|01/10/1835||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
|19/05/1836||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
|/ /1838||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Weston-super-Mare branch authorised.
|05/03/1839||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Broad gauge decided upon.
|25/03/1841||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
New Bridgwater Docks opened.
|14/06/1841||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Bristol (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 and Backwell, Yatton, Puxton and Worle, Bleadon and Uphill, Brean Road Halt, Brent Knoll, Highbridge, Dunball, Bridgwater, Weston Milton Halt and Weston-Super-Mare.
|01/07/1842||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Bridgwater to Taunton opened. Stations on this section at: Durston, Creech and Taunton.
|/ /1843||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Somerset Bridge, similar to Maidenhead Bridge, over the tidal Parrett is replaced by a timber viaduct when it fails.
|01/05/1843||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Taunton to Beambridge opened. Stations on this section at: Norton Fitzwarren, Wellington (Somerset) and a temporary terminus at Beambridge while a tunnel was completed.
|01/05/1844||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Beambridge to Exeter opened. Stations on this section at: Burlescombe, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton Junction, Cullompton, Hele and Bradninch, Silverton, Stoke Canon and Exeter St Davids.
|/ /1845||Bristol 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.
|07/11/1845||Bristol and Exeter RailwayGreat Western Railway|
Great Western's take over offer refused by the smaller company.
|28/07/1847||Clevedon Branch (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Line opened as broad gauge. Station opened at Clevedon.
|12/06/1848||#Tiverton Branch# (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
|30/04/1849||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Great Western Railway
Great Westerns lease expires
|01/04/1851||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Horse traction abandoned on the Weston-super-Mare [1st] branch
|/ /1852||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Accident at Creech - locomotive de-rails, no passenger injuries
|/ /1853||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Yeovil Branch opened
|/08/1855||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Electric telegraph installed and operated by the Electric Telegraph Company
|/ /1859||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Company takes over operation of electric telegraph
|/ /1863||Chard Branch (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Powers for a line to Chard transferred to the Bristol and Exeter Railway.
|11/09/1866||Chard Branch (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Line opened to joint station at Chard on a section of joint line.
|/ /1868||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Taunton station expanded
|03/08/1869||Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Yatton to Cheddar opened.
|05/04/1870||Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Cheddar to Wells opened
|/ /1875||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Westleigh Quarry tramway opened. It ran for 1 mile from Burlescombe
|/ /1875||Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Converted to standard gauge.
|/ /1875||Exe Valley Railway|
Bristol and Exeter Railway
Authorisation powers transferred to the Bristol and Exeter line.
|30/05/1875||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
First standard gauge train runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Taunton and Weston-super-Mare [1st] .
|01/01/1876||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Great Western Railway
Great Western leases line
|/03/1876||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
First standard gauge goods reaches Exeter
|24/05/1876||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Leading coach of train de-rails at Silverton
|27/07/1876||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Engine 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.
|01/08/1876||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Great Western Railway
Great Western absorbs the Bristol and Exeter
|01/01/1878||East Somerset RailwayCheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)Great Western Railway|
The Great Western Railway starts to run passenger trains from the Cheddar line through the Somerset and Dorset Railway's Wells station to Witham.
|/ /1879||Clevedon Branch (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Converted to standard gauge
|01/03/1884||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Weston-super-Mare [1st] branch closed and re-opened as a standard gauge loop line via Weston-super-Mare.
|/06/1884||#Tiverton Branch# (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Converted from broad gauge to standard gauge.
|11/11/1890||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
10 passengers killed in crash at Norton Fitzwarren.
|19/07/1891||Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Line converted to standard gauge.
|/ /1894||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Stoke Canon re-built to the west of the junction with the Exe Valley Railway.
|/ /1898||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Westerleigh Tramway opened from Burlescombe to nearby quarry using old broad gauge rails.
|/ /1940||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Branch opened from Hunstpill to Puriton to serve the Ordinance Factory. The Factory has an internal narrow gauge railway.
|04/11/1940||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
27 passengers killed at Norton Fitzwarren due to a signal passed at danger.
|/ /1950||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Westerleigh Tramway closed, but not lifted, and quarry's internal tramway.
|03/01/1951||Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Line closed during fuel crisis.
|07/05/1951||Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
|29/10/1951||East Somerset Railway|
Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)
Wells Tucker Street re-opens on closure of Priory Road
|09/09/1963||East Somerset Railway
Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Yatton to Witham closed to passengers
|/ /1964||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Locking Road, the excursion station in Weston-super-Mare, closed
|/ /1964||Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
|06/07/1964||Chard Branch BER (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
|05/10/1964||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
All stations between Exeter and Taunton, except Tiverton Junction, closed
|05/10/1964||#Tiverton Branch# (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Closed to passengers
|03/10/1966||Clevedon Branch (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
|/04/1967||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Bridgwater dock line closed
|05/06/1967||#Tiverton Branch# (Bristol and Exeter Railway)|
Closed to freight
|/ /1972||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Weston-super-Mare loop singled except at station
|06/07/1978||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
12 passengers killed in a fire on a Penzance to London Paddington sleeper train.
|/ /1984||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Track of Westerleigh Tramway lifted by the Great Western Society.
|11/05/1986||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Tiverton Junction station closed.
|12/05/1986||Bristol and Exeter Railway|
Tiverton Parkway opened on the site of Samford Peverell.
These locations are along the line.
This is a two platform station.
This is a six platform station to the north west of the city. It is the principal station in the town being served by trains from London Paddington (by the former Great Western Railway) and London Waterloo (by the former London and South Western Railway). The main line continues west to Plymouth and Penzance. There are branches to Barnstaple and Exmouth. ...More details