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HER Number:MDV22592
Name:The Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton Section


The London and South Western railway opened to Okehampton Station in 1871. This line was closed to passengers in the 1960s, but has recently been opened for recreational use.


Grid Reference:SX 595 944
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishOkehampton
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1360662
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/100

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RAILWAY (XIX - 1871 AD to 1871 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'London & South Western Railway' shown.

Thomas, D. St. J., 1981, A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain, 101-4 (Monograph). SDV168.

The Devon and Cornwall railway. Opened to Okehampton Station 3rd October1871, the extension to Lydford being opened 12th October 1874.

National Monuments Record, 2012, 1360662 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV349616.

Dismantled railway. Originally authorised as the Okehampton Railway in 1862 to build a narrow gauge railway from Coleford Junction on the North Devon line to Okehampton. In 1863 powers were obtained for extension to Lydford. In 1865 its name was changed to the Devon and Cornwall Railway, and it was absorbed in the London and South Western Railway in 1872. The first section between Coleford and North Tawton was completed in 1865, but due to financial stringencies, Okehampton Road (later Sampford Courtenay was not reached until 1867 and Lydford in 1874. At first the track was single, but doubling proceeded rapidly and was completed in 1879. The line was closed in 1972.

The Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association, 2012, Dartmoor Railway (Website). SDV349612.

The route of the Dartmoor Railway is part of what was once the London South Western Railway main line from London Waterloo to Plymouth and North Cornwall opened as a through route in 1876. When many of the lines in the South West were axed in the 1960’s, this particular stretch of line was kept open to transport ballast from Meldon Quarry for use on all parts of the British Railways Southern Region. In the late 20th/early 21st century the line has also been used for seasonal recreational journeys.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV168Monograph: Thomas, D. St. J.. 1981. A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain. A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain. 1. Unknown. 101-4.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV349612Website: The Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association. 2012. Dartmoor Railway. www.dartmoor-railway.co.uk. Website.
SDV349616National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2012. 1360662. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV70201Related to: Military Sidings, Okehampton Station (Monument)
MDV57375Related to: Okehampton Station (Monument)
MDV37078Related to: SIGNAL POST in the Parish of Okehampton (Monument)
MDV37081Related to: Signal Posts West of Okehampton Station (Monument)
MDV37079Related to: Signal Posts, Okehampton Station (Monument)
MDV37080Related to: Signal Posts, Okehampton Station (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Jul 5 2012 9:09AM