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Gala Record Success

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway's Autumn Gala over this weekend was an astounding success. Over the two days the railway carried well over a thousand passengers between Woody Bay Station and Killington Lane.

The event was opened on the Saturday by Andrew Scott , Head of the National Railway Museum, York. Trains were hauled by Hunslets "Statfold" and "Jack Lane", as well as resident Maffei locomotive "Sid". The railway had visits from a fine selection of steam and vintage road vehicles that entertained visitors at Woody Bay Station.

Sid, Statfold and Jack Lane at Woody Bay Station during the gala Alan Sparks' Portable Engine at Woody Bay as Sid passes with a service train

In the beer tent the railway was brought to life by the sounds of North Devon artists including Chris Millington, Douglas E Powell, Malachite, Ruth & Samuel Chapple, Blue Zoots and the Heddon Stumblers. Further entertainment was provided on Sunday by Exmoor Border Morris.

Malachite playing in the beer tent at the gala Sid pulling away from Woody Bay with vintages cars in the foreground

Smashing all previous records on passenger numbers and takings, without a doubt this weekend has been the most successful the railway has seen since it opened and continues to build on previous successes of staging events at the fringes of and outside the main season.

We wish to thank everyone who supported the gala over the weekend, particularly the many who have provided free attractions, or assisted as volunteers in operating the railway, without whom we would not be able to have such a a fantastic event and atmosphere!

16mm Steam on the Two Moors Group's layout Jack Lane heads a train into Woody Bay late on the Saturday

The railway is always pleased to welcome new volunteers, particularly to assist with the array of tasks on offer from catering and retail to train driving and engineering.
If you are interested in helping with the railway's operation and want to assist in taking the project forward towards a future where trains can carry passengers across Exmoor and on to Lynton, please get in contact with us on 01598 763487 or

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