Train Travel in South Devon
South Devon is easily accessible by rail from towns and cities across the UK, making travelling by train to South Devon a great option. Direct services from London, Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Edinburgh and even Aberdeen all stop off at Exeter, Newton Abbot, Totnes and Plymouth. These are the four main railway stations in South Devon, and from these stations you can connect onto local services which stop off at the seaside towns of Teignmouth, Dawlish, Dawlish Warren, Torquay and Paignton.
South Devon is famous for its stunning section of railway between Exeter and Newton Abbot. This section of line has become one of the most photographed sections of railway in the country, and with a footpath running immediately beside long sections of the track, there are plenty of excellent opportunities to take a great shot.
Travel by Train in South Devon
Next time you are visiting South Devon, why not take the train and enjoy the stunning landscape and history of this famous section of railway line. You can book your train tickets in advance using First Great Western; simply click here to be taken through to their booking page.
History of the South Devon Scenic Railway
In 1843 Isambard Kingdom Brunel was commissioned to build an extension to the Great Western Railway along the South Devon coast. Due to the landscape in the area, he had two options - to build along the coast or put the route through some very long tunnels linking Dawlish to Teignmouth.
He built a system of five tunnels through cliffs and a 4 mile sea wall. When the line opened in 1847 he used a new means of propulsion - the Atmospheric system. But it was expensive to maintain and steam locomotives took over after a year.
The line now runs from Exeter, along the River Exe to Dawlish Warren, then along the coast to Teignmouth, and finally it follows the River Teign into Newton Abbot. The line follows the water for a total of 13 miles, offering fantastic views of the South Devon coast from onboard the trains, and great photo opportunities for those on the beaches and in the towns the line passes by. See a map of the route at the bottom of this page.
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