“Damn it all, they are mostly pure fantasy”   – Remembering the life of Roald Dahl
Jun04

“Damn it all, they are mostly pure fantasy” – Remembering the life of Roald Dahl

Over 30 years since his death, the words of Roald Dahl continue to echo through time as an important handwritten letter by Roald Dahl – considered one of the world’s best storytellers – has been discovered by an auction house in Staffordshire. The letter, dated 2nd August, 1989, gives a rare insight into the author’s opinion of his own work and determination to get children reading. The owner and recipient of the letter, Christine...

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Histories and Mysteries: A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain
Jun01

Histories and Mysteries: A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain

Daniel Defoe is best known, of course, as the author of Robinson Crusoe (1719) but he was also famous as a political pamphleteer and is often called the father of modern journalism. He was born as Daniel Foe in 1660, the son of a butcher in Stoke Newington in London, but used the grander-sounding ‘Defoe’ as his pen name. A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels first published in three volumes...

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Threat to reinstatement of disused trackbed as property goes on market
May31

Threat to reinstatement of disused trackbed as property goes on market

The trackbed at Dunsland Cross – Image courtesy Bond Oxborough Phillips While ConnectBude await the outcome of their Restore Your Railway application for feasibility funding to reinstate the missing Bude to Okehampton rail link via Holsworthy and Halwill Junction, a property which sits on part of the disused trackbed has recently come on the market. The Granary & Workshop which is sited on the former Dunsland Cross station...

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Network Rail investment sees improvements to the Tarka Line
May30

Network Rail investment sees improvements to the Tarka Line

The new bridge prior to replacing the old installation between Yeoford and Copplestone © Chris Saville The Tarka Rail Association, one of the oldest and most successful Rail User Groups representing rail users on the Exeter to Barnstaple ‘Tarka Line’, welcomes the recent easing of COVID restrictions providing the incentive for more passengers to return to Devon’s railways. The Association also particularly welcomes the news that...

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All public transport links must be hard-wired into the new Okehampton rail timetable for the service to succeed
May29

All public transport links must be hard-wired into the new Okehampton rail timetable for the service to succeed

How the railways once linked communities in North Cornwall to West Devon as shown on a map drawn in 1985 by former British Railways engineer David Wroe By Richard Wolfenden-Brown – Chair, Connect Bude Whilst members and supporters of Connect Bude are inspired and encouraged by OkeRAIL’s historic achievement in successfully campaigning to reopen the rail line to Okehampton, they are urging all relevant partners to ensure that the...

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Right on track – Network Rail reaches key milestone on Dartmoor Line
May18

Right on track – Network Rail reaches key milestone on Dartmoor Line

The reopening of the railway line between Okehampton and Exeter is one step closer after Network Rail recently finished relaying the new track and sleepers. Following the confirmation of government funding in March, engineers started immediately and have worked tirelessly upgrading this 14 mile stretch of track between Okehampton and Coleford Junction, where the Dartmoor Line joins the existing railway line to Exeter. As well as...

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