Thomas the Tank Engine™ character ‘Oliver’ may return to steam again to celebrate South Devon Railway’s 150th anniversary year
Sep17

Thomas the Tank Engine™ character ‘Oliver’ may return to steam again to celebrate South Devon Railway’s 150th anniversary year

No 1420, AKA ‘Oliver’ pictured in 2006 at South Devon Railway on a Sunday ‘Milk Train’ run The six-week long, nationwide ‘Love Your Railway’ campaign which ran from 26th July to 6th September, saw the South Devon Railway (SDR) actively involved in many family-themed events. The overhaul of ‘Oliver’, one of the classic steam loco characters from the late Rev Wilbert Awdry’s now world-famous Thomas the Tank Engine™ series of children’s...

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All aboard for 1871 – celebrating 150 years of Okehampton’s railway – UPDATE
Sep03

All aboard for 1871 – celebrating 150 years of Okehampton’s railway – UPDATE

Public Dinner in Fore Street, Okehampton, for 500 to 600 guests on 30th August, 1871, marking completion of the line from Okehampton Road (nowadays Sampford Courtenay) to Okehampton. While work to reopen the Dartmoor Line between Okehampton and Exeter later this year continues, over the coming weeks, as reported in the last edition of The Moorlander, a programme of events and exhibitions will celebrate 150 years since the railway...

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Time for celebration – it’s 150 years since the railway arrived in Okehampton
Aug20

Time for celebration – it’s 150 years since the railway arrived in Okehampton

The very first train arrives in Okehampton 3rd october 1871 Since our inception in 2016 The Moorlander has been a key supporter of those volunteer groups who have tirelessly campaigned for the return of the railway to Okehampton during the last decade and more. Amidst all the furore following the momentous announcement in March that, after an absence of almost 50 years, passenger services to Exeter are to recommence by the end of the...

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River Teign Restoration Project lands massive Heritage Lottery grant
Aug11

River Teign Restoration Project lands massive Heritage Lottery grant

Roger Furniss, Geoff Stephens and David West of the river teign restoration project © Chris Saville The River Teign Restoration Project is a four-year river conservation project centred around improving the water quality of the river and its tributaries for migratory fish species particularly salmon and seatrout. The project, which began in February this year, has been made possible thanks to a massive grant of £243,100 awarded by The...

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South Devon Railway celebrates ‘Heritage’ for the first week of Love Your Railway
Aug06

South Devon Railway celebrates ‘Heritage’ for the first week of Love Your Railway

© Bournemouth News & Picture Agency (BNPS) ‘Love Your Railway’ aims to shine a spotlight on not only the important work that heritage railways do with regards to historic conservation, education and research, but also highlight how the nation’s heritage railways have all been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of reduced capacities and income, which have threatened their very existence. The SDR is collaborating with...

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