HDL Tarka Special
Exeter – Barnstaple

Saturday 25 June 2005

This page was last modified on Tuesday 28 June 2005

This page refers to an event which has now taken place. All information is left here for interest only!

Our unique “Hastings”; diesel train is operating a day excursion, the West Country Cruiser railtour, from Hastings to Exeter on this date. Whilst the train is in Devon we will be offering a rare opportunity to travel along the Exeter – Barnstaple ‘Tarka’ Line in a fomer Southern Region DEMU.

As many will know, this line to Barnstaple once formed part of a network of Southern lines in the West Country that extended to Plymouth, Ilfracombe, Bude, Padstow, but it is now a picturesque branch line in its own right.

This run will be an out-and-back special trip along the branch, departing from Exeter Central, then picking up at Exeter St. Davids. Once at Barnstaple return will be immediate, running back only as far as Exeter St. Davids.

Our train has a buffet car, from which hot & cold drinks and other refreshments may be purchased.


Fare: £10 return; £7 single (no child or other concessions).
Family fare: £20 return (up to two adults and two children)

No need to book in advance — Pay on the train


Smoking is not permitted in any part of our train.


Please note that this trip runs from and to Exeter St. Davids station only.

These are the official timings for this trip:

Exeter St. Davids platform 6, depart 1326
Barnstaple arrive 1442
Barnstaple depart 1454
Exeter St. Davids arrive 1618