Bow railway station (Devon)

Bow railway station was a railway station serving the town of Bow and the hamlet of Nymet Tracy in Devon. Bow lies about 8 miles west of Crediton.

Bow station, Devon, October 1970.jpg
Bow railway station in 1970
LocationBow, Mid Devon
Other information
Original companyLondon and South Western Railway
Pre-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
5 June 1972Closed to passengers
Bow (Devon) station, 1968


Bow station from the train in 1970.

The station was originally opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1865.[1] The station building is a two-storey construction of Dartmoor granite with ashlar dressings and round headed windows. The platform canopy has cast iron brackets with a creeper design. There is also a single-storey waiting room and offices.[2]

Services on the line were extended further west to Lydford railway station with the inauguration of Meldon Viaduct in 1874. Constructed to rival the South Devon Railway route to Plymouth, the completion of the LSWR's own route to Plymouth saw this line become an important route with lines to Padstow and Bude as well as Plymouth. Boat trains carrying passengers from ocean liners calling at Stonehouse Pool, Plymouth and prestige services such as the Atlantic Coast Express and Devon Belle all used the route.

Following publication of the Beeching Report in 1963, the Exeter to Plymouth Line was cut back to Okehampton in 1968. The line was singled on 17 October 1971.[3]

Bow, North Tawton, Sampford Courtenay and Okehampton lost their regular passenger services from 1972. The line survived, however, for the purposes of freight thanks to the activities of the British Rail ballast quarry at Meldon, three miles from Okehampton, which had an output of 300,000 tons per year. The quarry survived until the 2000s, operated by Aggregate Industries.

Future optionsEdit

The Dartmoor Railway is proposing to restore the interchange at Yeoford, running passenger trains past Bow, where its line meets Great Western Railway's Tarka Line.

British American Railway Services, a new company created by Iowa Pacific Holdings of Chicago, became the new owner of the Dartmoor line on 4 September 2008. The company will develop freight, passenger and tourist services on the railway.[4]

Dartmoor Railway
Salmon Pool level crossing
served by Tarka Line trains only
Coleford Junction
North Tawton
Sampford Courtenay
Meldon Viaduct/
Meldon Quarry
to Padstow and Bude


  1. ^ Nock, O. S. (1965) The London & South Western Railway. Pub. Ian Allan. London. P. 48.
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget. The Buildings of England. Devon. Yale University Press. p. 195. ISBN 9780300095968.
  3. ^ Mitchell, David (1994). British Railways Past and Present - Devon. Peterborough: Past and Present Publishing. p. 90. ISBN 1-85895-058-9, Page 81
  4. ^ Heritage Railway, Pub. Heritage Railway Magazine. Issue 116, 2 October 2008 – 29 October 2008. P. 18.

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Coordinates: 50°47′08″N 3°49′19″W / 50.78561°N 3.82205°W / 50.78561; -3.82205