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Archive film of the Teign Valley Railway Line


View archive BBC footage of the Teign Valley Railway Line on its last day of passenger services in 1958.

There are hopes that the Teign Valley Railway Line might be re-opened - more than 50 years after the the last passenger service on the line.

The branch line, between Heathfield and Exeter, ran its final passenger train in 1958 and the line was closed altogether in 1968.

However, some feel it could have a role to play in the future, as an alternative to the Devon's main line route along the Dawlish coastline which is vulnerable to stormy seas.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) is putting together a feasibility study. Some of the old infrastructure is still in place - six of the 21 miles of track remains. The CPRE hopes the route could be reintroduced at a lesser cost than normal.

This BBC footage was filmed on the very last day of passenger services in 1958. Note that there is no sound on this film.

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