Sampford Courtenay railway station

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Sampford Courtenay National Rail
Sampford Courtenay Station, Dartmoor railway, Devon.jpg
The station in 2016
Location
Place Sampford Courtenay
Local authority West Devon
Grid reference SX626985
Operations
Station code SMC
Managed by Dartmoor Railway
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 150
2013/14 Decrease 146
2014/15 Increase 196
2015/16 Decrease 130
2016/17 Increase 144
History
1867 Opened
5 June 1972 Closed to passengers by British Rail
2002 Re-opened by the Dartmoor Railway
2008

Dartmoor Railway services temporarily withdrawn during change of ownership,

Devon County Council sponsored Sunday service during Summer retained
2009 Dartmoor Railway services reintroduced, Devon County Council Sunday service during Summer continued operated by Great Western Railway
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Sampford Courtenay from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Sampford Courtenay railway station is a railway station at Belstone Corner serving the nearby (1.6 miles) village of Sampford Courtenay in Devon. The village lies 3 minutes away by car or 30 minutes by foot via the B3215.

History[edit]

The station in October 1969

The station was originally opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) as Okehampton Road when it formed the terminus and it was renamed as Belstone Corner when the line was extended to Okehampton in 1871,[1] and later renamed again as Sampford Courtenay.[2] Services on the line were extended further west to Lydford railway station with the inauguration of Meldon Viaduct in 1874. Constructed to rival the South Devon Railway route to Plymouth, the completion of the LSWR's own route to Plymouth saw this line become an important route with lines to Padstow and Bude as well as Plymouth. Boat trains carrying passengers from ocean liners calling at Stonehouse Pool, Plymouth and prestige services such as the Atlantic Coast Express and Devon Belle all used the route.

Sampford Courtenay in 1970

Following publication of the Beeching Report in 1963, the Exeter to Plymouth Line was cut back to Okehampton in 1968.

Bow, North Tawton, Sampford Courtenay and Okehampton lost their passenger services from 1972. The line survived, however, for the purposes of freight thanks to the activities of the British Rail ballast quarry at Meldon, three miles from Okehampton, which had an output of 300,000 tons per year. The quarry is not at present in operation and no freight originates from it. The quarry site is owned by Aggregate Industries.

The station name is sometimes given as Sampford Courtney, but it is unclear as to whether it was ever officially spelt this way.

Reopening[edit]

The Dartmoor Railway reopened the former up side platform at the station in 2002. The Exeter to Okehampton service, known to many as the 'Sunday Rover', is operated by Great Western Railway, thanks to financial support from Devon County Council and at present (2018) operates on Sundays between 20 May to 16 September inclusive. Four return services are operated by Great Western Railway from Exeter and all serve Sampford Courtenay. These trains are timetabled to link in with Dartmoor Rover bus services and Dartmoor Railway services at Okehampton. Occasional heritage passenger services operate from the station, running to Okehampton and Meldon Quarry.[3]

Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Terminus   Dartmoor Railway   Okehampton
National Rail National Rail
Crediton   Great Western Railway
Dartmoor Line
Summer Sundays only
  Okehampton
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Yeoford   Dartmoor Railway   Okehampton

Future options[edit]

Dartmoor Railway
miles
0    
Crediton
through services on summer Sundays
Salmon Pool Level Crossing
3¾ 
Yeoford
served by Tarka Line trains only
Coleford Junction
8½ 
Bow
11¾ 
North Tawton
14½ 
Sampford Courtenay
18¼ 
Okehampton
20¼ 
Meldon Viaduct/
Meldon Quarry
to Padstow and Bude

The Dartmoor Railway proposes to restore the interchange at Yeoford Junction where its line meets Great Western Railway's Tarka Line. The company is looking to create a railhead at Okehampton which would serve local industry and thereby save 50,000 lorry journeys per year.[4]

British American Railway Services Ltd, a new company created by Iowa Pacific Holdings of Chicago, became the new owner of the Dartmoor Railway on 4 September 2008. The company intends to develop freight, passenger and tourist services on the railway.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Southern Region Record by R.H.Clark
  2. ^ Nock, O. S. (1965) The London & South Western Railway. Pub. Ian Allan. London. P. 48.
  3. ^ Dartmoor Railway, News & Events
  4. ^ Western Morning News, "£1.5m plan to expand moor railway", 8 June 2007, p. 34.
  5. ^ Heritage Railway, Pub. Heritage Railway Magazine. Issue 116, 2 October 2008 – 29 October 2008. P. 18.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°46′11″N 3°56′56″W / 50.76975°N 3.94896°W / 50.76975; -3.94896