Posted on 24th November 2017 / 442
Industry Type : Transport
Power Type : Steam
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Partially Restored

Devon Railway Centre is the place for family fun!

It is located on the site of Bickleigh station, which was built in 1885 by the South Devon Railway.

The line closed in 1963 and the station was boarded up. Thankfully, Devon Railway Centre took over and in 1997, restoration began and now the station houses tea rooms!

The Narrow Gauge track was also laid in 1997 and Devon Railway Centre opened to the public in 1998. Two of the standard gauge coaches which house the model railways arrived in 1997 and were restored before being extensively refurbished internally to house the large model railway exhibition. The other standard gauge coaches arrived in 2003 and 2007 respectively.

The picnic area and wildlife areas were also developed in 1999 and these allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the River Exe and the plants and animals that inhabit this area.

The miniature railway was built in 2000 and extended in 2004. It runs around the centre and gives rides through the newly added Magic Wood.

The Edwardian Model Village was built in 2006 and other facilities have been added since, including drive your own rides, outdoor play area and the indoor play coaches. Our most recent attractions are our fantastic soft play area and our interactive museum coach.

Check out their website – HERE!

 

 

Bickleigh Station, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RG

Devon Railway Centre

Devon Railway Centre is the place for family fun!

It is located on the site of Bickleigh station, which was built in 1885 by the South Devon Railway.

The line closed in 1963 and the station was boarded up. Thankfully, Devon Railway Centre took over and in 1997, restoration began and now the station houses tea rooms!

The Narrow Gauge track was also laid in 1997 and Devon Railway Centre opened to the public in 1998. Two of the standard gauge coaches which house the model railways arrived in 1997 and were restored before being extensively refurbished internally to house the large model railway exhibition. The other standard gauge coaches arrived in 2003 and 2007 respectively.

The picnic area and wildlife areas were also developed in 1999 and these allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the River Exe and the plants and animals that inhabit this area.

The miniature railway was built in 2000 and extended in 2004. It runs around the centre and gives rides through the newly added Magic Wood.

The Edwardian Model Village was built in 2006 and other facilities have been added since, including drive your own rides, outdoor play area and the indoor play coaches. Our most recent attractions are our fantastic soft play area and our interactive museum coach.

Check out their website – HERE!

 

 

Bickleigh Station, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RG

Devon Railway Centre
Industry Type : Transport
Power Type : Steam
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Partially Restored
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