Many thanks Mike.
been growing in the gutter of the canopy above the main station entrance. This impressive former Southern main line station rebuilt in the 1930's and still with extensive facilities, whose excellent appearance is principally due to the hard work of a small dedicated team of volunteers.
The 'Rail Desert' of West Devon and North Cornwall eagerly awaits the day Okehampton will be reconnected to Exeter by a regular train service, which the Government has tasked First Group's GWR TOC to introduce 'as soon as practicable'.
It has been said that on Summer Sundays the Okehampton station refreshment room does more proper meals business than at any other station in the South West served by National Rail trains.
Re the notes on your excellent website regarding the last trains over the Heathfield branch, I can bring the dates forward to the following (to the best of my knowledge):-
Last Royal Train to be stabled on the branch - 20/3/15.
Last p.w. (ballast) train - 23/3/15, worked by 70804.
Last timber train from Teignbridge - 2/4/15, also worked by 70804.
Final Train on 10/10/15 - 'The First Devon & Exeter Explorer' charity HST railtour, powered by 43187 & 43188. There is actually a photo taken from this train in the Moretonhampstead branch section of your website, but it is not fully dated.
Regards, David Mitchell. Many thanks.