A historic return

21 November 2021
Hear from GWR, Network Rail, Devon County Council and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps about what the reopening of the line means – recorded at last Wednesday’s official launch event at Okehampton station.
Children waving flags at Okehampton station

Opening day – in pictures

20 November 2021
At the end of a brilliant first day on the Dartmoor Line, here are some photo highlights from passengers and staff. Thanks to all who worked, volunteered and travelled on the line today to make it such a tremendous occasion.

A proud day

20 November 2021
GWR’s Matt Barnes (left) and Network Rail’s Christian Irwin (right) reflect on a fantastic first morning for the Dartmoor Line, and the pride that everyone involved in the project should feel on this historic day.

Welcome back to the Dartmoor Line

20 November 2021
Great video from Network Rail celebrating the return of the Dartmoor Line and the partnership working that has made the reopening possible.
First train at Okehampton station

A new era begins

20 November 2021
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”
The first Dartmoor Line train at Exeter St Davids

The first train

20 November 2021
Here it is! The first train of the reopened Dartmoor Line, ready to depart Exeter St Davids this morning at 0632. Thanks to Hamish Marshall Multi Media (@hamish_mmm) for the photos.
GWR train at Okehampton station

Opening day – your guide

18 November 2021
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”

The Dartmoor Line Chattanooga Choo Choo

18 November 2021
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”
Historical-style-newspaper wraps

Historical-style newspaper wraps

18 November 2021
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”
Celebrating at Okehampton station

Celebrating the return of the Dartmoor Line

17 November 2021
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”