Today marks the return of regular train services on the Dartmoor Line between Exeter and Okehampton for the first time in almost half a century. The first regular passenger service to Okehampton since 1972 departed this morning at 0632 from Exeter St Davids, arriving into Okehampton at 0710 (pictured). More ➔ “A new era begins”
After nearly 50 years, the Dartmoor Line reopens for year-round passenger services this Saturday (20th November). It is expected to be busy so please read our guide to this exciting day: Extra train and adjusted timetable We are very pleased that interest in the new service is so high, and have adjusted train times for the day to enable an extra departure from Okehampton at 08 30. More ➔ “Opening day – your guide”
Enjoy this fantastic version of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, performed by local favourites The Hummingbirds at Okehampton station, complete with lyrics celebrating the reopening of the Dartmoor Line. The tremendous trio wowed the crowd at yesterday’s official launch of the line and will be back at the station on Saturday morning to sing the first public train in and out of Okehampton Station (see our guide to opening day train times and shuttle bus services). More ➔ “The Dartmoor Line Chattanooga Choo Choo”
There are brilliant historical-style wraps on three local newspapers this week to celebrate the reopening of the Dartmoor Line. Grab your copies of the Moorlander, Okehampton Times and Express and Echo this week – they make a great souvenir of the historic occasion! More ➔ “Historical-style newspaper wraps”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today dispatched the first passenger train to run on the restored Dartmoor Line, as the line once again becomes part of the UK rail network for passengers (the first public service is this Saturday – read our guide to opening day). More ➔ “Celebrating the return of the Dartmoor Line”
UPDATE: New timetable from 12 Dec 2021, now seven days a weekLook up times | Live tracker map | PDF timetableA Rail Link bus service will connect with trains at Okehampton station, providing joined-up public transport options for passengers along the 118 bus route between Tavistock and Okehampton. More ➔ “118 Rail Link bus for Okehampton station”
Here’s a great behind-the-scenes video showing some of the work that’s been happening in recent weeks to prepare the line for services to start on Saturday 20th November.As mentioned at the end of the video, all the project partners thank local residents for their patience during this period of night-time working.
Local teenager Tom Watts is the winner of a Great Western Railway competition to design a logo for The Dartmoor Line, which opens a week on Saturday.The 16-year-old imagined taking part in the Ten Tors Challenge when designing the roundel, which will feature on station signs, posters, timetables and a special train livery.Year-round More ➔ “Local teenager designs winning entry in Dartmoor Line logo competition”