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Devon Group

Welcome to the L&BR Trust Devon Group

The Devon Area Group has the primary purpose of:

  • Actively encouraging local members to volunteer on the railway to support the day-to-day operations and the many development projects that are needed
  • Organise local social events so members can meet each other
  • Follow up publicity by building a wider membership base in Devon

By talking to our local members we intend to establish a register of who can do what, how often and when to enable the management team at Woody Bay to plan their projects and make best use of volunteer time.

If you want to be involved with or require information about the Devon Group please email Dave Tooke or Nigel Thompson

Devon Group Spring Rail Trips


Wed 19 March:
Rail and bus trip to Christow (Exeter & Teign Valley Railway)

Several L&B regulars travelled by train to Exeter thence by bus to Christow (a former station and goods yard on the old Exeter-Newton Abbot inland route). The site is privately owned but hosts quite a collection of standard and narrow gauge rolling stock.

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Devon Group trip to South Devon Railway


Devon Group Rail (& rail replacement bus!) trip to South Devon Railway
Wed 19 February

Eight L&B people made the February trip this week; from Barnstaple to Buckfastleigh. No problems on the Tarka line as we made it to Exeter St. Davids ready to find our rail replacement bus past the Dawlish sea wall breach and repairs. First Great Western were even providing complimentary tea and coffee at both Exeter and Newton Abbot stations for us travellers.

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Devon Group Rail Trip, 22nd January


Six Devon-based L&BR Trust members took a break from volunteering at the work parties at Woody Bay and Chelfham to have a day out on the trains around Devon.

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Devon Group Christmas Rail Trip


Fifteen L&B Trust members enjoyed a superb Christmas meal at the Union Rooms, Wetherspoons pub at Plymouth.

Starting from Barnstaple and using the Devon Day Ranger ticket (only £6.60) the group also picked up members at Umberleigh, Eggesford, and Exeter.

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Devon Group Day Out: 9th October


Eleven L&B Trust members enjoyed the monthly day out from Barnstaple to Exeter, Totnes and the South Devon Railway to Buckfastleigh where there was time to view an L&B operating day on the 16mm live steam railway by Julian & Lindsay Palmer and the South Devon Garden Railway Group's layout.

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Devon Group Rail trip to Bere Ferrers


On Wednesday 18th September, 8 L&B Devon Group Trust members travelled by rail to Bere Ferrers Tamar Belle Railway Museum. Purchasing the excellent value Devon Day Ranger ticket (£6.60) we departed Barnstaple at 08:43, collecting Dave Payne-Hilton at Exeter. Then on to Newton Abbot for a quick trip to Paignton and back. Next a FGW HST to Plymouth in time for the Gunnislake branch departure at 12:54.

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Devon Group News: Rail Trip to Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway


Heres rather belatedly is the report of our last Devon Group trip......

Twelve L&BR staff, volunteers and friends turned out for the 14th August trip from Barnstaple to Bodmin. Using GroupSave tickets we travelled on the 0843 service (A class 150 Sprinter) to Exeter St Davids. Then the 1014 FGW HST all the way to Bodmin Parkway meeting Julian & Lindsay Palmer who joined us for the afternoon.

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L&B Devon Group's Day Trip to Looe


In addition to his regular Thursday reports, after a discussion in the pub after this years AGM, Nigel Thompson has now been adopted as the contact for Devon Group Social Events. Here is his report on their recent trip to Looe.

Eight regular L & B volunteers including our catering manageress, Judy Williams, made the rail trip from Barnstaple to Looe. Using the Groupsave tickets it was only £9.50 each for the 235 mile round trip. Amazing value as always from First Great Western.

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