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Bow Station, Devon

BowStation/Bow2008

Bow station in 2008

Opened 1 November 1865 – Closed to passengers 5 June 1972

Bow station lies on the Exeter to Okehampton line, between Coleford Junction and North Tawton.
The line was 150 years old in 2015. This website features the history of the station, its past and present,
people and memories, memorabilia, and a photographic record.

BowStation/Bow150

Latest News:

New enamel signs on 30 June 2022
Our Nugget Boot Polish sign has become a landmark for the GWR drivers so we are pleased to add two more vintage enamel signs, both railway related, for passers-by to enjoy. In these days of inflation the Daily Mirror does seem cheap at one old penny!
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Gloria gets ready for Wimbledon on 27 June 2022
Having returned safely and cleanly from Glastonbury (no mud this year) Gloria's social whirl continues with the tennis at Wimbledon. The oversized ball might not be within the rules!
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Gloria prepares for Glastonbury on 12 June 2022
Gloria checks out her outfit, ready for the Glastonbury festival. Note the Gay Pride flag!
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Very Important Passenger on 2 June 2022
Gloria defers to Her Majesty, happy and Gloria-ous, complete with apology for corgi / handbag!
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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2 June 2022
The station relaxes with bunting and a VIP (very important passenger) in glorious sunshine on the Jubilee bank holiday. Unfortunately with no trains running when the photograph was taken due to animals on the line.
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2 May 2022
Colas Tamper DR75407 "Gerry Taylor" on its way back up to the Coleford site having travelled down towards Fatherford earlier in the day.
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30 April 2022
A previously unrecorded big-beastie caterpillar vehicle passing through as part of a convoy on the way up to the Coleford worksite.
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28 April 2022
A Turkish visitor at last! 70801, the ex-Turkish demonstrator, affectionately known as Doner, pauses at Bow on its way to the Fatherford works with a train of twenty loaded auto-hoppers (image courtesy Al Peters). Gloria is taking notes. This leaves 70816 as the only operational Colas Class 70 not to have been used during the upgrading of the line over the last 18 months.
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28 April 2022
The Rhomberg-Sersa HOBC makes its way towards Fatherford tailed by Colas 70806.
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16 April 2022
A friendly wave from the driver as Gloria shows off her Easter outfit, complete with Bunny in a Basket.
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29 March 2022
A shiny new milepost has appeared just to the west of Bow Station, and possibly elsewhere along the line? These things seem to happen overnight with no warning! For those of you not previously aware, you can now work out that Bow Station lies approximately 187 miles and 55 chains away from Waterloo.
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29 March 2022
The Old versus the New: the old milepost nestles in the undergrowth while its new replacement stands prominently on the opposite side of the track. We know which we prefer!
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23 March 2022
A full month since our last entry, with only the regular Class 150s rushing past except for some overnight road-railer activity. This week has seen a little variety, with Class 158s on Monday and yesterday and a Class 166 Turbo today, seen here passing our flag in support of Ukraine. Also notable was hearing our first cuckoo of spring while waiting to photograph the train.
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23 February 2022
The last three months have been fairly boring with just the regular Class 150s rushing up and down the line. The only break has been the occasional 158, 164 or 165, so it is almost  a relief for the line to be closed for the bridge repairs near Coleford. It has meant the return, albeit temporary, of the road-railers with their friendly Welsh crews requesting tea!
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Original Plan of the Line
We have just acquired an original plan from a survey of the line between Coleford Junction and North Tawton, eight miles in all. It is mounted on linen and folded with fourteen spreads. It shows the elevation at one chain intervals, gradients, embankments, culverts, even original landowners. The spread shown here covers Bow Station (added by someone in pencil), originally owned by John Heard, and of particular interest is the necessary diversion to the road. It is a fascinating document of some historical interest.
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2 January 1965
The last steam train from Exeter to Padstow pauses at Bow with Standard Class 3 2-6-2T 82039 in charge and presumably the driver and guard looking on. The headboard reads "Last regular steam passenger train, Exeter to Padstow" (photographer unknown, image courtesy Tim Miles). One of the best images we have and further details would be very welcome.
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If you have any information or material relevant to the station we would love to hear from you (contact us).