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1/10/1835Bristol and Exeter RailwayProspectus issued.
19/5/1836Bristol and Exeter RailwayAct passed.
//1838Bristol and Exeter RailwayWeston-super-Mare branch authorised.
5/3/1839Bristol and Exeter RailwayBroad gauge decided upon.
25/3/1841Bristol and Exeter RailwayNew Bridgwater docks opened.
14/6/1841Bristol and Exeter RailwayBristol (Harbour Bridge Junction) to Bridgwater, and Weston Junction to Weston-super-Mare opened. Stations on these sections at: Redminster, Parson Street, Long Ashton, Flax Bourton, Nailsea & Backwell, Yatton, Puxton & Worle, Bleadon & Uphill, Brean Road Halt, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Dunball, Bridgwater, Weston Milton Halt and Weston-Super-Mare.
1/7/1842Bristol and Exeter RailwayBridgwater to Taunton opened. Stations on this section at: Durston, Creech and Taunton.
//1843Bristol and Exeter RailwaySomerset bridge, similar to Maidenhead bridge, over the tidal Parrett is replaced by a timber viaduct when it fails.
1/5/1843Bristol and Exeter RailwayTaunton to Beambridge opened. Stations on this section at: Norton Fitzwarren, Wellington (Somerset) and a temporary terminus at Beambridge while a tunnel was completed.
1/5/1844Bristol and Exeter RailwayBeambridge to Exeter opened. Stations on this section at: Burlescombe, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton Junction, Cullompton, Hele & Bradninch, Silverton, Stoke Canon and Exeter (St Davids).
//1845Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Western considers buying the Bristol and Exeter which would be threatened by their planned direct London to Exeter line.
7/11/1845Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Westerns offer refused
28/7/1847Clevedon Branch (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Line opened as broad gauge. Station opened at Clevedon.
12/6/1848#Tiverton Branch# (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Opened.
30/4/1849Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Westerns lease expires
1/4/1851Bristol and Exeter RailwayHorse traction abandoned on the Weston-super-Mare branch
//1852Bristol and Exeter RailwayAccident at Creech - locomotive de-rails, no passenger injuries
//1853Bristol and Exeter RailwayYeovil Branch opened
/8/1855Bristol and Exeter RailwayElectric telegraph installed and operated by the Electric Telegraph Company
//1859Bristol and Exeter RailwayCompany takes over operation of electric telegraph
//1863Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Powers for a line to Chard transferred to the Bristol and Exeter.
11/9/1866Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Line opened to joint station at Chard on a section of joint line.
//1868Bristol and Exeter RailwayTaunton station expanded
3/8/1869Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Yatton to Cheddar opened
5/4/1870Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Cheddar to Wells opened
//1875Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Converted to standard gauge
//1875Exe Valley Railway
Bristol and Exeter Railway
Authorisation powers transferred to the Bristol and Exeter line.
//1875Bristol and Exeter RailwayWestleigh Quarry tramway opened. It ran for 1 mile from Burlescombe
30/5/1875Bristol and Exeter RailwayFirst standard gauge train runs from Bristol to Taunton and Weston-super-Mare
1/1/1876Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Western leases line
/3/1876Bristol and Exeter RailwayFirst standard gauge goods reaches Exeter
24/5/1876Bristol and Exeter RailwayLeading coach of train de-rails at Silverton
27/7/1876Bristol and Exeter RailwayEngine of the up Dutchman de-rails. The track was not well maintained by the Bristol and Exeter in its last day of independence. The Great Western re-lays the line.
1/8/1876Bristol and Exeter Railway
Great Western Railway
Great Western absorbs the Bristol and Exeter
1/1/1878East Somerset Railway
Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)
Great Western Railway
The Great Western starts to run passenger trains from the Cheddar line through the Somerset and Dorset Railways Wells station to Witham.
//1879Clevedon Branch (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Converted to standard gauge
1/3/1884Bristol and Exeter RailwayWeston-super-Mare branch closed and re-opened as a standard gauge loop line.
/6/1884#Tiverton Branch# (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Converted from broad gauge to standard gauge.
11/11/1890Bristol and Exeter Railway10 passengers killed in crash at Norton Fitzwarren
19/7/1891Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Line converted to standard gauge.
//1894Bristol and Exeter RailwayStoke Canon re-built to the west of the junction with the Exe Valley Railway
//1898Bristol and Exeter RailwayWesterleigh Tramway opened from Burlescombe to nearby quarry using old broad gauge rails.
//1940Bristol and Exeter RailwayBranch opened from Hunstpill to Puriton to serve the Ordinance Factory. The Factory has an internal narrow gauge railway.
4/11/1940Bristol and Exeter Railway27 passengers killed at Norton Fitzwarren due to a signal passed at danger.
//1950Bristol and Exeter RailwayWesterleigh Tramway closed, but not lifted, and quarrys internal tramway.
3/1/1951Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Line closed during fuel crisis.
29/10/1951East Somerset Railway
Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)
Wells Tucker Street re-opens on closure of Priory Road
7/5/1951Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Line re-opened.
//1964Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Closed
//1964Bristol and Exeter RailwayLocking Road, the excursion station in Weston-super-Mare, closed
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