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.  

 There are also two bridges nearby,that we went to investigate and as usual I have named them,"Bridge 1" and "Bridge 2".If anyone knows what they were actually called or known as,please let me know.


Bridge 1

This bridge is easily missed if you don't keep your eyes open,but luckily we are now quite keen at spotting the tell tale signs of railway activity.Worryingly this bridge has a massive big crack in it,which I hope the powers that be are aware of.From the top this bridge isn't really much to talk about,almost nondescript,but get below and you are met by the now familiar superb building work and pleasing prettiness of the old railway bridges.Seeing yet another of these lovely bridges,I was once again reminded that there was once a time,when pride and the appearance of a structure,was at least equal to today's mantra of cheap and functional.  

Bridge 2

 Almost all the bridges we have seen so far have been built using the same stone,the same method and the the same design.This bridge however,is different to that.In fact at first,because this bridge was so different,we didn't actually think that it was a railway bridge at all.Unlike the bridges that we are used to that are built out of blocks of stone,this bridge is built entirely out of bricks.

Maybe this is a replacement bridge and the old one collapsed or was demolished for some reason,but for some reason,this bridge is different from all the rest.If you look on the map you will see there this used to be quite a deep cutting here,but that has been totally filled in and levelled out.

Looking south it is hard to tell where the line goes at all and looking north from the bridge,all you can see is a big pile of earth that has been dumped there by the farmer. 


+2 #3 Nancherrow 2015-12-05 15:30
Re-visited this site with friends yesterday and they solved the cogged posts mystery. The ratchetted cogs were for tensioning the wires on the fence. The concrete posts held 5 wires and there are 5 cogs on the metal contraption. :-)
+2 #2 Nancherrow 2015-10-21 12:31
The link to the picture didn't appear. Try this http://www.trenear-harvey.co.uk/pages/gatepost.html
+2 #1 Nancherrow 2015-10-21 12:30
Interesting article - thank you. With regard to your picture of the unusual gatepost I thought you might be interested to see this similar one I saw near Sheepstor Village. Burrator Halt is only half a mile away so maybe they have a railway connection.

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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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