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Cancelled – visit to the Exeter & Teign Valley Railway (IA Section)

Thu. 8 September 2022 at 2:30 pm

A visit to the Exeter & Teign Valley Railway at Christow as guests of Colin Burges.

Sadly this event has had to be cancelled as the owner of the site has decided that the weather forecast precludes a safe visit to his site. We hope that a visit in kinder weather in the spring of next year may be possible.

The Teign Valley branch railway was built in two halves by two companies, with twenty-one years separating their completions. The line from Heathfield, on the Moretonhampstead Branch, to Teign House Siding (just short of the site of Christow Station) was built by the Teign Valley Railway and opened in 1882. It mostly followed the river valley.

From Christow to a junction with the Great Western main line near St. Thomas in Exeter was completed by the Exeter Railway in 1903. The line left the Teign and passed through two tunnels to reach the Exe Valley.

The two companies, formed under different names, ended up with only eight miles of railway. It was worked by the G.W.R. and later known as the Teign Valley Branch. It was closed in 1958.
(Text excerpted from The Exeter & Teign Valley Railway at https://www.teignrail.co.uk/the-railway.php )

Colin Burges is a railwayman and owner and operator of the Teign Valley Railway, and is restoring the Christow Station goods yard.

There is no charge for the visit. However, Colin will provide tea and cakes for visitors, and would appreciate donations for the visit and tea.

Meet at the adjacent, ample parking area at EX6 7LE. The entrance is through a drive off the B3193 marked “Watersmeet”, next to Little Venn Bridge. There is good disability access (maps available on request). Colin requests that we car share as much as possible.

Registration is necessary as numbers are limited. Please register by email to iasda@devonassoc.org.uk. For any further details please contact Richard Pocock at richarddpocock@gmail.com.


Thu. 8 September 2022
2:30 pm
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