Devon Railway Centre celebrates 20 years

THE Devon Railway Centre is to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a gala over the weekend of May 12-13.

Many of the home-based locomotives will be in use on the centre’s 2ft gauge line alongside the River Exe, including Orenstein & Koppel 0-4-0WT No. 5744 of 1912 Rebecca, the oldest working steam engine in Devon, and the most recent arrival Simplex No. 20058 of 1949, which has been rebuilt over the winter.

Orenstein & Koppel 0-4-0WT Rebecca will be the star of the Devon Railway Centre’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

The centre is located at the former Cadeleigh station between Tiverton and Exeter. The station opened on May 1, 1885 to serve the villages of Cadeleigh and Bickleigh and was therefore known as Cadeleigh & Bickleigh until May 1, 1906, when it was changed to just Cadeleigh.

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