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Tavistock Railway Closure Commemorative Walk and Talk

Tavistock Walk and Talk on 5th May 2018

The restoration of our train services is 
relatively cheap, crucial and feasible

Interested members of the public on Tavistock station - still waiting  after 50 years!

 “What a day! The organisers did a fantastic job. However the commemoration was both a sad and an happy event. Sad in that so much magnificent railway structure was destroyed  in 1968 but happy in that it will be just a matter of time before it is reinstated. The Secretary of State, Chris Grayling has ordered that the initial  Okehampton to Exeter services be restored as soon as ‘reasonably possible’. The next to be restored has to be the Tavistock to Gunnislake line -  followed finally by the 21 miles stretch between Okehampton and Tavistock. This will complete, the ‘Northern Route’ between Exeter and Plymouth. Depending on the contactor the cost of the entire restoration could be as little as the cost of just two miles of the HS2.

As of 5th May 2018 over 100,000 people in West Devon and North Cornwall have not access to regular train services for 50 years. This  has held back the region, destroyed businesses and a left Plymouth with a single weather dependent route running along a beach in places!

The restoration of our train services is cheap, crucial and feasible. For more information go to www.prg.2day.uk or Peninsular Rail Group  on Facebook. Join the campaign for your sake and your children’s sake”

Richard Searight Founder / Chair of Peninsular Rail Group

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Notices  advertising the Commemorations

Tavistock Railway Closure Commemorative Walk

 
05 May 2018

In May 1968 the last train left Tavistock and the town’s link to the national railway network was severed. To mark the anniversary of closure, railway history author and photographer Stephen Fryer is leading a guided walk with a rare opportunity to see inside the old station building and hear how 2,000 navvies overcame the challenges of building 76 bridges, six viaducts, three tunnels and numerous cuttings as we explore a section of the old railway track. Meet outside Tavistock Town Hall at 2.00pm on Saturday 5th May.

Tickets cost £5 on the day (under 16s free)

 
 

Tavistock Railway Closure Commemorative Talk

United Reformed Church, Russell Street Tavistock

05 May 2018

With talk of the railway returning to Tavistock, here is a rare chance to find out more about how the railway arrived first time around almost 120 years ago, and how the town was cut off from the UK railway network half a century ago on 5th May 1968. Railway author Stephen Fryer will talk about the building of the line, while Bernard Mills will share his memories and anecdotes about his early career as a railwayman at Tavistock – this promises to be a fascinating and highly entertaining commemorative talk. United Reformed Church (Russell Street) on Saturday 5th May at 7.30pm.

 

Tickets cost £5 on the door (under 16s free)

   

2nd Royal Oke Special Train!  Okehampton to Oxford & Stratford upon Avon


This is the second one day special train to help to demonstrate the interest in a regular service between Okehampton and Exeter St Davids.

Travel from Okehampton Station to Oxford & Stratford upon Avon by Train on Saturday 21st April

A chance to enjoy Shakespeare country who's birthday is celebrated two days later. Alternatively Inspector Morse City of Oxford.

One  easy step

OUT

Time

RETURN

Time

Okehampton Town

07.10

Stratford upon Avon

16.13

Crediton

07.47

Oxford

17.20

Exeter St David’s

08.12

Exeter St Davids

19.47.

Oxford

10.26

Crediton

20.05

Stratford upon Avon

11.32

Okehampton Town

20.45

 

Travel from Okehampton to Oxford & Stratford upon Avon by Train on Saturday 21st April

The 2 nd special Royal Oke train leaving from Okehampton Station

Chance to enjoy Shakespeare country who's birthday is celebrated two days later. Alternatively Inspector Morse City of Oxford.

One easy step:

 OUT

Time

RETURN

Time

Okehampton Town

07.10

Stratford upon Avon

16.13

Crediton

07.47

Oxford

17.20

Exeter St David’s

08.12

Exeter St Davids

19.47.

Oxford

10.26

Crediton

20.05

Stratford upon Avon

11.32

Okehampton Town

20.45

 

 They may change by a few minutes so keep an eye on www.facebook.com/okerail/

Rail services lost under 1960s Beeching cuts may reopen

Transport secretary Chris Grayling could restore closed lines under plan to expand rail network and increase growth.  CLICK for excellent Guardian Article


'People felt cut off': talk of reopening railway line sparks hope in Devon

Residents of Okehampton welcome news that service that was discontinued as part of Beeching cuts in 1960s may be restored

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/01/okehampton-residents-welcome-talk-of-reopening-railway-lines#comment-109093845 


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