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Our Goal

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Our Vision

Our aim is to reinstate the old London and South Western Railway line between Torrington and Bideford and to advance education about the history of industry and transportation in the Torridge Valley.

One route for everyone

We will ensure that the popular Tarka Trail walking and cycling route that now runs along the path of the old line is enhanced and maintained alongside for all users to continue to enjoy!

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Encouraging Visitors

Our project will encourage more visitors to the Torridge Valley which will in turn aid economic growth, this will benefit many businesses in the wider local area.

What benefits does a Heritage Railway offer?

Heritage rail and economic impact

Heritage rail and economic impact

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Our Progress so Far...

Phase 1

Phase One of our project was to relay 300 yards of track out of Torrington station towards Bideford up to Bridge 136 with the addition of a siding alongside the old Coal Dock along with the provision of a Shop and Visitor Centre. This gives us a firm base from which to expand and was completed towards the end of 2022.

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Phase 2

We are now at the planning stage of Phase Two of our project, this is the extension of the railway line to the first bridge over the River Torridge. Here we will build a halt to allow passengers to further explore the Tarka Trail and the path of the former Rolle Canal.

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