Arthur Westlake Museum

The Okehampton and North Cornwall lines have a fascinating history, and our small museum aims to present a concise history of the railway in this area and Okehampton railway station.

The museum is located at the end of Platform 2 at Okehampton station (over the footbridge from the buffet). It is usually open on weekends and operating days and entry is free of charge. If it is closed, then please ask one of our volunteers who may be able to open it on request for you.

The museum was formally reopened on Saturday August 15th 2015. A report on the opening ceremony is available here.

Arthur Westlake in Okehampton Station goods yard in April 1979
Photographer: Tony Hill

The museum is dedicated to former railwayman Arthur Westlake, who helped to ensure that Okehampton kept its railway station and connection to the national rail network. Arthur was born in 1918 and began his career with the Southern Railway aged just 15. He worked his way up to become a driver, and used to drive steam locomotives over the North Cornwall line through Okehampton to places including Bude and Padstow. Later he became an area manager at Okehampton station, and worked hard to keep the line to Okehampton open when it was threatened with closure. Sadly Arthur passed away in 2011, but his efforts helped ensure that the line and station are still here today.

Since 2013 the museum has been refurbished by DRSA volunteers to improve the displays which now present a more focused history of the railway in Okehampton and the surrounding area. This work is ongoing. We are always on the lookout for relevant artefacts, information, images or memories about the railway in Okehampton and the surrounding area. If you are able to help, then please get in touch. Either speak to one of the volunteers at the station or contact us on

In addition to the museum, a number of information sheets are now available which describe some of the station features and the rolling stock. These can be found at various locations around the station, or can be downloaded from our resources page in PDF form.

Photographer: Jon Kelsey
Date taken: 15/08/2015