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.  

   The nearby West Exe Halt was also effected by the new road.The Victorian rail bridge at West Exe had for some time been a traffic bottleneck and in 1971 after a lorry got jammed under the bridge,the metal beams of the bridge were removed and the site fell into disrepair.

The site remained the same until 1993 when the new road was built.The old railway bridge was totally removed and the railway bank was levelled.

Another bridge that is easily missed,lies inbetween the Exe Rail Bridge and the West Exe Rail Bridge.I believe that this bridge was called Stone Bridge and this was also demolished to make way for the new road.

Tiverton Museum's pictures of the new road layout at West Exe.

These aerial photos from the 70's show West Exe Bridge with the metal beam removed,Stone Bridge and lastly the Exe Rail Bridge.The last picture is a view under Stone Bridge.

Hovver your mouse over this 1946 map of Tiverton to see the route of the new roads.

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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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24/4/19These interesting pictures of Dulverton Station were sent in by Fred Gillard, who visited in about 1970 to take some pictures for a model railway project that he was building. The station buildings were bought by the Carnarvon Arms (now closed down) and used as staff and overflow guest accommodation,before being converted into residential housing. Thank you very much Fred for taking the time to share your 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

How much do you know about the Exe Valley Railway?Take our quiz and find out!

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