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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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Work in Progress - Thursday 18th December

Dec
18
2008

The work of the Thursday group of volunteers at Woody Bay continued today. With the wooden fence leading to the new toilets completed last week, this mornings work was to move and spread a load of scalpings and chippings in front of the new volunteers building. This area in front of the new buildings also forms the safe and level access into the mess room. Also, two more railway lineside items were added to the display along the embankment leading tothe toilets.

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Work in Progress - Thursday 11th December

Dec
11
2008

Tidying Woody Bay Woodland and Completing Toilet Fencing.

The woodland area just down from Woody Bay Station is gradually being cleared and tidied by volunteers in the Thursday Group. This area, some 1.6 acres, has been rented from Moorlands since 2007 and will eventually form an attraction including a childrens play area and woodland walk with access from the Barnstaple end of the down platform.

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Santa Specials at Woody Bay - Sunday 7th December

Dec
07
2008

The second day of the 2008 Santa Specials season saw bright, sunny, cold weather at Woody Bay today. The trains were operated by steam locomotive Jung 0-4-0WT 'Justine' currently on loan from the North Gloucester Narrow Gauge Railway at Toddington. Santa was kept busy all day as a steady stream of children and their families visited him in the festively decorated Van 23 serving as 'Santa's Grotto'.

In the station building, visitors enjoyed the traditional mulled wine, mince pies and other catering on offer from the cafe.

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Work in Progress - Thursday 4th December

Dec
04
2008

Volunteers continued work in and outside the new toilet block today. Whilst some painting and more wiring was taking place in the volunteers building, outside the opportunity was taken to tidy up and level off around the building. A mini digger on-site was used to spread chippings around the base of the building over some installed drainage. Later the digger landscaped the area and loaded the surplus soil and stone into a works train positioned in the dock siding.

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RDA unable to assist funding of L&B expansion

Dec
04
2008

It is today being reported that our project to expand the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway will not get funding from the South West Regional Development Agency.  

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Work in Progress - Sunday 30th November

Nov
30
2008

A gang of over 20 volunteers turned up to continue the land clearance at Parracombe, with many from the Isle of Wight Railway, the Talyllyn Railway and the L&B Dorset Group joining local members.

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Surrey Group Show Report

Nov
30
2008

This weekend marks the Surrey Group Exhibition Stand's last outing for this year. I would like to give many thanks to all those who have assisted with manning the stand during the year. At this point it is worth reflecting on our achievements for the year.

I was surprised to discover that we have actually attended ten shows this year. In addition to raising awareness of the L&B project in the South London Area, we have also been able to provide significant financial support to the developments at Woody Bay in the following ways:

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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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