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Bow Station, Devon

History of Bow Station

17 July 1862: Okehampton Railway Company incorporated

1 November 1865: BOW STATION OPENED (along with North Tawton) on the first section from Coleford Junction.

8 January 1867: Line extended to Sampford Courtenay (initially named Okehampton Road)

26 July 1870: Okehampton Railway Company renamed Devon & Cornwall Railway Company

3 October 1871: Line extended to Okehampton (Okehampton Road renamed Belstone Corner)

1 January 1872: Devon & Cornwall Railway Company absorbed by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR); Belstone Corner renamed Sampford Courtenay

1879: Line double tracked

1923: Railway grouping, LSWR absorbed into the Southern Railway

1948: Nationalisation, the Southern Railway becomes the Southern region of British Railways

6 May 1968: Line beyond Meldon Quarry closed

17 October 1971: Line single tracked

5 June 1972: BOW STATION CLOSED (along with the line from Coleford Junction to Okehampton)

1986: Bow station and yard sold by British Rail to its first private owners

1990: Station Yard sold to become a slate business

March 1994: The line from Coleford Junction to Meldon Quarry is sold to ECC Quarries

2006: Bow Station acquired by second (current) private owners

1 November 2015: BOW STATION 150th ANNIVERSARY

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