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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:  Bolham Halt to Tiverton Station

  Setting off from Bolham Halt,we had hoped to walk over Bolham Bridge and walk up the line towards Tiverton.Unfortunately we found this impossible to do,as the top of the bridge is blocked by a wall of brambles followed by a barbed wire fence.It also seems as though the line has been incorporated into people's gardens on the other side of the bridge,so we decided to find an alternatve route.

Whilst pondering all this,we did however discover a rail gradient sign and another concrete sign that I am unsure of.This sign was triangular with 6/111 on it.There is a similar one in Tiverton Museum,but that one has 16/111 on it,so anyone who knows,please let me know.

Anyway,we walked up the road past the houses,found our way down to the old track bed through a field,walked back towards Bolham until we reached the section incorporated into someone's garden and started our exploration from there.

  By doing this we only missed out a few dozen yards of the line,but we didn't get ripped to bits by brambles or upset anyone by traipsing through their garden.

The track bed along this part is raised up from the fields below and is wooded along the sides,but it is clear of vegetation and a pleasant stroll.The really impressive parts are the high embankments,that must of been a lot of hard work to dig out.There are plenty of rail related things still there,including old fence posts,a gradient sign and the occasional fallen telegraph post.There is still in sections,alot of the old ballast still there that crunches under foot as you walk.

Click on the buttons to see what it used to look like and looks like today

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The line continues along this wooded tunnel until it emerges into an open field.Here the track bed disappears and has been totally filled in by the farmer.Reaching this point,it would be understandable to think well that's that,but I always study maps before our walks and I knew that there was one more thing to see.

Between Bolham Halt and Tiverton Station,not including Bolham Bridge,there are or were six more bridges.There are only two still remaining and after a short walk across the field,you come to one of the remaining ones,that I have once again imaginatively named,Bridge 1.

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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.   

Exe Valley Railway Quiz

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