Okehampton residents welcome talk of reopening railway lines
People ‘cut off’ in rural Devon are hopeful after government’s announcement it may restore some rail services lost in the Beeching cuts in 1960s
Romantically minded railway enthusiasts in the west country town of Okehampton dream of a bygone era when services such as the Atlantic Coast Express and the Devon Belle (which boasted an observation car with huge windows to maximise the views) rattled through.
More pragmatic types would simply be glad of a regular service that will allow them to travel by rail to the cities of Exeter or Plymouth – and on into the national rail network – and avoid car journeys that are tricky at the best of times and can be downright traumatic when the roads are packed with holidaymakers.
Source: Guardian Transport