Devon and Somerset Railway






Dates

29/07/1864[Devon and Somerset Railway]
Act passed
08/06/1871[Devon and Somerset Railway]
Norton Fitzwarren to Wivelscombe opened.
01/11/1873[Devon and Somerset Railway]
Wivelscombe to Barnstaple opened. The line had three crossing places in 43 single track miles.
  /05/1881[Devon and Somerset Railway]
Line converted from broad gauge to standard gauge.
01/06/1887[Devon and Somerset Railway]
Link to the [London and South Western Railway] in Barnstaple opened.
  /  /1901[Devon and Somerset Railway]
[Great Western Railway]
Devon and Somerset Railway absorbed by the Great Western Railway.
  /02/1937[Devon and Somerset Railway]
Norton Fitzwarren to Milverton doubled, partly due to Ilfracombe excursion traffic.
  /  /1963[Devon and Somerset Railway]
Cattle traffic ceases.
03/10/1966[Devon and Somerset Railway]
Line closed

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Norton Fitzwarren to Barnstaple

A Peak with a westbound service between Taunton and Norton Fitzwarren at Easter time in 1981. The train is about to pass over Silk Mill level ...
John McIntyre //1981
A class 47 about to take a Paddington bound train over Silk Mill level crossing just east of Norton Fitzwarren station at Easter time in 1981. [With ...
John McIntyre //1981







The former goods shed at Dulverton, on the GWR's branch line from Taunton to Barnstable, seen here from the roadside in April 2017. The station, ...
Peter Todd 24/04/2017
The largest intermediate station on the Norton Fitzwarren to Barnstaple line, and terminus for services along the Exe Valley line until 1963, ...
Mark Dufton 11/09/1976

Interior of the camping coach at East Anstey in August 1952 [see image 38559]. A touch on the Spartan side perhaps? ...
John Thorn /08/1952
East Anstey was the first station in Devon on the Taunton to Barnstaple branch. We stayed there in this camping coach in August 1952. There was still ...
John Thorn /08/1952



The remains of South Molton station on the Norton Fitzwarren - Barnstaple line around 1982. The station closed along with the line itself in October ...
Ian Dinmore //1982





The former broad gauge goods shed at Barnstaple Victoria Road station (Western terminus of the Devon and Somerset Railway) is now assured of a good ...
Ken Strachan //2007
The former broad gauge goods shed at Barnstaple Victoria Road station (Western terminus of the Devon and Somerset Railway) is now assured of a good ...
Ken Strachan //2007
The former broad gauge goods shed at Barnstaple Victoria Road station (Western terminus of the Devon and Somerset Railway) is now assured of a good ...
Ken Strachan //2007