Here are some updates with regards to some recent queries raised on the CRS website.
There are currently no plans to reintroduce services at Sampford Courtenay despite the platform having had t its surface retarmaced, and the coping slabs checked for clearances and the platform edge re-whitened.
Okehampton Parkway station ( current total costs £12m with a hoped for opening in early 2023) is planned to be on the eastern side of Okehampton next to Hameldown Road and the ever increasing new housing and the station car park ( which has been partly prepared and used as the main Network Rail and associated Contractors site offices and depot etc for the Infrastructure works on the line), is planned to be on the other side of the line and approached via Higher Stockley Mead, which is not far from the A30 dual carriageway.
There are no plans to reopen Bow or North Tawton Stations which are not well placed for these communities and are on a main bus route and only, at most, 8 miles from Copplestone station on the North Devon (Tarka) line, with an hourly service each way and a recently built large car park for Rail users.
It is not planned for Okehampton trains to call at Yeoford which would involve considerable works for the benefit of only a few passengers who can instead interchange at Crediton.
As for Heritage type trains between Okehampton and Meldon ...who knows ...it will likely be very challenging under ORR/National Rail/gBR regulations and requirements etc and with the future prospects of stone/ freight trains again and not helped by the removal of the Okehampton Ground Frame and plain lining of the associated connection to the former Down platform & Bude Bay, whose disconnected track currently remains in situ on mainly aesthetic grounds.
The immaculately maintained Downside platform and its building (which includes an excellent local railway museum) is still owned by Devon County Council (along with the station footbridge) and is let to the Dartmoor Railway Association.
The success of the Okehampton line will very much depend on its use by, besides Okehamton folk, those from and to the large rail desert of West Devon and North Cornwall and crucially the provision of a reliable and punctual train service, something that is currently seriously lacking on the Exeter-Salisbury part of this former Southern main line.
Cowley Bridge Jct.