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Dartmoor Line ownership officially transferred to Network Rail.

Round-up video - summing up the latest progress on the Dartmoor Line.


If you’ve missed any of the rapid progress so far to get the Dartmoor Line up to scratch, then this is the video for you. 

Round-up video

New Track Construction train


Record track laying time achieved!


Okehampton train services - More details revealed


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Okehampton train services update

The new Dartmoor Line website is launched today



Some excellent news today re the opening of the Okehampton to Exeter line and the reintroduction of regular daily services once more! Such an important and vital step in our campaign, It even made it as a substantial feature on National BBC News this morning - great publicity...

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Latest update on the reopening of the Okehampton rail link to Exeter.


Okehampton to Exeter railway line secures more than £40m funding

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Excellent News at last!


Fabulous news from OkeRail!

After weeks of not being able to say anything, today the confirmation that the government are restoring the passenger service was in the spending review.

In the National Infrastructure Strategy, which was also published today, alongside the CSR, on page...

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New plan for south west railways unveiled


SCHEMES to improve the railway network in the south west of England costing a total of less than £1.2 billion are set out in a plan which has been sent to ministers today.

The proposals build on upgrades in recent years, which have included the introduction of half-hourly services on the...

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Special Train from Okehampton to Weymouth

14 September 2019

The Train

OkeRail Forum in partnership with Great Western Railway and Dartmoor Railway are planning to run an express passenger train from Okehampton Station to Weymouth on Saturday 14th September 2019.

The train will depart from Okehampton at 08.15 and arrive...

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The Okehampton Castle special train to Weymouth & Dorchester

14 September 2019


Okehampton Dep 08.15

Crediton Dep 08.50

Exeter St Davids Dep 09.08


Dorchester West 11.28  Weymouth 1138

We will...

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Quantum Theatre presents The Wind in the Willows

28 August 2019

Theatre for all the family in the open-air!

Presented by: Bude Youth Theatre

Location: Ebbingdon Manor, Vicarage Road, Bude EX23 8LN

Date: Wednesday 28th August, 2019

Door time: 5:00pm, start time: 6:30pm

All ages

Event Information

Spring is...

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Letter to Scott Mann MP

27 June 2019

Summer Sunday Rail Service from Okehampton to Exeter

May to September 2019

The Summer Sunday Rail Service from Okehampton to Exeter recommences on the 19th May.

You can once more enjoy a comfortable traffic-free rail journey into the city centre over the remaining part of the route from Bude to the outside world.

Hopefully not long now before we see a...

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‘Swann Songs’ to Support Connect Bude

10 April 2019

Singers Jan Baker and Robert Barber, and pianist Peter Clarke, who recently became members of Connect Bude (the group that is campaigning to reconnect Bude and Holsworthy to the National Railway Network) have kindly offered to raise awareness and funds for Connect Bude, by performing their...

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The Future of Seaside Towns Report

4 April 2019

Review of House of Lords report on ‘The Future of Seaside Towns’ published 4 April 2019.

A note by Lord Shutt of Greetland (edited for these minutes). Bude is mentioned in the 100+ page report as...

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Sunday Rail Service from Okehampton

Summer 2018

Great Western Railway ran trains to and from Okehampton every Sunday from 20 May until 9 September 2018.

Okehampton Sunday train service timetable (PDF)

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Royal Oke Special Train on 21 April

April 2018

Press Release from OkeRail

The Royal Oke special trains have a national impact with regard reopening the Okehampton to Exeter line. The Government, directed by Chris Grayling [Minister of Transport] had instructed GWR to prepare plans to reopen this line. GWR Regional Development Manger...

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Great News on Services Between Okehampton and Exeter!

January 2018

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said “We have instructed GWR to prepare plans to introduce regular train services to Okehampton, with the objective of securing a credible and costed plan for delivering an all-week, all-year train service between Exeter and Okehampton as soon as reasonably...

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