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”

Working through the night to prepare the route

11 November 2021
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.
Dartmoor Line logo with its designer Tom Watts

Local teenager designs winning entry in Dartmoor Line logo competition

09 November 2021
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”
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”