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.  

What it Looks Like Today:   Exeter St.David's Station

   Today we decided to go and visit the only station from the line still open,Exeter St.David's and what better way to get there than by train.

We drove to Sampford Peverell and found somewhere to park to avoid paying the rip off carpark charges at the station.We then walked the short distance to Tiverton Parkway Station where we bought our off peak return tickets that cost £5.50 each.

After crossing the bridge to the far platform,we had a short wait before our train arrived.The modern carriages feel a bit cramped and claustrophobic for my liking and the train went way to fast.Give me a steam train and a bit of space any day,but the journey was okay and it was only 15 minutes later that we arrived in Exeter.


The construction of the station was planned in 1841 by the Bristol and Exeter Railway and 18 acres of meadows were bought for the site to be built upon.Exeter Council had refused permission for the railway to enter the city boundary,so hence a more rural location was found for the station's construction.The station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and built by a local building company called Hoopers.

Exeter St.David's Station was finally opened to passengers on the 1st May 1844 and the Exe Valley Railway ran to here from 1885. 

Some Early Views of Exeter St.David's Station


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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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