Eggesford (Station code EGG)

All trains in each direction stop at Eggesford, as they do at Crediton, and judging solely from the timetable, Eggesford would appear to be a community of some importance. It therefore comes as something of a surprise to discover that, apart from its parish church, its fishing hotel and its scenic location on the river, Eggesford, with a population in 1971 of fewer than 70 (down by more than 100 since 1801), is one of the smaller settlements along the line. The likely reason for there being a community here at all is that, long before bridge construction, this point in the river offered water shallow enough for a ford, 0.6 miles downstream from the station between Ford Farm and Heywood Wood.  

Eggesford’s prominent place in the timetable derives chiefly from the fact that its brief section of double track provides a passing point for trains. Since the signal box closed in 1987, tokens permitting drivers to access the single line ahead have been kept in secure containers at the end of each platform.  (At Crediton they are kept in the manned signalbox.) Level crossing operation here is also the responsibility of the train crew.
The Eggesford Garden Centre (www.eggesfordgardens.com ), across the river bridge and then first turning to the left, features lunch and tearooms, a boon not only for nursery visitors but for weary walkers. Lavatories are available for customers. A small shop at the north end of the car park features the local crafts. Negotiations are currently (2010) taking place with a view to expanding the very limited station parking. The Fox & Hounds Hotel lies 300 yards north alongside the A377 (www.foxandhoundshotel.co.uk ). For more information about Eggesford and the surrounding area see www.enjoyeggesford.co.uk .
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