London to Taunton, Devon and Cornwall

Description of line

Double track from Reading via Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury, Taunton, Exeter and Newton Abbot to Plymouth. Mostly double track onwards from there to St. Austell, Truro and Penzance but with some short single line sections such as the Saltash bridge.

Service offered

Hourly, London to Plymouth. Many trains continue beyond. Some additional semifast trains from London to Taunton / Exeter. Also Virgin Cross Country services from Birmingham and beyond westwards from Taunton.

Peak flows

Known issues


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Recent discussions:
Link to ... Newton Abbot Station Development Proposals
Link to ... IET Quiet Coach Signage
Link to ... Taunton Station Improvements Take Step Forward
Link to ... East Somerset Junction
Link to ... Reservations
Link to ... Flooding between Yeovil and Exeter
Link to ... Intriguing Reason for Cancellation
Link to ... London to Penzance Railtour: The Class 50 Terminator - Phoenixed! - Sat 23/3/19
Link to ... Dawlish solution - add 2.5m to the sea wall
Link to .. Problem at Westbury 1st Feb 2019
Link to .. Westbury - which trains IET and which HST when it reopens?
Link to .. Westbury North Junction Renewal December 2018 - January 2019
Link to .. South West Railway Diversions via Westbury - Sunday 09 December 2018
Link to .. HST overnight stabling at the London end once OOC is closed
Link to .. Rough Riding - Paddington to Reading and on the Berks and Hants
Link to .. Honouring rail crash victims at Norton Fitzwarren
Link to .. Dawlish closures - November 2018
Link to .. Slippery Rails?
Link to .. Railway Magazine (1935) v. 77
Link to .. Person hit by a train 30/9

Also ... blogs and other active groups:


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