Handover ceremony

Network Rail commences ownership of Dartmoor Line and Okehampton station

02 July 2021
Another ‘key’ milestone in reopening the Dartmoor Line has been reached with the completion of the purchase of the railway and Okehampton station. Network Rail’s acquisition of this ownership was formally marked yesterday (Thursday 1 July) with the symbolic handing over of keys to the station and the track. More “Network Rail commences ownership of Dartmoor Line and Okehampton station”
Presentation of framed picture

Volunteers’ contribution recognised

02 July 2021
A second special moment yesterday saw Network Rail present Tom and Sue Baxter with a framed picture in recognition of their longstanding support of the reopening of the Dartmoor Line and ongoing volunteering efforts to maintain and refurbish parts of the station, as part of the Dartmoor Railway Association. More “Volunteers’ contribution recognised”
ITV reporter Rupert Evelyn on the Dartmoor Line

ITV News at Ten

21 June 2021
In case you missed it, there was an excellent report about the Dartmoor Line on Friday’s ITV News at Ten. Watch it again here. The report explores the huge progress made to get the line to Okehampton ready to re-open by the end of this year. More “ITV News at Ten”
Round-up video

Round-up video

11 June 2021
If you’ve missed any of the rapid progress so far to get the Dartmoor Line up to scratch, then this is the video for you. It shows how Network Rail have replaced more than 11 miles of track to get the line ready for regular passenger services to begin by the end of this year.
Last train from Okehampton in 1972

49th anniversary of last regular train from Okehampton

03 June 2021
1972: It was the year the Watergate Scandal broke, Emmerdale Farm first appeared on our TV screens, Mary Peters won pentathlon gold at the Munich Olympics – and the last regular passenger train left Okehampton. On 3 June 49 years ago, guests and enthusiasts gathered at Okehampton station to wave off its final train service – a moment caught on camera by long-serving rail employee Bernard Mills.With More “49th anniversary of last regular train from Okehampton”
Working night and day

Working night and day

28 May 2021
Work has been continuing around the clock to get the Dartmoor Line up to scratch for regular passenger services by the end of the year. Our latest behind-the-scenes footage from Network Rail shows two important parts of the process: stone dropping and tamping.
On track – Network Rail reaches key milestone on Dartmoor Line

On track – Network Rail reaches key milestone on Dartmoor Line

14 May 2021
The reopening of the railway line between Okehampton and Exeter is one step closer after Network Rail finished relaying the new track and sleepers this week. Following the confirmation of government funding in March, engineers started immediately and have worked tirelessly upgrading this 14 mile stretch of track between Okehampton and Coleford Junction, where the Dartmoor Line joins the existing railway line to Exeter. More “On track – Network Rail reaches key milestone on Dartmoor Line”
Tamper

Record breakers!

12 May 2021
We are really pleased to announce that Network Rail’s Wales and Western route has set a new record for our region and installed around 11 miles of new track in just under 4 weeks on the Dartmoor Line as part of the Government’s Restoring your Railway initiative.
New Track Construction train

New Track Construction train

07 May 2021
Another great video from Network Rail – this one shows off the New Track Construction train by Balfour Beatty as it lays new track on the Dartmoor Line. Watch and marvel at this fantastic piece of kit!
Round-up of the week

Round-up of the week

30 April 2021
Big progress has been made this week towards getting the line to Okehampton ready for regular passenger services to begin by the end of 2021. 5km of new track has been installed just this week as we reach the midpoint of a four-week drive to replace old track. More “Round-up of the week”