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Special Visit to the NRM

Andrew Lowe recently sent us this report.

On Thursday the 17th November, six friends and members of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust visited the National Railway Museum in York.

The NRM contains a number of L&B artefacts, including coach 6992, and locomotive nameplates.  However the NRM holds many L&B items not normally on public display. By prior arrangement we were privileged to be given access to the items held in the archives. After an inspection of the interior of coach 6992 and the locomotive nameplates, we were given a tour of the various L&B items on display in parts of the museum by Bob Gwynne, Associate Curator at the NRM.  We were then shown items that had been retrieved from the archives.  Including documents, tickets, and labels all relating to the L&B. Other interesting artefacts included the official seal of the L&B, a pocket watch, an opening day commemorative medallion, and a track gauge. The NRM also holds a collection of original photographs of the L&B.

1. Robert Cross inspects the 1st Class interior of coach 6992.

2. Seating in 1st Class of coach 6992.

3. Seating in 3rd Class of coach 6992.

4. The L&B group posing by coach 6992 with Bob Gwynne (NRM) far right.

5. A set of L&BR tablets.

6, Andrew Lowe points out Southern Railway plate E188 carried on LEW's cab backsheet.

7. Various L&B documents.

8. Close up of arrangements for Barnstaple Fair 1925 signed by the L&B's General Manager CE Drewett. This document would be worthy of further research.

9. Various artefacts, including pieces of original L&BR track, a track gauge and a representation of the original crest.

10. From top to bottom (left) an L&B button, commemorative opening medallion, and pocket watch. And on the right the L&B Company Seal.

11. The L&BR group together with the documents and artefacts from the NRM archive.

When the museum closed we finished the day in typical L&B style by retiring to The Punch Bowl, the local Wetherspoons for a meal, before we headed back home on the “big railway”.

Our thanks to Bob Gwynne, and the staff at the NRM who made our day so special.

Words and photos by Andrew Lowe

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