welcome to Bideford Railway Heritage Centre & Instow Signal Box

Bideford Railway Heritage Centre manages the Bideford station site and Instow signal box on the old railway line from Barnstaple to Bideford in north Devon.  The old railway track is now part of the popular Tarka Trail and so our two sites are points of interest for cyclists and walkers on the trail.  


At Bideford station you can visit:

  • an interactive interpretation centre about north Devon's railways;
  • a railway museum in a signal box;
  • a cafe;
  • and we also offer occasional cab rides in our diesel locomotive.  The next date is advertised in the panel on the left. 


Click on the tabs above to find out more about us.


BRHC also supports the extension of the existing GWR Exeter to Barnstaple rail service back to Bideford.  See the ACE Rail tab. 


If you would like to help us, see our Getting Involved page for further details.


We look forward to seeing you.

Here's a fantastic view of our Bideford site taken by drone in April 2022.  There's another one in the Bideford section of this website.  They really help to put the railway into the heart of East-the-Water.



Planet DS1170 leaves Bideford station for its next trip to Nutaberry Hill bridge on Sunday 31st October 2021.   Some of the passengers are seen in the lengthy queue in the background.