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The Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway was a 7 ft 0¼ in broad gauge railway which linked the South Devon Railway at Newton Abbot railway station with Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead, Devon.
The railway opened on 26 June 1866, the last passenger trains ran on 28 February 1959, regular goods trains continuing until 6 April 1964. The last special passenger train ran up to Bovey Tracey on 5 July 1970. Oil and china clay trains continue to operate occasionally on the south section of the line below Heathfield (Devon) railway station.
1862 Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway authorised by Act of Parliament
1866 Railway opened
1872 Amalgamated with the South Devon Railway
1882 Standard gauge Teign Valley Railway opened from Heathfield
1892 Broad gauge converted to standard gauge
1959 Passenger trains withdrawn
1964 Goods trains withdrawn beyond Bovey
1970 Goods trains withdrawn beyond Heathfield