Tarka Line

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Exeter-Barnstaple "Tarka" Line
Principal stations (from east to west)
             Exeter Central
  Exeter St Davids
  Newton St Cyres
Yeoford Sampford Courtenay
Copplestone Okehampton
Morchard Road
King's Nympton
Portsmouth Arms

The Tarka Line is a railway line from Exeter to Barnstaple in Devon, England. There is also a branch to Okehampton, which has recently reopened to passenger trains. The line follows the River Yeo and the River Taw for some of its route.

The towns and villages served by the line are listed below:

Beyond Barnstaple, the railway used to continue to Ilfracombe or Instow and Bideford. Part of the latter route is preserved as the Bideford & Instow Railway, while sections of both routes have been reopened as cycleways on the Tarka Trail.

Passenger services on the line are operated by First Great Western using Class 150 or Class 153 diesel multiple units. During the summer months a Sunday-only service operates (on behalf of Devon County Council) between Exeter Central and Okehampton.

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Railway lines in South-West England and the "Great Western" zone :
Main lines:  Cross-Country Route   Great Western Main Line
 Cherwell Valley Line   Gloucester-Newport Line   Exeter-Paignton "Riviera" Line   South Wales Main Line  
 Wessex Main Line   West of England Main Line   
Commuter lines:  Severn Beach Line   Slough-Windsor & Eton Line
Rural lines:  Exeter-Barnstaple "Tarka" Line   Exeter-Exmouth "Avocet" Line   Golden Valley Line   Heart of Wessex Line  
 Henley Branch Line   Looe Valley Line   Marlow Branch Line   Par-Newquay "Atlantic Coast" Line  
 St Ives Bay Line   Tamar Valley Line   Truro-Falmouth "Maritime" Line