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Clarkebond appointed for historic rail track reinstatement

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust is delighted to announce that Clarkebond Rail Engineers have been appointed to provide rail design services for the first step of our project to reinstate a further 4.5 miles of this narrow-gauge railway.

Photo: Dave Hallett

The proposals include an engineering centre and rolling stock shed north of Blackmoor Gate and a 160 space car park on the site of the old Blackmoor Gate Hotel.  This is all in line with the conditional planning permissions already granted by Exmoor National Park and North Devon Council.  Subject to funding, five years' from now passengers could be riding the train from Woody Bay to Wistlandpound Reservoir

Clarkebond Regional Director Mark Rowett comments: "Track design these days is incorporated into our Civils 3D package which makes the design elements more robust, although we were extremely grateful to receive a comprehensive specification, influenced by Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways operations, which will help us setting out alignment, curves and cant of the tracks that will be reinstated."

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