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Old 3rd May 2011, 11:55   #1
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Default Trains to Okehampton this summer

Hey everyone,

Does anyone know whether there will be any through trains operating from Exeter to Okehampton as there have been in previous years? I've looked on the FGW and Dartmoor Railway websites, and none of them mention these trains.
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Yes they are and can be found in the new May-Sept FGW Tarka Line timetable
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Yes they are and can be found in the new May-Sept FGW Tarka Line timetable
They're well hidden then as there is NO mention of them at all on the
May 2011 Tarka Line timetable:

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/D...T34_WEB_V1.pdf

Using FGW's own online travel planner advises that there are no tickets between Exeter St Davids and Okehampton at all.
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They're well hidden then as there is NO mention of them at all on the
May 2011 Tarka Line timetable:

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/D...T34_WEB_V1.pdf

Using FGW's own online travel planner advises that there are no tickets between Exeter St Davids and Okehampton at all.
Okehampton is pretty obvious on the up and down Sunday sections isn't it?
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Rode the 'Okey' last year, station alone there is worth a visit, and we had 'Thumper' action between there and Meldon, great day out!

Thumper entering Okehampton from Meldon.

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Okehampton is pretty obvious on the up and down Sunday sections isn't it?
I thought they might run on a Saturday though, didn't see the workings on Sunday though.
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I travelled on the Exeter-Okehampton service about two years ago and purchased the tickets on the train.
The ticket office at Exeter St Davids could not issue tickets and advised me that was the procedure.
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the train is chartered by Devon County Council hence the buy on train only
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As far as I remember, Okehampton tickets can only be bought from certain origins and certain points of sale.
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You can buy tickets to Okehampton from most stations in Devon. Normal rail rovers that would be valid on the Barnstaple line are also valid to Okehampton now, although they weren't a few years ago. I believe tickets can now be bought at the ticket office, they can certainly be bought online now.
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Thanks for your help guys, I've found the Okehampton trains in the May Tarka Line timetable

I think one of the first franchise requirements of the new Greater Western franchise is that the successful franchisee has to run a daily service from Exeter to Okehampton. Having a service seven days a week to Exeter would probably boost the town's fortunes enormously.
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I think one of the first franchise requirements of the new Greater Western franchise is that the successful franchisee has to run a daily service from Exeter to Okehampton. Having a service seven days a week to Exeter would probably boost the town's fortunes enormously.
Would it actually be possible to make that a franchise commitment?
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At the moment there is no stock to run it, hence it only runs on Sundays. DCR is looking at running it as an open access operation. The location of Okehampton station within the town won't help demand for the service.
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I think one of the first franchise requirements of the new Greater Western franchise is that the successful franchisee has to run a daily service from Exeter to Okehampton. Having a service seven days a week to Exeter would probably boost the town's fortunes enormously.
What makes you think it is a franchise requirement?
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All the SLC says is
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H6 EXETER CENTRAL - CREDITON
1 Route Definition
(a) Services shall be provided between Exeter Central and Crediton calling at Exeter St Davids. Services may continue to or start from Okehampton as specified by Devon County Council.
(b) The service is dependent on funding from Devon County Council. If this is stopped the service shall be discontinued
2 Frequency
Sundays (Summer only)
Between 0830 and 2030, five services shall be provided at two-hourly intervals. One interval may be extended to 2 hours 30 minutes.
This is from May 2008; I can't lay my hands on a more recent one at present
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