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 halt was opened in 1927 and was popular with and well used by the local people.Situated just outside Halberton,people often reached the halt by bicycle and would then leave their bikes there on the platform all day until their return.

Another unusual thing about Halberton Halt was that where the platform ended,a single line of apple trees was planted down the "spare" width of the line.Planting apple trees along the railway seems to have been quite common,but although there is nothing left of the one tree width orchard at Halberton Halt,I have found apple trees still there along the line in other places.

The closure of Halberton Halt in 1964 was a great loss to the local people and the bus service that replaced it,never lived up to expectations and could never match the convenience and the ease of the 12 trains in each direction every day,that the Tiverton Branch Line had provided.

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  Today there is very little left to remind you that there was ever a halt here at all.In fact Christine and I didn't realise that we were at the right place at first and had to double check the maps.The bridge is surrounded by nettles and brambles which makes getting underneath it rather difficult.There is no sign of the platform and the whole area is littered with fly tipped rubbish.Standing under the bridge surrounded by rubbish,it was rather sad to see that this was how the halt had ended up.

On top of the bridge there is no obvious sign of the halt's entrance,but a part of the halt's signpost still remains.The route of the line is easy to see from both sides of the bridge,which is still in good condition after all these years.Slightly saddened by Halberton Halt,we set off to investigate further down the line. 

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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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