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Work in Progress - 29th November

Nov
29
2008

A large team of volunteers is at work in North Devon this weekend.  The group comprises local members, plus a party from the Isle of Wight, and a further gang of Talyllyn members. The main job for the weekend is clearance of our land between Parracombe Lane and Cricket Field Lane, which will allow survey work to start here.

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Work in Progress - Thursday 27th November

Nov
28
2008

A very wet and miserable day for the volunteers on the Thursday Group at Woody Bay. However work must go on and today we were tasked with the regauging of two left-hand turnouts (points). 

 Partially dismantled turnouts laid out in the car park ready for regauging

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Work in Progress - Thursday 27th November

Nov
27
2008

A very wet and miserable day for the volunteers on the Thursday Group at Woody Bay. However work must go on and today we were tasked with the regauging of two left-hand turnouts (points). 

 Partially dismantled turnouts laid out in the car park ready for regauging

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Local MP Backs L&B!

Nov
26
2008

NORTH Devon MP Nic Harvey has promised to help the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust gain funding for expansion.

The trust announced plans last year to extend the line from its base at Woody Bay, which was expected to cost around £29 million, with the prospect of adding £70 million to the local economy within the first five years of opening.

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Work in Progress - Thursday 20th November

Nov
23
2008
 

L & B Volunteers lay track at Torrington Station

 On Thursday 20th November several L & B volunteers took a break from the outdoor work at Woody Bay to assist the new Tarka Valley Railway Group at Torrington Station on the Tarka Trail (old railway line from Barnstaple to Meeth). At Torrington the group is proposing to reinstate some of the original track layout through the station towards Bideford and with future plans to open to the public offering train rides providing scenic views of the adjacent river Torridge.

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L&B Met Office online

Nov
17
2008
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Meteorological Office is pleased to announce that regularly updated weather reports for both Lynton and Barnstaple are now available online.

The service is text only at present, but it is hoped that graphics will be available shortly. Just click on the required location in the Today's weather box in the left-hand menu.  Weather data is provided courtesy of the BBC and The Met Office.
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Work in Progress - Thursday 13th November

Nov
13
2008

After the hectic and busy days earlier this week with AXE's dedication and the Armistice, the Thursday outdoor gang continued with the necessary enhancement work. With several contractors and volunteers now fitting out the toilet block, the regulars were tasked with the fitting of the wooden railings to the rail-built fence posts installed last week. Working in typical November Exmoor weather (rain and drizzle!), the gang used the smaller marquee as a movable shelter as they worked alongside the loading dock.

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ITV and NDJ coverage of Axe ceremony

Nov
12
2008

ITV ran an item on the Armistice Day ceremony on their news magazine programme last evening. 

ITV image of Axe at Woody Bay

(image courtesy ITV Local)

Click on the ITV logo to see the 2 minute video clip (opens in a new Window)

There is also an excellent article in the

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Armistice Day at Woody Bay 2008

Nov
11
2008

A special ceremony to dedicate AXE - the L&B’s restored WW1 steam locomotive - to all those who served on the railways at the Western Front during the First World War took place at Woody Bay today.

Beginning at 10:50am, the dedication was performed by the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev Michael Langrish, and Rear Admiral Ric Cheadle, the Devon County President of the Royal British Legion.

The event was organised jointly by the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust and the Royal British Legion, with music by the Barnstaple Youth Band.

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Axe arrives at Woody Bay, 10 November 2008

Nov
10
2008

Axe arrives at Woody Bay, 10 November 2008

Axe has arrived at Woody Bay, in time for tomorrow's dedication service.

I think the picture (thanks to Tony Nicholson) speaks for itself! (click on image for a larger view)

More pictures to follow tomorrow...

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