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New: L&B Signalling introduction

Jan
30
2009

A new page has been added to the historical L&B section - an introduction to Signalling on the L&B, researched by L&B member Chris Osment - thanks Chris!

If you have any items of interest related to the L&B, that you would like to be added to this website, please contact the webmaster via the Contacts link below.

 

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Work in Progress - Sunday 25th January

Jan
26
2009

A very successful weekend with considerable work undertaken on the L&B Railway both at Woody Bay and down the trackbed at Parracombe. Teams of volunteers from the Isle of Wight, Talyllyn Railway and a few Devon and Dorset based volunteers completed all the rail relaying through the platforms on the Friday - and ahead of schedule.

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Work in Progress - Saturday 24th January

Jan
26
2009

The L&B January working weekend continued at a similar pace to the previous two days.   

The first job on Saturday was to remove the rails that had been lifted the day before, stacking them securely ready for future use.  Some will be kept at Woody Bay for use as fence posts.

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Work in Progress - Friday 23rd January

Jan
26
2009

The working weekend continued on Friday, with a gang including teams from the Talyllyn and Isle of White railways, and more local members, soon had the new rails in place.  A second track gang was working further down (or Up!) the line towards Killington Lane.

A very welcome lunch was provided in the Station buffet. Teresa was able to keep the hunger pangs at bay, coping with a lunch running to three shifts!

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Work in Progress - Thursday 22nd January

Jan
26
2009

This Thursday was the first day of another major working track weekend on the L&B, with many of the regular local volunteers joined by groups from the Isle of Wight Railway and the Talyllyn Railway. The weekends main task will be to re-rail both up and down platform roads at Woody Bay with 30 foot long rails to replace the 15 foot rails laid in 2003.

 

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Work in Progress - Thursday 15th January

Jan
17
2009

Lots of activity was in evidence at Woody Bay on Thursday, in three key areas:.

Justine - Rail to Road

After providing a steam service for the L&B throughout the autumn, and   continuing to run steam trains through the very successful 2008 Santa Specials, Jung 0-4-0WT "Justine" left Woody Bay to return home.

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Walkers Welcome at Woody Bay

Jan
15
2009

The 2009 North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival takes place from Thursday 30 April to Friday 8 May, and embraces a full programme of guided and speciality graded walks ensuring all levels of ability can discover the region’s beautiful and diverse scenery on foot. A number of special outings are also planned, including - on 4th May - one to the L&B. 

For more details, see this article on easier.com

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Work in Progress - Thursday 9th January

Jan
09
2009

The first Thursday work party for the new year saw a good turnout of local and not-so-local volunteers. Axe was in steam, operating a number of mileage accumulation running-in turns to Killington Lane and back, both as a light engine and with a train of coaches.

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Axe - the trials begin - Tuesday 6th January

Jan
06
2009

No sooner had Axe arrived back at Woody Bay from Gartells, then the work of preparing the L&Bs first owned steam locomotive for the 2009 season began in ernest.  Today saw the first movement out of Woody Bay - light engine to Killington Lane for the first of many running-in trips along the restored length of L&B track.

(Words and pictures courtesy of Tony Nicholson)


 

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Work in Progress - Sunday 4th January

Jan
04
2009

Although passenger services are now suspended until the spring, work still continues at Woody Bay, and today was no exception. 

The L&B's own steam locomotive - Axe - returned from Gartells, where it had returned after the Armistice Day Commemoration to receive a few final adjustments. Axe will now undergo running-in trials. After that the loco will be lined out and prepared for the 2009 running season.

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