50th Commemorations

A number of events are taking place to commemorate the closure of the railway between Okehampton and Bere Alston and information about two of them is set out below.

For more information visit the Tavistock Heritage Trust website

Tavistock Railway Closure – Commemorative Walk

Meet outside Tavistock Town Hall

Sat. 05 May 2018

On 5 May 1968 the last train left Tavistock and the town’s link to the national railway network was severed. To mark the anniversary of closure, railway history author and photographer Stephen Fryer is leading a guided walk with a rare opportunity to see inside the old station building and hear how 2,000 navvies overcame the challenges of building 76 bridges, six viaducts, three tunnels and numerous cuttings as we explore a section of the old railway track. Meet outside Tavistock Town Hall at 2.00pm on Saturday 5th May. 

Tickets cost £5 on the day (under 16s free) 

Tavistock Railway Closure  – Commemorative Talk

United Reformed Church, Russell Street

Sat. 05 May 2018

With talk of the railway returning to Tavistock, here is a rare chance to find out more about how the railway arrived first time around almost 120 years ago, and how the town was cut off from the UK railway network half a century ago on 5th May 1968. Railway author Stephen Fryer will talk about the building of the line, while Bernard Mills will share his memories and anecdotes about his early career as a railwayman at Tavistock – this promises to be a fascinating and highly entertaining commemorative talk. United Reformed Church (Russell Street) on Saturday 5th May at 7.30pm. 

Tickets cost £5 on the door (under 16s free) 

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