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Thank you for showing an interest in the development of the Tarka Valley Railway, the railway that is definitely going places! Set in the beautiful countryside of North Devon, the railway follows the course of the River Torridge, with the eventual aim of running alongside the tidal stretch into Bideford.

A Brief History,

Tarka Valley Railway Guide

Phase 1

The proposed extension to the first overbridge, approximately 300 yards commencing from the current buffer stop at the platform end.

Tarka Valley Railway Construction & Operational Plan Phase 1

Future Developments

Tarka Valley Railway was incorporated in November 2014 as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and was formed out of the Tarka Valley Railway Group which was set up in July 2008.  Registration of the C.I.O. with the Charity Commission was confirmed on July 13th 2015.

Tarka Valley Railway C.I.O.

Group History

Volunteer News

Recent recruit, Bob, writes about his experiences in an open letter.

100 CLUB

Mr R Knight won the 100 club in June.


This little 0-4-0 diesel electric locomotive, is at the Chasewater Railway and is for sale.

The railway to Torrington was opened in August 1872, the station was originally opened as a terminus, but provision was made to extend the line beyond should the need arise. However, in 1881 a 3' gauge line was built to serve the Marland Brick and Clay Works, about 6 miles south of Torrington


The Objectives of the Tarka Valley Railway C.I.O are:

The railway and cycleway complement each other. In other parts of the country similar developments have taken place to the mutual advantage of both transport forms. Many people now walk or cycle one way and return by train, provision can be made for the transportation of cycles.

Benefits to the local community

News in brief

Dates for your Diary

By the 1990's the track had been lifted, and the area had become overgrown. The former station building had become The Puffing Billy', a public house. However, when the railway was closed, there was a proviso that the trackbed should not be built on just in case the railway should be required by British Rail. Devon County Council became the owners of the formation.

Puffing Billy and beyond

Towards Preservation

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September 2016


Open days


Games, engines, vintage vehicles, cakes, stalls and much more!