Exmoor Associates is a private company limited by shares and although its directors and the majority of its shareholders are L&BR Trust Members, it is a completely separate company, independent of the L&BR Trust. EA's primary focus is the opportunistic purchase of any part of the old route of the former 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.
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