The Dartmoor Railway Supporters' Association


Welcome to the website of the DRSA. We are an all-volunteer organisation dedicated to supporting the former LSWR/Southern railway between Meldon Viaduct and the site of the former Coleford Junction.

We enjoin our members and supporters to comply with the government's advice during the Covid-19 crisis, and to do everything possible to keep themselves, their loved ones and the community safe.

Dartmoor Railway Community Interest Company went into administration in February 2020. The rolling stock assets of the former DRCIC remain at the railway, advertised for sale by RMS Locotec, and recently been moved to Meldon for onward disposal.

On March 19th 2021 it was formally announced that a regular Okehampton - Exeter service will be running by the end of 2021. (See News Page.) The line has been transferred to Network Rail, along with the upside platform and buildings at Okehampton Station; the downside remaining with Devon County Council. A dedicated website, has been created to promote the railway.

As yet the future of the Okehampton to Meldon section is unclear.

In answer to some 'Frequently Asked Questions', there is at present no public access to any part of the railway, both the Okehampton and Meldon buffets are closed until further notice and the Polar Express / Train to Christmas Town events won't be taking place again.


Signs of spring at Okehampton
Photographer: Tom Baxter
Date taken: 14/01/2021

Poignant image of the temporary stop board and sleeper guarding the entry to the Dartmoor Railway following DRCIC's administration in February 2020.
Photographer: Graham Bowden

Letter published in the Railway Magazine for December 2008:
"I am glad to be able to tell readers that life is returning to Okehampton station. A mini-buffet operated by volunteers has been doing a 'roaring trade' over the last few weeks in connection with the Sunday Rover trains from Exeter, the platform posters are reinstated, and once more there is a sense of bustle about the place. Dartmoor Railway has a new owner and the Friends of Dartmoor railway are recruiting again!" It was signed by David Clegg, who we're pleased to say is still serving the DRSA committee 12 years later. Let's hope Dave's optimism is justified second time round.

How it was on the last day of the 2019 heritage season, and how we hope it might be again. D4167 in Okehampton platform 2 with the heritage rake.
Photographer: Paul Martin
Date taken: 29/09/2019

Our website isn't very smart or cool, but we try hard to keep it up to date, informative and free of errors, without taking ourselves too seriously. Constructive criticism is always welcome. Please send comments, suggestions, complaints and, above all, praise, to .

We suggest that regular visitors start at the Website Updates page, to see what's new since the previous visit. We are also on Facebook.

Our EasyFundRaising account enables you to donate to DRSA at no cost to yourself everytime you shop online. Please consider using it.

Our Downloadable Resources page contains a number of useful documents.