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.  

   It was easy to find the pathway up to the the line,although be prepared for nettles and brambles.I should say here that I imagine that the pathway is now privately owned,but I saw no sign saying this and decided that there was no harm in us having a look up the path.

It was a bit of a battle through the brambles and nettles,but to be honest,I was so excited to get to the end of the path and up onto the line,I wasn't too concerned.The path and the hand rails are in such good condition,that if someone did half an hours work with a strimmer,it would be like new.

When we reached the top of the path,we once again had that same feeling that we had first had at Morebath Junction Halt.Once again,there in front of us was the platform! Despite my amazement at seeing my second intact Exe Valley Railway platform,my thoughts turned to walking over the bridge.I immediately had second thoughts about this,as my boy was with me and it could well be dangerous,so maybe another day.

Any how,it looked like attempts had been made to clear the platform,as there is much cut wood about,although this could just be a Devonian offering to the train gods.The platform seems quite skeletal compared to others I've seen,and at first I thought that maybe some of the stone had been "robbed out",but no, that's how it was made.

Click on the buttons to switch between how it used to look and how it looks today. 

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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

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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