Dartmoor railway line reopened today! (Exeter to Okehampton)

ColinJ

Puzzle game procrastinator!
I just caught some good news on the BBC news... More than 50 years after the Dartmoor railway line was closed by the Beeching cuts, it has been restored and reopened for regular passenger services between Exeter and Okehampton. [LINK]

I make regular trips to Devon to visit my sister and will be able to use that line to greatly extend my cycling range. Less than £3 return for me with my railcard - yay! :smile:
 

PeteXXX

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I heard about that, too. What was the line used after Beeching and before the re-railification?
 

mudsticks

Obviously an Aubergine
I just caught some good news on the BBC news... More than 50 years after the Dartmoor railway line was closed by the Beeching cuts, it has been restored and reopened for regular passenger services between Exeter and Okehampton. [LINK]

I make regular trips to Devon to visit my sister and will be able to use that line to greatly extend my cycling range. Less than £3 return for me with my railcard - yay! :smile:
Like you, I look forward to using this to extend the weekend range.

I didn't investigate too far on the website, but I'm hoping they've made lots and lots of bike storage provision..

The station at Okehampton has a very excellent tearoom. :okay:
 
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ColinJ

ColinJ

Puzzle game procrastinator!
I didn't investigate too far on the website, but I'm hoping they've made lots and lots of bike storage provision..
I checked on the National Rail planner and they quoted '2-6' bikes per train, with no reservations needed (or possible?). It sounds like official space for 2 bikes and squeeze more on if needed. The kind of thing I am used to here on Northern trains (which are bike friendly) as opposed to Trans Pennine trains (which are NOT)!
 

Spartak

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I just caught some good news on the BBC news... More than 50 years after the Dartmoor railway line was closed by the Beeching cuts, it has been restored and reopened for regular passenger services between Exeter and Okehampton. [LINK]

I make regular trips to Devon to visit my sister and will be able to use that line to greatly extend my cycling range. Less than £3 return for me with my railcard - yay! :smile:
That's great news....
We need more railways 🚉 👍
 

DRM

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West Yorks
Thankfully (!?) we don't have gendered carriages..

Although it was noticeable that it was Annie and Clarabel who were the ones who got towed or shunted about by Thomas and friends.:rolleyes:
As well as the troublesome trucks, but they really upset Diesel, quite deservedly imho
 

newts

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Isca Dumnoniorum
The line has been a summer weekend route with limited trains for a few years. Riding a bike up the old A30 from Exeter to Okehampton is a lovely route, a bit of elevation but nothing too challenging. The views are stunning.
 

DRM

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Location
West Yorks
That whole railway system was a health and safety disaster, every book some horrendous accident or gross negligence, how it avoided Beeching's axe I don't know.
but they had their own unique way of sorting out problem loco's, didn't Gordon get bricked up in a disused tunnel for being pompous? perhaps it could be added to the things aren't what they were thread, WRT cruel and unusual punishments
 

mudsticks

Obviously an Aubergine
but they had their own unique way of sorting out problem loco's, didn't Gordon get bricked up in a disused tunnel for being pompous? perhaps it could be added to the things aren't what they were thread, WRT cruel and unusual punishments
Not to mention the body shaming..

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