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The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

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Parracombe to Barnstaple


The line now curves round towards the west, utilising a major embankment, partially destroyed in the Exmmor floods of 1952. Much reinstatement work will be required along this section.

SS6644

SS6644 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Disused Trackbed near Parracombe by Barrie Cann SS6644 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge 57 by Barrie Cann SS6644 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Disused Trackbed near Parracombe by Barrie Cann SS6644 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Disused Trackbed near Parracombe by Barrie Cann SS6644 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway  Platelayers Hut by Barrie Cann
SS6644 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Disused Trackbed near Parracombe by Barrie Cann SS6644 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Disused trackbed by Barrie Cann

SS6543

SS6543 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway  Disused Trackbed by Barrie Cann SS6543 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway  Disused Trackbed by Barrie Cann SS6543 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway  Disused Trackbed by Barrie Cann SS6543 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway  Platelayers Hut by Barrie Cann

It will be necessary to construct a new bridge to carry the A399 over the railway before it reaches Blackmoor Gate.

SS6443

SS6443 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway  Disused Trackbed by Barrie Cann

Blackmoor Gate Railway Station:

Converted for use as a pub and guest house, this original building is now owned by the heritage railway. It will continue as a commercial venture, with new station facilities built nearby.

SS6443 : Former railway Station, Blackmoor Gate by Roger Cornfoot SS6443 : The Old Station House Inn by Guy Wareham

The line now heads south towards Wistlandpound reservoir and country park. This is the extent of phase 2 of the renewal project.

SS6642

SS6442 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway by Guy Wareham SS6442 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway  Disused trackbed by Barrie Cann SS6442 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge 53 by Barrie Cann SS6442 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway  Disused trackbed by Barrie Cann SS6442 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge 52 by Barrie Cann

Wistlandpound:

A new halt will be constructed near the reservoir to form the new (temporary) terminus of the line.

SS6641

SS6441 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway  former trackbed by Barrie Cann SS6441 : Commemorative Bench at Wistlandpound by Barrie Cann

The original trackbed was submerged when the reservoir was constructed in 1956. If further extension is to be realised, a new alignment will be required to circle the reservoir to the east, before rejoining the original route.

SS6440

It will be many years before serious activity can be considered, beyond Wistlandpound. Interestingly, several sections of the route towards Bratton Fleming have been utilised as minor roads or farm access tracks.

SS6440 : Former trackbed, Lynton and Barnstaple Railway by Roger Cornfoot

SS6439

SS6439 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge number 40 by Barrie Cann SS6439 : Disused road bridge over former L and B railway trackbed by Roger Cornfoot SS6439 : Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: near Narracott by Martin Bodman SS6439 : Former trackbed of Lynton and Barnstaple Railway by Roger Cornfoot SS6439 : Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Twitchen Lane by Martin Bodman
SS6439 : Old railway bridge parapets, near Sprecott by Roger Cornfoot

SS6438

SS6438 : Trackbed, former Lynton and Barnstaple Railway by Roger Cornfoot SS6438 : Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Bratton Fleming by Martin Bodman SS6438 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway disused trackbed by Barrie Cann SS6438 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge number 34 by Barrie Cann SS6438 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Disused Trackbed at Bratton Bank by Barrie Cann
SS6438 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge 36 by Barrie Cann SS6438 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge number 35 by Barrie Cann


Bratton Fleming Station:

Located to the north of the village, the former station was converted to a private dwelling.

SS6438 : Lynton & Barnstaple Railway: Bratton Fleming by Martin Bodman SS6438 : Former station yard, Bratton Fleming by Roger Cornfoot

The line now turns south west, following the Yeo valley. Several substantial bridges are missing on this section.

SS6437

SS6437 : Bratton Fleming: course of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway by Martin Bodman

SS6337

SS6337 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge number 32 by Barrie Cann SS6337 : Dismantled railway bridge on Mill Lane by Roger Cornfoot

SS6237

SS6236

SS6136

SS6136 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Disused Trackbed near Chelfham by Barrie Cann SS6136 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Disused Trackbed near Chelfham by Barrie Cann SS6136 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - Disused Trackbed near Loxhore by Barrie Cann

SS6135

SS6135 : Trackbed of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway by Guy Wareham


Chelfham Halt:

A lovely site, now owned and restored by the heritage railway.

