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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.  

 What it Looks Like Today:  Bampton Station updatebutton100

Living quite near to where Bampton Station once was,I quite often have a walk around what is now a carpark and try and imagine how it used to be when steam trains took their passengers up and down the Exe Valley.Although I can easily transport myself back in time in my imagination,the harder part is coming back to the present and realising that it is all gone and that I will never ever see it for real.

To take my mind off one of these sad little returns back to reality,I decided to further investigate around Bampton,to see if I could find anything that I might of missed.

I had recently found an old postcard of the bridge and wanted to compare it with how it is today.If you compare the right hand side of the bridge in the earlier postcard with the right hand side in the postcard in the slider,you will see that at some point,the wall has been lowered and replaced with fencing.Seeing this reminded me of the story I had heard of children,climbing on the bridge and trying to drop turnips into the funnels of engines,as they passed underneath.Maybe this fence was placed there to try and stop this game.

Many of the pictures taken looking down the track through the station were taken from this bridge,but is hard to recreate that view now as the trees and shrubs block it out. 

 Read more:What it Looks Like Today:Bampton Station Updated

What it Looks Like Today:  The Tiverton Branch Line

  The Tiverton Branch Line was originally built by the Bristol and Exeter Railway in 1848 and ran for roughly 4 and 3/4 miles between Tiverton Station and Tiverton Junction.

Although not part of the Exe Valley Railway,it acted in unison with the Exe Valley Railway,with many Exe Valley trains timetabled to connect with the Tiverton Branch Line trains.Much of the freight that was used or produced in the Exe Valley,was sent up and down the Tiverton Branch Line via the main line at Tiverton Junction.

This made the Tiverton Branch Line very important to the local economy and the local people,as it was the main link with the outside world.

The first mile and a half or so of the Tiverton Branch Line has been transformed into a cycle way,so this stretch of the line is an easy walk for all.Near to the start of the line there is a small free carpark,which is where we parked,before setting off on our walk.

The Destruction of Tiverton's Rail Heritage

 For many months I had been pondering upon the question of what had happened to Tiverton Station and all the infrastructure that went with it.After several visits to where the station used to be,it was obvious to see that nothing remains other than the Goods Shed and a couple of small buildings,but this still left the question of when and why had it all been removed.So it was then,that we started visiting Tiverton Museum and their excellent Research Library in order to find out what happened to Tiverton's railway.

At this point I would like to thank Bernard and Pam at the Research library,who have always been very helpful and full of interesting information.I would also like to thank Tiverton Museum for giving me permission to use many of the pictures that you will see in this article.

  After the closure of the Exe Valley Railway in 1963,Tiverton Station remained open to passengers for a further year,ferrying passengers up to the main line at Tiverton Junction.

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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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04/09/18 I was recently contacted by one of our readers Barry Hilton,who when younger visited the Southwest and took some pictures down at Exeter St.Davids.This is what he told me.

"Taken 'in my teens', by a SLR Dacora II camera, on Ilford colour film, 120 size negs (2 1/4 inch square). It was the only colour film that I used as they were relatively expensive for me at the time, something like 22/6d.Taken in the summer of 1962 as a result of a family holiday in the South West, I would travel the railway systems of the area taking photos whilst the rest of the family spent most of the time on the beach. I seem to remember buying a 'runabout' ticket for 10/6d which covered all the Exe Valley system at the time." 



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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