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The Tarka Line   website   Gallery website
    LIVE Train Times for Barnstaple and Exeter St Davids   Barnstaple    Exeter St Davids
The Tarka Line runs for 39 miles between Exeter and Barnstaple, following the gentle river valleys of the Yeo and Taw.
From Eggesford to Barnstaple the line forms part of the Tarka Trail, a 180 mile long distance route tracing the journeys of Tarka the Otter in Henry Williamson's classic novel

First Great Western   website scheduled timetables.   The Tarka Line timetables (pdf)   website
Station Masters Cafe   website Barnstaple Railway Station. Station Road, Barnstaple

The Rail Ale Trail   website
Let the train take you on a scenic tour of real ales in the West Country.
The Rail Ale Trail provides you with the ideal opportunity to experience the beauty of Devon and Cornwall whilst being able to savour the delights of traditional real ales and fine rural pubs along the way. You can ride the Devon and Cornwall Rail Ale Trail on any of five beautiful rural branch lines -
the Tarka Line (Exeter - Barnstaple), the Tamar Valley Line (Plymouth - Gunnislake), the Maritime Line (Truro and Falmouth), the Looe Valley Line (Liskeard and Looe) and latest addition the St Ives Bay Line (Penzance - St Ives). Additionally, you can now ride the the Heart of Wessex Line Rail Ale Trail between Bristol and Weymouth
The Tarka Line Rail Ale Trail   website
The Tarka line is one of the country's most scenic rural branch lines and follows the course of the Yeo and Taw valleys, offering picturesque views

Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership   website

The North Devon Line, 1983 to 1990   website
This site is full of 100s of high quality scans of the railways of the Tarka Line in North Devon, down to the sea wall between Dawlish and Teignmouth and across into China Clay country in Cornwall. All taken in 1983 to 1990 they represent a unique historical record of what has now passed

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway   website
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in North Devon, is one of the worlds most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways. Passengers can now travel by steam train along part of the original route within the Exmoor National Park above the Heddon Valley. The opening of this first phase of the new line now allows visitors to experience a taste of what will eventually become one of the ultimate heritage railway experiences of the world

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway   website
A Unique Victorian Water Powered Lift

The Tarka Rail Association   website
The Tarka Rail Association is a voluntary organisation which exists to support and further the interests of users of the rail line between Exeter and Barnstaple.

North Devon Railways   website
Photographs of diesel locomotives working on lines to Torrington, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe, from the 1970s onwards,
with present day scenes too of North Devon Railway preservation activities at Torrington and Bideford

South West Trains  website

Tarka Valley Railway Group  website
The Tarka Valley Railway Group was set up in July 2008 by a small group of likeminded individuals with the aim of restoring
a steam railway along the valley of the River Torridge based on the former London & South Western Railway station at Torrington in North Devon.
Progress since 2008 has been significant with a strong membership base already established and visible signs of progress evident on site.

Virgin Trains  website

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