Lynton and Barnstaple Railway passengers were very fortunate as they were able to travel in mainline carriages in miniature. These marvels of Victorian engineering, unique to Devon's premier narrow gauge railway were designed to offer visitors the best views of North Devon scenery from a train. A total of 17 carriages were built for the railway and for 37 years they carried passengers through the lush Yeo valley and up and over wildest Exmoor.
Three carriages survived the closure of the railway in 1935; One (№1) regrettably rotted away at Snapper Halt and the remnants burned in the 1960's. Today two survive: №2 un-restored at the National Railway Museum and №15 now renumbered №14 and in a much altered condition operates on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. The remaining 14 were cut up and sectioned for use as sheds, summer houses, stores and in one case a garage or simply smashed and left to rot.
Fortunately parts of several of the carriages have been rescued by the L&B Trust, and these fragments are now being used to recreate a full train of L&B coaches.
Imagine being able to travel through Exmoor's rugged beauty in a carriage that once carried Victorians to Lynton and Lynmouth. Well now you can! After a very long and extensive restoration, four carriages have been restored and are now back in Devon with more to follow.
The completed carriage arriving at Woody Bay April 2013
Back at Woody Bay in September 2013.
Arrived at Woody Bay April 22nd 2015
With restoration of these four carriages now complete they are back home on Exmoor. However, we do intend to to restore several more so please assist us in achieving our objective - just click on the image below to make a contribution.
B&W: HL Hopwood © Ken Nunn Collection Loco Club of Great Britain, JB Sherlock, RL Knight.
Colour: Michael Bishop, Norman Willsher, Judy Williams and Jon Pain