The Bideford Railway Heritage Centre CIC
(previously the Bideford and Instow Railway Group) in Devon
, is responsible for the management of the Bideford station site.The Company is also responsible for Instow signal box
which opens on occasional Sundays and bank holidays
from Easter to October.
A railway museum exists in the rebuilt Bideford signal box and also in the green PMV railway van. Short passenger rides were given at Bideford until 2006 when vandalism temporarily prevented services operating. The site was mothballed in 2008 when housing development threatened to encroach on the trackbed. This threat has now been removed and the company is working on renovating the site and rolling stock, so that services can recommence. The site is accessible from the Tarka Trail
and the museum is open when staffing allows.
Former British Railways
rolling stock owned by the railway includes a PMV van and a BR standard brake van
. A Hibberd Planet diesel locomotive
is also present. Mark1 coach S4489, owned by Devon County Council, is at the station acting as the Tarka Tearooms for users of the Tarka Trail.
The line was opened from Barnstaple
in 1848. Passenger trains ran throughout from Barnstaple railway station
from 2 November 1855 as the Bideford Extension Railway
. The line was further extended to Torrington
in 1872 when the current Bideford railway station
Passenger services ceased on 2 October 1965 although ball clay
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