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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.

 

The formation became part of a cycle way from Barnstaple, through Bideford and Torrington towards Halwill Junction - the Tarka Trail.

 

Over the years, interest started to grow in a plan to redevelop the railway site. Various items of rolling stock were acquired by the owner of The Puffing Billy' including Progress, one of the small diesel locomotives originally from the Marland Works.

 

The few people who had dreamed of reopening the line from Torrington towards Bideford had by 2008 grown into the Tarka Valley Railway Group, and had gained a good deal of local support.

 

Serious attention was given to detailed planning and development of the site. A few more track panels were laid within the platforms at Torrington and in 2013 the Tarka Valley Railway obtained planning approval to lay the first 300 yards of track in the direction of Bideford.

Towards preservation