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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.
Work on Okehampton station to realign the copers to make them level

Okehampton station upgrades underway

26 August 2021
Work has recently begun to upgrade Okehampton station ahead of services resuming later this year. The most visible work is taking place on the platform where the edging stones are being adjusted. This will ensure the gap between the train and the platform is as small as possible and make it easier for passengers to access the train. More “Okehampton station upgrades underway”
GWR and Network Rail tents at the Okehampton Show 2021

At the Okehampton Show today

12 August 2021
If you’re heading to the Okehampton Show today, come and find out more about the reopening of the Dartmoor Line at the GWR and Network Rail tents. Look forward to meeting you!
Models outside Okehampton station

Lights, camera, action!

02 August 2021
When the train service reopens by the end of 2021, a key part of making it a success will be encouraging visitors to use the line to visit Okehampton, Dartmoor and the Granite Way. To that end, the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership has been taking advantage of the summer weather to get a head start on preparing marketing materials for the line – in particular documenting some of the great day trips that will be possible right from Okehampton station. More “Lights, camera, action!”
Okehampton Show - Voaden Gate

Dartmoor Line at the Okehampton Show

21 July 2021
If you’re heading to the Okehampton Show next month (Thursday 12th August), pop in and say hello at the GWR and Network Rail tents to find out more about the reopening of the Dartmoor Line. It’s a great chance to ask any questions you might have about the train service or the improvement work currently underway at Okehampton station. More “Dartmoor Line at the Okehampton Show”
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”