SS6135 : Station building, Chelfham by Roger Cornfoot SS6135 : Chelfham Viaduct spanning across the valley by Nick Mutton SS6135 : Chelfham Viaduct Lynton & Barnstaple Railway by Roger Bailey SS6135 : Chelfham Viaduct: aerial 2018 (2) by Chris

SS6035

Immediately south of the station comes Chelfham viaduct - the largest on any UK narrow-gauge railway.
In normal circumstances this would probably have been demolished many years ago. However, a school was built beneath the arches and made destruction problematic. The bridge has been fully renovated and is ready to receive trains!

SS6035 : Railway station, Chelfham by Roger Cornfoot SS6035 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge 21 by Barrie Cann SS6035 : Chelfham Viaduct Lynton & Barnstaple Railway by Roger Bailey

Having crossed the viaduct, the line turns west, above the Yeo valley

SS6035 : Dismantled Railway by Martyn Davies

SS5935

The bridges over the River Yeo here and at Blackwell have long gone, and new structures would need to be constructed.

SS5935 : Bridge over abandoned L and B R track by Roger Cornfoot SS5935 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Bridge 18 by Barrie Cann SS5935 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway disused trackbed by Barrie Cann SS5935 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway disused trackbed by Barrie Cann SS5935 : Collard Bridge - looking north onto L&BR trackbed by Martin Tester

SS5934

Snapper Halt:

A tiny stopping place, located between the River Yeo and the main road. This site is owned by 'Exmoor Associates', group set up to support the aims of the heritage railway.

SS5934 : Snapper Halt on the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway by Roger A Smith SS5934 : Snapper Cattle Creep Bridge by Martin Tester

The trackbed now emerges onto low lying farmland, north west of Barnstaple.

SS5834

SS5734

SS5634

SS5634 : Looking east along L&BR trackbed on the outskirts of Barnstaple by Martin Tester SS5634 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway disused trackbed by Barrie Cann SS5634 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway disused trackbed by Barrie Cann SS5634 : Lynton and Barnstaple Railway disused trackbed by Barrie Cann

SS5633

There is a significant missing bridge at Raleigh Weir which marks the extent of the tidal section of the Yeo river.

SS5633 : Derelict railway bridge over the River Yeo by Martin Tester SS5633 : Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Bridge 6 by Barrie Cann SS5633 : Looking west along L&BR trackbed on the outskirts of Barnstaple by Martin Tester SS5633 : Derelict railway bridge over the River Yeo at Raleigh Weir by Martin Tester SS5633 : Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Bridge 8 by Barrie Cann

'Hole Ground' is probably the realistic limit for reinstatement of the line, though further encroachment to Pilton Yard would be possible and desirable with the involvement of local authorities.

SS5633 : Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Bridge 6 by Barrie Cann SS5633 : Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Bridge 6 by Barrie Cann

SS5533

Pilton Yard:

Once the engineering and operational centre of the railway, much of the site is intact and currently utilised as a car park. This site would make an ideal southern terminus for the revitalised railway.

SS5533 : Former railway yard at Pilton by Roger Cornfoot SS5533 : Route of former Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Pilton by Roger Cornfoot SS5533 : Level Crossing on Pilton Causeway by Martin Tester

Beyond Pilton, the route has been intersected by a major road and built over in several places. It is recognised that reinstatement of this final short section to the original terminus would be unrealistic.

Barnstaple Town Railway Station:

The little trains of the Lynton and Barnstaple shared a station with the standard gauge Southern Railway line to Ilfracombe. L&B operations ceased here in 1935, but the line to Ilfracombe survived until 1973. The station building is still in existence and is now utilised as a primary school.

SS5533 : Barnstaple Town Railway Station by Martin Tester SS5533 : Town Station Pathfield School, Barnstaple (1) by Jeff Gogarty SS5533 : Former Barnstaple Town signal box by Stacey Harris SS5533 : Former Barnstaple Town railway station by Stacey Harris SS5533 : Former platform canopy, Barnstaple Town Railway Station by Roger Cornfoot
SS5533 : Barnstaple Town Station by Ben Brooksbank























































































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