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   Tarka Line News    25 November, 2015

Tarka Line News

The weekends of the 07 to 08 and 14 to 15th November have seen important engineering work by Network Rail taking place on the Tarka Line at Portsmouth Arms to Kings Nympton. Track has been replaced for 1 mile at Portsmouth Arms and work has been carried out at various places between there and Kings Nympton. This has caused speed restrictions on the line which meant that trains tended to be running a few minutes later than the published timetable. During these weekend periods trains were replaced with buses between Crediton and Barnstaple with a revised timetable.

First Great Western has now been renamed Great Western Railway. The renaming coincides with a £7.5 billion investment in the network covering stations, trackwork, resignalling and rolling stock as the company embraces its heritage and link with Isambard kingdom Brunel. As the direct award franchise progresses the main lines to Paddington will see the introduction of new high speed bimodal trains capable of running on either diesel or where facilities available electric traction. These will replace the iconic Inter City 125 high speed trains which have been in use for approximately forty years. The sleeping coaches on the Penzance to London sleeper are being refurbished to give the individual sleeping compartments a more hotel feel with built in wardrobes. There will also be a gradual roll out of rolling stock and stations painted in the new dark green livery instead of the familiar blue. One station in Exeter, St James Park has already received the new paint scheme.

Pocket timetables detailing the services offered by Great Western Railway on the Exeter to Barnstaple line should be available at Copplestone Stores. These are available free on request by asking the checkout operator.  Carnet tickets for use from Copplestone, Morchard Road and Yeoford  to Exeter or Barnstaple are popular and are available also from the store. There are no time restrictions during the day, but there is a six month period on the book of 10 tickets which cost £25.  This equates to a single journey cost of £2.50 each way. The current book will run out at the end of December 2015.

Please note that during the Christmas period there will be no trains travelling into or out of London Paddington on 27 and 28 December and High Speed Services will be diverted to either London Marylebone or London Waterloo due to engineering work.

Alan Clark

Stations Officer

TARKA Rail Association

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