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Devon Group Xmas rail trip and lunch : 2021

Wednesday 15th December

It was a good turnout of local members for today's trip.

Members joined from Barnstaple, Umberleigh, Exeter and Tiverton Parkway, and one member even travelled all the way from Norwich for the day!

1. At Exeter, there was time for a quick trip up to Tiverton Parkway on a quiet 802. Everyone was mandatory masked up, we had half a carriage to ourselves.

2. Back at Exeter, we had booked the separate function room at the Imperial. 

3 & 4. Everyone enjoyed their respective drinks, some from a real ale festival and the lunch from the various Wetherspoons menus.

5. Afterwards we adjourned to Exeter Central for the train to.....

6. Okehampton.  

7. Most of us had also been to Okehampton last month straight after the reopening.  Numbers travelling on the Dartmoor Line are doing well, justifying the rail investment on the new track this year.

Back at Exeter, the group separated. Several members went home early, but a few 'die-hards' continued with a dusk trip to Newton Abbot for a pint at The Railway Inn. Back via Exeter and home to Barnstaple by 19:30.

Future rail trips in 2022 may be subject to any Covid restrictions that may be reintroduced by the government.

Text and Photos by Nigel Thompson


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