Welcome to the Bideford Railway Heritage Centre & Instow Signal Box

Bideford Railway Heritage Centre manages the Bideford station site and Instow signal box, both of which are on the former railway line from Barnstaple to Bideford in north Devon. The old railway line is now part of the popular Tarka Trail and so our two sites provide points of interest to cyclists and walkers alike, as well as to the more general visitor.  In particular there are a visitor centre, interactive interpretation centre and cafe at Bideford station.  Click on the tabs on the bottom left to find out about the cafe and the interpretation centre or go above to find out more about us. 


We always need new members to drive our various projects forward.  There are exciting times ahead, as we develop from what we have achieved over the last 33 years.  If you would like to help, see our Getting Involved page for further details.


We look forward to seeing you.

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.  The first trains from Bideford for 15 years!




The Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford open the exhibition of the nameplates and a related one about holidaymakers coming to Bideford by train in the 1950s.  Curator Clive Fairchild is with Jeannette Wills and Julie Demuth who are 1946 Mayor Chubb's grand-daughters who had donated the presentational coffee table to BRHC last year. 




34019 "Bideford" on Eastleigh shed  in October 1964 after an overhaul at the Works.