Unlike many preserved heritage railways dating from the 1950s and ’60s, the L&BR was completely dismantled in 1936, its unique locos and carriages cut up for scrap and the trackbed sold off piecemeal to over a hundred different landowners. By 1938 all that remained were the abandoned trackbed, earthworks and bridges.
This enchanting and much-loved railway was enjoyed by past generations and we can be sure that future generations will enjoy it too. North Devon sorely needs the economic boost that will come with its revival.
We are the only steam railway in mainland UK where on every journey, passengers travel in unique Victorian railway carriages which cannot be seen anywhere other than here in North Devon.