Not particularly wanting to play Frogger on this busy dual carriageway,we walked back the way we came to our car.A short drive later through the before mentioned housing estate,we parked up and made our way to Bridge 2(or Brickhouse Bridge).This is the only other remaining bridge along this stretch and it is still in use as part of the road.
It also is totally filled in and it is quite hard to imagine trains going underneath it,as houses have been built at one end where trains once went.There are still little signs of the past though,like the bridge marking,rail track posts and along the stream the old fencing.
Surprisingly,if you look on a Google map of the area,the route of the line is still easy to see.We weren't sure what we would find here,but to our delight,the whole route of the line more or less,has been made into a footpath.I would like to imagine that the housing developers decided to keep the line for some sentimental reason or in my dreams that it could one day be rebuilt,but I imagine that it was simply to cut costs.Whatever the reason,it is still there and we set off eagerly looking for clues from the past.
Along the path we found many things rail related,including fence posts and an old gate that looked just like the ones we had seen at Dulverton Station.We also think we found the remains of the old aqueduct.The main point of interest though are the two drainge tunnels,which although mainly filled in,are still intact with their arches in good condition.While taking pictures of these arches,a lady asked us why we were taking pictures.When we told her that this used to be the railway,she was flabergasted and couldn't believe that they had got rid of the railway.
Like many Tivertonians,she expressed the ridiculousness of having to travel miles to Tiverton Parkway,if she wanted to catch the train.She also was eager to express her disgust at the local council,who instead of doing anything useful(like having a railway station in Tiverton),instead wasted money on stupid gorillas!
To me and Christine,the thing of interest was that even people who have lived locally for years,are unaware of their town's history and heritage.After this chat we then carried on walking down the long straight path until we reached where there used to be Bridge 3(or Cowleymoor Railway Bridge).