Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

 

Stsfold on the climb to Woody Bay

Visiting engine Statfold climbs towards Woody Bay

Picture Above: © Copyright Martin Bodman and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway is a 2ft gauge Heritage Steam Railway running through the glorious scenery of Exmoor!

Route

The route is just over a mile in length running from Woody Bay to Killington Lane.

Woody Bay

Woody Bay is the Railways headquarters. There is a Cafe and well stocked Shop, the cafe for sunny days has outside seating in the very well kept garden grounds!

In the garden grounds there is the Railways new Miniature Railway. This 7 1/4 inch gauge line runs for just over 100 yards, using Diesel and Steam motive Power. The Steam loco is use on the Miniature Railway is a replica of an L&B Manning Wardle 2-6-2T.

The Railway’s Engine Sheds and Workshop facility’s are also found here. These sadly are not open for public viewing. It has in recent years been extended to fulfil the need for more Covered Storage.

There are two Platforms at Woody Bay, but in practice, all trains depart from Platform 1.

There is also a small museum here.

Also found here are all your normal facility’s.

Killington Lane

Killington Lane is not an original Station, it is designed to only be temporary, until the railway can extend onward towards Barnstaple.

There is a Shelter, run round loop and PW Sidings.

Upon departing Killington Lane, the Locomotive has to immediately tackle the 1 in 40 incline back to Woody Bay!

Heritage Stock

The L&B have been able to regain some of the original rolling Stock of the L&B, Coach No.7 is an L&B part Fully enclosed passenger coach, one of the very distinctive L&B coaches, with it’s open area in the centre.

The other is Van No.23, which has recently been returned to it’s wheels, this is usually in the Bay Platform.

Future Plans

I believe the plan is reopen as much of the original L&B as possible. Project group 762 Club are in the process of building a replica of the L&Bs Baldwen 2-4-2T Lyn. The boiler for which was ordered in January 2011.

Also the L&B have purchased Parracombe Halt, which lies roughly Half a mile West of Killington Lane, as well as the Track Bed.

 

Website: http://lynton-rail.co.uk/

Operating Dates: See Website

Line Length: 1 mile

Operational Locomotives:

  • WD Kerr Stuart 0-6-0T No.2451 Axe
  • JK Maffei 0-4-0WT No.4127 Sid
  • Hunslet 0-4-0 Diesel shunter Heddon Hall
  • Baldwen Replica 0-4-0T No.762 Lyn (Under construction, Boiler ordered)

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