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Posted on 21st August 2015 / 948
Site Type : Preservation Hub / Campaign
Industry Type : Transport
Power Type : Steam, Diesel
Condition : Partially Restored

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – a two-foot narrow gauge line meandering 19 miles across North Devon – opened as an independent line in 1898, but closed only 37 years later, then owned by the Southern Railway.

All of the original trackbed was sold off piecemeal, and the rolling stock was mostly scrapped, although some fragments have survived, and are being put back together, as is the trackbed, whenever sections become available. A mile of the original line has now reopened, and mainly through the efforts of an army of volunteers, and supporters, the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust – a registered educational trust – aims to restore as much as possible of the 19 miles of the original, again linking Barnstaple to the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth by rail. Following the success of restoration groups at railways such as the Talyllyn, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland, they believe restoring the L&B is …

“The Last Narrow Gauge Railway Adventure”

Run almost entirely by volunteers, they are a “non-profit” organisation owned by its Members, established in 2004.

Now, over 76 years after the L&B’s closure, you can once more catch a train at England’s highest narrow-gauge railway station, the delightfully named, Woody Bay Station – 1000 feet up on wild Exmoor, all thanks to the efforts so far.

What you can see now at Woody Bay is just the 1st phase in rebuilding one of the world’s most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways; the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. A one mile section has now been reopened allowing visitors to travel by train along the original ‘L&B Railway’ route above the Heddon Valley near Parracombe in South West England’s Exmoor National Park.

Exmoor Associates has been formed to acquire and maintain trackbed for the full restoration. Brilliantly they have a Facebook Page HERE! that allows you to keep up with their activities and even get involved!

Check out how much land they’ve managed to purchase so far – HERE!

It is a daunting task to return the Lynton to Barnstaple Railway, but here we clearly have a winning team, so let’s all get behind them to help make it a success.

Visit their website HERE! to buy shares, join the 100 club, buy souvenirs or support by PayPal donation.

 

March 2018: Planning permission obtained!

 

Restore Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – a two-foot narrow gauge line meandering 19 miles across North Devon – opened as an independent line in 1898, but closed only 37 years later, then owned by the Southern Railway.

All of the original trackbed was sold off piecemeal, and the rolling stock was mostly scrapped, although some fragments have survived, and are being put back together, as is the trackbed, whenever sections become available. A mile of the original line has now reopened, and mainly through the efforts of an army of volunteers, and supporters, the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust – a registered educational trust – aims to restore as much as possible of the 19 miles of the original, again linking Barnstaple to the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth by rail. Following the success of restoration groups at railways such as the Talyllyn, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland, they believe restoring the L&B is …

“The Last Narrow Gauge Railway Adventure”

Run almost entirely by volunteers, they are a “non-profit” organisation owned by its Members, established in 2004.

Now, over 76 years after the L&B’s closure, you can once more catch a train at England’s highest narrow-gauge railway station, the delightfully named, Woody Bay Station – 1000 feet up on wild Exmoor, all thanks to the efforts so far.

What you can see now at Woody Bay is just the 1st phase in rebuilding one of the world’s most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways; the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. A one mile section has now been reopened allowing visitors to travel by train along the original ‘L&B Railway’ route above the Heddon Valley near Parracombe in South West England’s Exmoor National Park.

Exmoor Associates has been formed to acquire and maintain trackbed for the full restoration. Brilliantly they have a Facebook Page HERE! that allows you to keep up with their activities and even get involved!

Check out how much land they’ve managed to purchase so far – HERE!

It is a daunting task to return the Lynton to Barnstaple Railway, but here we clearly have a winning team, so let’s all get behind them to help make it a success.

Visit their website HERE! to buy shares, join the 100 club, buy souvenirs or support by PayPal donation.

 

March 2018: Planning permission obtained!

 

Restore Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
Site Type : Preservation Hub / Campaign
Industry Type : Transport
Power Type : Steam, Diesel
Condition : Partially Restored
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