Eggesford railway station

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Eggesford National Rail
Eggesford station 2011.jpg
The station viewed from northbound platform
Place Chawleigh
Local authority Mid Devon
Coordinates 50°53′16″N 3°52′31″W / 50.8878°N 3.87525°W / 50.8878; -3.87525Coordinates: 50°53′16″N 3°52′31″W / 50.8878°N 3.87525°W / 50.8878; -3.87525
Grid reference SS682114
Station code EGG
Managed by Great Western Railway
Number of platforms 2
DfT category F2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   11,430
2004/05 Increase 14,152
2005/06 Increase 16,009
2006/07 Increase 18,184
2007/08 Increase 18,658
2008/09 Increase 21,298
2009/10 Increase 22,858
2010/11 Increase 25,500
2011/12 Increase 26,902
2012/13 Increase 30,062
2013/14 Decrease 26,160
2014/15 Increase 29,106
Original company North Devon Railway
Pre-grouping London and South Western Railway
Post-grouping Southern Railway
Opened 1854
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Eggesford from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Eggesford railway station is a rural station in Devon, England, serving Eggesford, the town of Chulmleigh and surrounding villages. Despite its name, the station is actually in the neighbouring civil parish of Chawleigh. It is a passing place on the single track Tarka Line 21.25 miles (34 km) north west of Exeter on the way to Barnstaple.


The station was opened by the North Devon Railway on 1 August 1854.[1] The North Devon Railway was required to obtain permission from the landowner, the Earl of Portsmouth, whose country seat was situated within an estate near to the site of the station. It is said that the Earl agreed to the railway being built on his land on the understanding that all trains would stop at the station thus affording easy access to Eggesford House for visiting guests.

To this day, all trains continue to stop although the Earl's family have long become extinct. This is possibly more as a result of the station being an exchange point for tokens on the Crediton to Eggesford and Eggesford to Barnstaple Token Block sections. In BR steam days the summer Saturday Atlantic Coast Express, the thirteen coach 11.00 Waterloo to Ilfracombe, made its only stop between Exeter and Barnstaple at Eggesford.[2]

A signalbox was in existence at Eggesford until 1987, however the line has since been rationalised and the passing loop automated with the use of spring points. Token exchange is now carried out by the driver in an unmanned hut located on each platform. The conductor/guard is also required to operate the level crossing at the station as well as this is not automatic. Token release and train signalling is carried out by Crediton signalbox.

In the late 1960s, the down platform and buildings were washed away by the flooded River Taw, following torrential rain. However, a replacement structure was built.


A train to Exmouth

All trains on the Barnstaple to Exmouth service stop at Eggesford. Trains connect with main line services at Exeter St Davids. In the current timetable (NRT Table 136, May 2013) there is an hourly service each way for most of the day (Mon-Sat), with most north & southbound trains scheduled to pass each other here. On Sundays, trains run every two hours in each direction.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lapford   Great Western Railway
Tarka Line
  King's Nympton

Community railway[edit]

The railway between Exeter and Barnstaple is designated as a community railway and is supported by marketing provided by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. The line is promoted under the "Tarka Line" name.

The Eggesford Country House Hotel is included in the Tarka Line rail ale trail.


  1. ^ Nicholas, John (1992). The North Devon Line. Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-461-6. 
  2. ^ "Atlantic Coast Princess". North Cornwall Railway. Retrieved 10 March 2016.