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Exmoor Associates

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Exmoor Associates is completely separate and independent of the L&BR Trust - although its directors and the majority of its shareholders are L&BR Trust Members,

EA's focus is the opportunistic purchase of parts of the former route of the railway south of Wistlandpound - its shareholders have already purchased several sections of the old L&B trackbed - land that will one day play a key part in the rebuilding of the railway back to Barnstaple. EA has no intention to seek planning permission or to construct or to operate a railway on any land they own.

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In February 2011, Exmoor Associates organised a working weekend at Snapper Halt, which it purchased three months earlier. Around 25 volunteers from EA, the Trust and others, cleared the area and began restoration, by retiling the shelter roof. For photos and a description of the event, see this News item.

As well as the Halt, EA purchased the trackbed and adjacent land (part of which was later exchanged for a further section of trackbed). Located in the Yeo Valley and nearer to Barnstaple at some 14 miles from Woody Bay, the work to restore the Halt, clear the trackbed of trees and undergrowth and tidy up afterwards has continued since the initial work carried out in February.  More recently restoration of the original concrete shelter's roof was completed with ridge tiles and barge boards.

Snapper Halt Wednesday 4th May 2011

1. John Edmonds rests outside Snapper Halt shelter prior to another day of digging out behind the shelter.

2. The rear of the original shelter building after completion of the digging out project. Removal of this spoil will help to dry out the shelter and prevent future deterioration of this historic original L&B building.

3. In the afternoon a bonfire was lit to burn off many of the smaller branches of the trees and undergrowth cleared back in February. John attends the bonfire just below the Halt.

4. Nigel Thompson enjoys keeping the bonfire going on the sunny afternoon at Snapper.

5. A general view of the L&B trackbed at Snapper Halt now cleared and tidied.

Words and photos Nigel Thompson

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