Exeter Railway



Dates

01/10/1835[Bristol and Exeter Railway]
Prospectus issued.
19/05/1836[Bristol and Exeter Railway]
Act passed.
  /  /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 & Backwell, Yatton, Puxton & Worle, Bleadon & 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 & 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 Railway]
[Great Western Railway]
Great Westerns offer refused
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])
Opened.
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 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 BER] ([Bristol and Exeter Railway])
Powers for a line to Chard transferred to the Bristol and Exeter.
11/09/1866[Chard Branch BER] ([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[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.
  /  /1875[Bristol and Exeter Railway]
Westleigh Quarry tramway opened. It ran for 1 mile from Burlescombe
30/05/1875[Bristol and Exeter Railway]
First standard gauge train runs from Bristol to Taunton and Weston-super-Mare
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 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 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 branch closed and re-opened as a standard gauge loop line.
  /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 quarrys 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])
Line re-opened.
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
  /  /1964[Cheddar Valley and Yatton Railway] ([Bristol and Exeter Railway])
Closed
  /  /1964[Bristol and Exeter Railway]
Locking Road, the excursion station in Weston-super-Mare, closed
06/07/1964[Chard Branch BER] ([Bristol and Exeter Railway])
Closed.
05/10/1964#Tiverton Branch# ([Bristol and Exeter Railway])
Closed to passengers
05/10/1964[Bristol and Exeter Railway]
All stations between Exeter and Taunton, except Tiverton Junction, closed
03/10/1966[Clevedon Branch] ([Bristol and Exeter Railway])
Line closed
  /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 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