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Aerial trip along the old Bude Branch


Have a look at this fascinating aerial trip along the old Bude Branch from Halwill Junction courtesy of Tom D and Google Maps technology!

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New hourly service starts on the Dartmoor Line!


From this Sunday (15 May), services on the popular Dartmoor Line will be doubled – giving passengers travelling between Exeter and Okehampton the option to travel more frequently. 

The new HOURLY service

There are now hourly trains...



The new hourly service between Okehampton and Exeter begins on the 15th May!

Along the Dartmoor Line, at Fatherford and Coleford, engineers will be further improving the drainage and track bed to enable faster line speeds ready for the increase to faster hourly services from mid-May....

A virtual journey from Okehampton to Exeter


For those of you who haven't yet sampled the delights of a journey on the newly reopened Dartmoor Line, why not enjoy this virtual journey down the line?

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Upgrade work news!


Upgrade work 25 April to 9 May to enable hourly service.


Track renewals along the Dartmoor Line will affect train services between Exeter and Okehampton from Monday 25 April to Monday 9 May. This work is essential to the introduction of hourly services on the...

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Visit Dartmoor by Train


Explore Dartmoor right from the station!

Okehampton station is at the northern tip of Dartmoor National Park. Set off on walks right from the station to explore woods and waterfalls, cosy villages and rugged peaks.


Carpark facilities at Okehampton Station


Latest news from our colleagues at OkeRail.


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Dartmoor Line is an instant success!


More than 10,000 people have travelled on the Dartmoor Line in the first two weeks since its reopening!

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The first train from Okehampton


Here it is! The first train of the reopened Dartmoor Line, ready to depart Exeter St Davids this morning at 0632! 

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A new era begins


Today marks the return of regular train services on the Dartmoor Line between Exeter and Okehampton for the first time in almost half a century.

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Latest Train & Bus link Timetable for Okehampton. Opening Saturday 20th November!


After nearly 50 years, the Dartmoor Line reopens for year-round passenger services this Saturday (20th November). It is expected to be busy so please read our guide to this exciting day:


National News Coverage of Okehampton reopening!


Dartmoor railway line is back after 50 years – here’s what to do and see along the route.

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Limited edition prints available!


Artists Becky Bettesworth and Andrew Olly Oliver (co-founder of Okehampton gallery Moon & Moor) both have limited edition prints now available celebrating The Dartmoor Line’s past and future.

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The Famous Five Dartmoor Line Poster


The Famous Five Dartmoor Line Poster!


Preparing the line ahead of opening!


Here is the shiny new GWR information leaflet that is out ready to welcome the re-opening of the Okehampton Line on the 20th November - momentous times!

Please note that car parking at Okehampton Station is only going to be £2 per day and that improved bus connections right to the Station...

The Dartmoor Line Poster and Timetable


Here is the new Dartmoor Line poster and Timetable.

The news we've all been waiting for!


After nearly 50 years, daily passenger rail services are returning to Okehampton!

The Dartmoor Line opens on 20 November 2021, becoming the first line to be reinstated under the Department for Transport’s 'Restoring your Railway' initiative.

After a huge team effort to make the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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)

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...

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...