Dartmoor Line prints by Becky Bettesworth (left) and Andrew Olly Oliver (right)

Limited edition prints available

28 October 2021
Artists Becky Bettesworth and Andrew Olly Oliver (co-founder of Okehampton gallery Moon & Moor) both have limited edition prints now available celebrating The Dartmoor Line’s past and future. We have been delighted to have been able to use Becky’s fantastic Dartmoor artwork to promote the reopening of the line, including on this website’s homepage. More “Limited edition prints available”
Vegetation clearance and embankment work

Preparing the line

27 October 2021
Ahead of the 20 November opening of the Dartmoor Line to passengers, Network Rail is continuing with their preparations to make the line safe ahead of opening. Vegetation is being cut back to reduce the risk of trees landing on the track and being struck by a train. More “Preparing the line”
The Dartmoor Line - Opening 20 November 2021

Government restores the Dartmoor Line as services resume for first time in half a century from 20 November

12 October 2021
For the first time in nearly 50 years, regular passenger services will run on the Dartmoor Line, connecting Okehampton to Exeter. Services will launch on Saturday 20 November, marking the first reopening under the Government’s Restoring Your Railway programme which is exploring ways to return old lines and stations to service across the country. More “Government restores the Dartmoor Line as services resume for first time in half a century from 20 November”
Community celebrates 150th anniversary of Okehampton's railway

Community celebrates 150 years of Okehampton’s railway

06 October 2021
Despite the wet weather, Okehampton’s community turned out in force at the weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first public passenger train arriving at Okehampton station. On Saturday, more than 150 people – many in period costume – enjoyed a Victorian Tea Party at the town’s Charter Hall. More “Community celebrates 150 years of Okehampton’s railway”
Street banner celebrating Okehampton 150th railway celebrations

Okehampton celebrates 150 years of the railway as reopening draws nearer

28 September 2021
Celebrations are in store this weekend (2-3 October) to mark the 150th anniversary of the first public passenger train arriving at Okehampton station. With work to reopen the Dartmoor Line progressing well, the town will be decorated with ribbons, bunting, Union flags and flower baskets. More “Okehampton celebrates 150 years of the railway as reopening draws nearer”
Okehampton station sign visible between sleepers

Safety warning issued as train activity to start on Dartmoor Line

20 September 2021
Network Rail is asking people to avoid attempting to access the Dartmoor Line as the number of trains travelling along the railway increases starting from this week (20th September onwards). Work to reopen the Dartmoor Line by the end of the year is continuing to progress well with this latest phase of work involving trains travelling the 14 mile stretch of railway to test out the newly laid track. More “Safety warning issued as train activity to start on Dartmoor Line”
1871-2021 Okehampton Rail 150 logo

All aboard for 1871 – celebrating 150 years of Okehampton’s railway

07 September 2021
As work to reopen the Dartmoor Line between Okehampton and Exeter continues, over the coming weeks, a programme of events and exhibitions will celebrate 150 years since the railway first arrived in Okehampton. They will include an exhibition of historical photos in the town’s Charter Hall, displays in Okehampton shop windows and street banners, flags and bunting leading up to the anniversary weekend itself, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October. More “All aboard for 1871 – celebrating 150 years of Okehampton’s railway”
greenslade-bridge-aerial-shot

Upgrading Greenslade Bridge

03 September 2021
Greenslade Bridge, just east of Sampford Courtenay, is a key asset that needed work as part of preparations for rail services to start between Exeter and Okehampton by the end of this year. Old longitudinal timbers had to be removed using the large crane. More “Upgrading Greenslade Bridge”
Communication masts

Communication masts

02 September 2021
As part of readiness to enable regular passenger services to run by the end of the year, five railway communication masts – also known as GSM-R masts – are being installed along the route. These masts (which are part of a nationwide railway safety system) enable direct and continuous communication between train driver and signaller which considerably improves punctuality, reliability and safety for all passengers. More “Communication masts”
1871-2021 Okehampton Rail 150 logo

Date for the diary

26 August 2021
The weekend of 2nd and 3rd October 2021 will see a programme of local events to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of Okehampton station back in 1871. Keep an eye on our dedicated page for the details as they are released.