Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

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The Rail Partnership is a community rail partnership , one of the longest established and largest in the country. It is a non-profit organisation.We work not just to promote travel on rural branch lines and seek improvements to services and facilities – but also to promote the places served by the branch lines and help the local economy.Serving picturesque small villages, historic market towns and bustling cities, Devon and Cornwall's great scenic railways provide a vital link for local people and allow tourists and visitors to explore fascinating places without a car, many off the usual tourist "beaten track".

Here are some of the lines that The Partnership works on 

  • Exeter – Barnstaple : The Tarka Line The Tarka Line runs for 39 miles between Exeter and Barnstaple, following the gentle river valleys of the Yeo and Taw. From Eggesford to Barnstaple the line forms part of the Tarka Trail, a 180 mile long distance route tracing the journeys of 'Tarka the Otter' in Henry Williamson's classic novel.
  • Plymouth – Gunnislake : The Tamar Valley Line One of England's Loveliest Country Branch Lines, this fourteen mile railway skirts the edge of the magnificent River Tamar and its estuary before crossing the splendid Calstock viaduct joining Devon and Cornwall.
  • Liskeard – Looe : The Looe Valley Line As the railway meanders down the valley, evidence of the area's past is always visible to those who know what to look for, so alight at a halt to explore the area even further.

Opening Times

Full details of train services in Devon & Cornwall can be found on First Great Western's website here

Timetables for each of the branch lines can be downloaded here.

Contact Details

Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership
School of Geography
University of Plymouth


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