The Dartmoor Railway is a 15 1⁄2-mile (24.9 km) long railway line in Devon, England.
From Crediton, the line parallels the Tarka Line to the site of the former Coleford Junction. Heading west, it then serves Sampford Courtenay, Okehampton and Meldon Quarry.
in the past freight trains served the ballast quarry at Meldon.
The line is leased to and maintained by the Dartmoor Railway CIC, who operate some services and facilitate access to the line by other operators.
The route was originally part of the London and South Western Railway‘s
West of England Main Line (route from Exeter to Plymouth), which opened between 1865 and 1879.
In 1968, British Rail closed the line beyond Meldon as part of the Beeching cuts.
British American Railway Services Ltd, a company created by Iowa Pacific Holdings of Chicago, became the new owner of the Dartmoor Railway CIC on 4 September 2008.
The company announced its intention to develop freight, passenger and tourist services on the railway.
We have visited a few times now and watched as various trains have disappeared.
Luckily we had some trains left on-site to explore including a Connex Thumper and BR Class
Some Trains now lie silent