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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.  

  When we went in Spring,the bluebells were all coming out and there are many patches of them along the cycle way,which add a nice splash of colour.Unfortunately most if not all of them are the invasive Spanish bluebell and not our native bluebell.

A brisk walk later and the final bridge of the walk,Manley Railway Bridge,came into view.Like Tidcome Railway Bridge,this is another wide arched bridge that is obviously too big for a single track line.It is very wet and muddy under this bridge,so watch out if you take a closer look,as poor Christine tripped on a tree root here and fell in the mud.She wasn't hurt and we both had a good laugh about it.

Annoyingly there is yet more graffiti on this bridge and a fair amout of rubbish has been dumped by the bridge.I don't quite understand the sort of person who loads up their car with rubbish and then thinks," let's go and throw it under the bridge",but then again,I don't understand many people these days.

There is a well placed picnic bench just here and it made a perfect place to stop and have our sandwiches,as well as what no packed lunch should be without,a hard boiled egg.Whilst having our lunch we had mixed feelings about our walk.It was lovely to be able to easily walk down the line like this and wouldn't it be amazing if there was a similar path down the Exe Valley Line,but also we were disappointed that it didn't go further,though ultimately we were mainly saddened that we could not go down the line by train.Obviously,being always inquisitive,we couldn't just end things there,so we walked all the way back to our car and set off to see what else we could find of the Tiverton Branch Line. 

1935 Map showing all the bridges of the cycle path route




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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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