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's quite a surreal sight to see this bridge sitting out in the middle of the field,with no apparent reason for it to be there and it's quite amazing really that the farmer has not demolished it,as it would surely make things like ploughing easier if it wasn't there.The bridge is quite long and unusually for bridges I have seen,the ends are curled.I imagine that as the bridge was built only so that the farmer could move livestock across the line,that these curled ends make it easier to move cows across without damaging the bridge.

The bridge has been totally filled in,but you can still see some of the stones that made up the arch.The bridge is in fairly good condition,although we did spot some damage that was maybe caused by being knocked by a tractor.There are some fine views of the Devon countryside from here,as well as some not so fine views of the ever enlarging sprawl of Tiverton's housing developements.We also found a metal post,that looked rail related,but I don't know that for sure.

The other thing you notice by this bridge,is the noise level.From the quietly chirping birds of the wooded track,you now have the incessant noise of cars from the busy nearby North Devon Link Road.The building of this road that links North Devon with the M5,totally destroyed any sign of the old track and the building of  the new houses that stand above it,destroyed some more.Hidden in amongst this new housing estate however,it is possible to once again trace the Exe Valley Railway.

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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.   

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