North Devon UK - Railways


See Tarka Railway Line connecting Barnstaple to Exeter and beyond at North Devon UK Tarka Line

Great Scenic Railways. Devon and Cornwall
This website is run by the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership. We are one of the longest established and largest Community Rail Partnerships in the country. We are a non-profit organisation, and work to: ♦Promote travel on the counties' branch lines. ♦ Seek improvements to services and facilities. ♦ Promote the places served by the branch lines and help the local economy. ♦ Promote engagement and two-way communication between the community and the rail industry.
Tarka Line Exeter - Barnstaple.      Tamar Valley Line Plymouth - Gunnislake.
Avocet Line Exeter - Exmouth.      Riviera Line Exeter - Paignton.
St Ives Bay Line St Erth - St Ives.      Looe Valley Line Looe - Liskeard.
Maritime Line Truro - Falmouth.      Atlantic Coast Line Par - Newquay.

Great Days Out
    ♦ Beaches By Train   ♦ Walks and Trails   ♦ Shopping   ♦ Arts, Culture and Heritage
Planning A Trip
    ♦ Times and Prices     ♦ Parking and Public Transport     ♦ Taking Bikes     ♦ Travelling with Dogs     ♦ Assisted Travel     ♦ Travelling with Kids

Great Western Railway
In September 2015 the business name was changed from First Great Western to Great Western Railway (GWR).
Changing from First Great Western to GWR - Our vision   website

South West Trains
The South West Trains network includes routes through Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, and Greater London.

Crosscountry Trains
CrossCountry cover more of Britain than any other train operator. We can also find you cheap fares for any train company in Britain.
Route Map

North Devon Railway (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
For the part of the North Devon Railway which remains in use today, see Tarka Line

The North Devon Railway was a railway company which operated a line from Cowley Bridge Junction, near Exeter, to Bideford in Devon, England, later becoming part of the London and South Western Railway's system.
The original construction in the middle of the nineteenth century was significant in giving rail connection to the important, but remote towns of North Devon that had hitherto relied on the packhorse and coastal shipping.
The northern extremities turned south to Bideford and Torrington following the coast of the Bristol Channel before turning inland. Part of this section is now a cycleway known as the Tarka Trail.
Barnstaple Town railway station.
Barnstaple Junction.
Ilfracombe Branch Line.
         Explore Braunton - the Barnstaple to Ilfracombe railway (1874- 1970)

Instow railway station
Bideford railway station
         Bideford Railway Heritage Centre
North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway
Great Torrington

Devon and Somerset Railway (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Devon and Somerset Railway (D&SR) was a cross-country line that connected Barnstaple in Devon, England to the network of the Bristol and Exeter Railway (B&ER) near Taunton. It was opened in stages between 1871 and 1873 and closed in 1966. It served a mostly rural area although it carried some through services from east of Taunton to the seaside resort of Ilfracombe.
    ♦ Norton Fitzwarren     ♦ Milverton     ♦ Wiveliscombe     ♦ Venn Cross     ♦ Morebath     ♦ Morebath Junction Halt     ♦ Dulverton     ♦ East Anstey     ♦ Yeo Mill Halt     ♦ Bishops Nympton and Molland     ♦ South Molton     ♦ Filleigh     ♦ Swimbridge     ♦ Barnstaple

Barnstaple Victoria Road railway station
Barnstaple railway station (Barnstaple Victoria Road railway station from 1949) was the western terminus of the Devon and Somerset Railway. It was situated on the western side of Barnstaple in Devon, England. It was served by passenger trains from 1871 until 1960, and by freight trains until 1970.
The station buildings have now been demolished and the site is part of an industrial estate. However, the goods shed survives and is used as a church and the platforms are visible alongside the A39 and are used as a car park for Western Power Distribution, an electricity provider.

The North Devon Line, 1983 to 1990
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

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
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
A Unique Victorian Water Powered Lift

North Devon Railways
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

Tarka Valley Railway Group
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.

Disused Stations - Station Name: Barnstaple
Disused Stations - Station Name: Wrafton Now a private residence.
Disused Stations - Station Name: Braunton Demolished - the site is now occupied by a car park, newsagent, youth centre and police station. A goods shed survives and the newsagents at the end of the car park is the former station building.
Disused Stations - Station Name: Mortehoe and Woolacombe
Disused Stations - Station Name: Ilfracombe
The station has been demolished and a factory stands on the site.

Exeter to Barnstaple line in the late 1970s much filmed from the cab of a dmu at the time the line was under threat . Much investment in recent years has seen a big increase in passenger numbers..
North Devon railway line part 1
North Devon railway line part 2
North Devon railway line part 3

Ilfracombe Barnstaple branch line part 1
Ilfracombe Barnstaple branch line part 2

Barnstaple & Ilfracombe Railway 1970

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