Wikipedia Exeter Central railway station is the most central of the stations in the city of Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom. It is 171 miles 30 chains (275.8 km) down the line from London Waterloo. The station is smaller than Exeter St Davids on the west side of the city.

Great Western Railway manage the station and operate trains on the routes to Barnstaple, Paignton, Exmouth. South Western Railway run trains between St David's and London Waterloo via Exeter Central.

From 1860, when it opened by the London and South Western Railway, until 1933, when it was rebuilt, it was known as Exeter Queen Street. 

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Exeter Central station Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3SB

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Exeter Memories It was sixteen years after the opening of the Bristol & Exeter Railway to St David's Station, that a second route between London and Exeter, was opened for traffic on the 18th July 1860. The chairman and directors of the London and South Western Railway travelled from Yeovil on a special train, cheered at each intermediate station towards Exeter. They were greeted by the Mayor Mr T Drake with a short speech, while the citizens of the city were granted a public holiday. The Chairman and directors were entertained in a marquee in Northernhay with a banquet. The line opened for goods traffic on the 1st August.

The new line ran from Waterloo via Salisbury and Yeovil, and utilised the Longbrook Valley for a route into the city. Initially the new station, named Queen Street Station, was a terminus, and it was not until 1st February 1862 that the short link between the two stations was opened. The link climbed towards Queen Street station, crossing the Bonhay Road on a 1 in 37 incline. 


Great Scenic Railways The most scenic railways in Britain

Explore Devon and Cornwall by train and enjoy stunning coastal views, rolling green countryside, wooded valleys and fine river crossings.

Our branch lines will take you to picturesque villages, fabulous beaches, historic market towns and bustling cities. Forget the hassles of taking the car and concentrate on exploring to your heart’s content. 


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Travel Devon - Train There are regular local train services linking many parts of Devon, with some superb scenic journeys.

The Riviera Line links Exeter, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Torbay, with excellent views of the Exe and Teign Estuaries and out to sea. Visit the Riviera Line website to find out more about times and prices, great discounts and how to buy your ticket.

The Tarka Line runs from Barnstaple to Exeter, while the Avocet Line links Exmouth and Exeter and the Tamar Valley Line runs from Plymouth to Bere Alston and Gunnislake.

For ideas for days out on the scenic railways of Devon visit 

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Network Rail Our Western route stretches from London Paddington to Penzance, through Bristol and up to the boundaries with Wales, the Cotswolds and Hampshire
We operate, maintain and are renewing more than 2,000 miles of railway, including the historic Great Western Main Line, conceived by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. There are 198 stations on the route, and we manage London Paddington, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads stations.

Following a 10 year, multi-billion-pound upgrade programme, we now operate electric services between the west of England and London for the first time. Working with partners, we have exciting plans to continue modernising the railway for the benefit of passengers and freight in every area we represent. 

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