|Okehampton railway station, on the Dartmoor Railway|
|Built by||London and South Western Railway|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Owned by||Aggregate Industries Ltd|
|Operated by||Dartmoor Railway CIC |
|Length||15.5 miles (24.9 km)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Closed||1968 (West of Meldon to all traffic) 1972 (to regular passenger services from Okehampton to Exeter)|
|1997||Regular passenger services restarted by Dartmoor Railway|
The Dartmoor Railway is a 15.5-mile (24.9 km) long railway line in Devon, England. From Crediton the line parallels the Tarka Line to the site of the former Coleford Junction. Heading west it then serves Sampford Courtenay, Okehampton and Meldon Quarry. The route is owned from Coleford to Meldon by Aggregate Industries. Freight trains served the ballast quarry at Meldon. The line is leased to and maintained by the Dartmoor Railway CIC, who operate heritage railway services and facilitate access to the line by other operators.
A public service between Exeter and Okehampton is run on summer Sundays operated by First Great Western. Ballast and stone trains were operated by one of the national freight operating companies. In 2011 the quarry was mothballed leading to the suspension of ballast and stone trains. The line is also used occasionally by other operators for training purposes.
The route was originally part of the London and South Western Railway West of England Main Line from Exeter to Plymouth, which opened between 1865 and 1879. In 1968, British Rail closed the line beyond Meldon as part of the Beeching cuts. The Exeter to Okehampton passenger service was withdrawn by British Rail in 1972.
Between 1972 and 1997 the line was used for railway ballast traffic from Meldon Quarry and occasional freight traffic to the remaining goods yard at Okehampton before its closure. Occasional Charter and Special trains operated to Okehampton and Meldon Quarry during the passenger closure period. The railway reopened to regular passenger services in 1997 with the creation of the Heritage Dartmoor Railway.
The Dartmoor Railway (Okehampton) currently runs at a total of 15 miles in length making the line the Eighth longest preserved Standard Gauge railway in Great Britain.
Public train services 
Devon County Council sponsor the Sunday Rover trains between Exeter and Okehampton. These have run since the 1997 reopening and operate again in 2012 with services running from early June to late September.
The service consists of five return trips between St James Park station in Exeter and Okehampton. These trains connect with bus services and heritage railway services at Okehampton, and Tarka line rail services at Crediton.
Devon & Cornwall Railways Ltd (a subsidiary of British American Railway Services Ltd) announced its intention to operate through services from Okehampton to Exeter in 2010, having made a track access application to Network Rail on 18 March 2010 to operate four return services each weekday between Okehampton and St James Park and a further two (plus one on Sundays) as far as Exeter St Davids. This service would run under an "open access" licence. It was initially hoped services could start in May 2010. In the event this date was not realised and the application continues to await approval by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR).
Heritage activities 
Heritage services generally operate between Meldon Quarry and Sampford Courtenay with extension to Bow or the DR/Network Railway boundary on special event days. The former stations at North Tawton and Bow remain closed to passengers. Both stations are in private ownership and have no public access. The heritage service uses a variety of rolling stock which include a Class 205 "Thumper" unit restored to its original livery and number. Services also operate using restored diesel locomotives in push-pull trains and top and tail mode with a variety of coaching and ex EMU stock. A Steam service also operates occasionally. Volunteer support for the railway is provided by Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association (DRSA). Volunteers assist the railway operation in many of its activities.
British American Railway Services Ltd, a new company created by Iowa Pacific Holdings of Chicago, became the new owner of the Dartmoor Railway CIC on 4 September 2008. The company announced its intention to develop freight, passenger and tourist services on the railway.
A proposal was made to restore and reopen the disused down platform at Yeoford. It was not possible to agree arrangements with Network Rail who own Yeoford Station and the section of line from near the site of the former Coleford Junction towards Yeoford and Crediton. If this were eventually achieved it could allow the extension of Dartmoor Railway passenger services and provide the possibility of interchange with the Exeter - Barnstaple "Tarka line".
- Diesel Locomotives
- Diesel Multiple Units
- BR Class 205 units 205028 (1128) and 205032 (1132). Unit 1132 (205032) Operational. Unit 1128 (205028) Awaiting Restoration.
- Electrical Multiple Units
- Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association website. - Currently the only site giving Dartmoor Railway information.
- Dartmoor Railway website. - Offline
- "About the railway". Friends of Dartmoor Railway. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
- "Dartmoor Railway Applies to Run to Exeter" - Broadbent, S; RAIL Magazine news article, Issue 641, 7–20 April 2010, p.18
- "Volunteers". Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association. Retrieved 25 March 2013. Dartmoor Railway Supporters Association website Volunteers page
- Heritage Railway, Pub. Heritage Railway Magazine. Issue 116, 2 October 2008 - 29 October 2008. P. 18.
- "News". Dartmoor Railway. Retrieved 2 October 2009. Dartmoor Railway website Newspage