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.  

    Everyday many people walk along this footpath to and from Scott's housing estate unaware of what is beneath the footpath that they walk on.There are actually,two lovely,arched bridges right beneath the path and most people have no idea that they are there.If you are brave or a mountain goat,it is possible to go over the path railings and get down to the bridges.BEWARE THIS COULD BE QUITE DANGEROUS.

Having visited these bridges on my own before,I already knew the safest way down and was happy to take my two kids down there,as it was a little adventure for them and I hate all the modern health and safety nonsense.There are several ways that you can take down to the bridges,but this is the way we went.

You can locate the two bridges from the path,as fencing has been put up at a 90 degree angle to the path,at the start and end of each bridge.When facing Scott's and in between the two bridges.but quite near bridge 1,if you look over the left side,you will notice a slanting route down to the bottom.You have to be careful and work your way from one safe footing to the next,holding on to trees and sapplings as you go.Please be aware that this is potentially dangerous(don't blame me for any injury,you do it totally at your own risk) ,though I managed to do it with two young kids,safely and without incident.

When you get to the bottom,first head towards the river and you will be amazed at what you will find.

Bridge 1

    If when you get to the bottom of the bank you turn left and work you way along,you will come to the smaller of the two bridges.Be careful as you go,as there are nettles and brambles here and there and these days you always have to be on the look out for the horrible giant hogweed.

I think that this bridge was made to allow a  water channel to flow under it,but I don't actually know and have found no evidence for this,other than it's still wet to this day under there.We know from the photos and maps that this bridge was built after bridge 2.


0 #3 railwest 2019-03-09 21:02
Given the relatively short length of the siding to the quarry, I doubt that the 'loop' would have been needed as a passing loop. I suspect that it was simply the 'exchange' sidings - incoming (empty) wagons would be placed on one line and outgoing (full) wagons collected from the other line. This would avoid the need for the quarry engine (if they had one?) to enter the GWR goods yard, or for the GWR engine to have to enter the quarry area.
0 #2 railwest 2019-03-09 20:59
Quoting The Great Steamer:
It is interesting to see that the signal box is so far away from the actual station. Why was this ?

Probably because it was deemed to be the best location for visibility of shunting operations and/or reducing the length of point rodding needed to be run all the sets of points.
0 #1 The Great Steamer 2015-10-21 14:22
It is interesting to see that the signal box is so far away from the actual station. Why was this ?

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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.




Memories of the EVR

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