The Dartmoor Railway Supporters' Association


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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. As of January 2021, DRCIC's assets remain at the railway. However, we are hugely encouraged by the work being carried out by Network Rail, GWR and others on the railway, and we look forward to this effort culminating in the re-establishment of a regular Exeter – Okehampton service in the near future. Of course, our activities are also constrained by the awful Covid-19 situation. Once these 3 issues are resolved, we expect that a rather different DRSA will emerge.


In answer to some 'Frequently Asked Questions', 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.

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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 info@dartmoor-railway-sa.org .

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.