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  1. Michael B replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Michael Messenger says in his book 'North Devon Clay' (p79) that 'on the old Marland line curves were as sharp as 9 chains (198 yards - 181m) and gradients as steep as 1 in 45 and 1 in 42, although the original line had been much worse.'

    Dec 1, 2021 at 6:09 PM
  2. Michael B attached a file to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Great news after all the hard work. That ought to be illustrated ! [ATTACH]

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  3. Michael B replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Sorry, silly me, I was thinking of i before e except after c.

    Dec 1, 2021 at 10:38 AM
  4. Michael B replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    'Running Powers over the Ilfracombe branch' needs to be qualified. The GW succeeded in agreeing with the LSW to build the loop line from east of the GW Station to a connection near the LSW's Barnstaple Junction Station south of the River Taw...

    Nov 30, 2021 at 10:47 PM
  5. Michael B replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    The only way is to obtain the OS maps, preferably the 25" ones, and plot it field by field from the information on the deposited plans and bear in mind that those plans will have standard non-transition curves. This I have done for all the...

    Nov 30, 2021 at 10:37 PM
  6. Michael B replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Not that was recorded. A suggestion by the contractor to increase the rails from 40lb to 45 when they were about to be purchased was refused because of the £2,000 price tag. A standard gauge conversion would have involved easing the curves...

    Nov 30, 2021 at 9:35 PM
  7. Michael B replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    I have been through the GW + LSW Minutes, but there could be something else relevant in the archives (Kew is a long way away). There might be something at the SVR at Kidderminster. If the L & B Directors approached the GW as well as the LSW...

    Nov 30, 2021 at 7:04 PM
  8. Michael B replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Just before we leave this, the Filleigh promoters put forward their line in competition with the L & B scheme as the best connection between Lynton and Barnstaple. The line would have been 16 miles of light railway (max speed 25 mph) down to...

    Nov 29, 2021 at 10:24 PM
  9. Michael B replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    A take-over by the L&SWR could well have happened in 1905. The L & B Debentures came up for renewal and a significant portion of the holders in financial terms wanted their money back in view of the poor financial performance in the first 7...

    Nov 28, 2021 at 10:39 PM
  10. Michael B replied to the thread Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development.

    Didn't one Heritage Railway allow an engine to be covered in wallpaper by a manufacturer of same ? Now that would be a way of raising funds to rebuild the Railway. If that didn't have the prospect of generating enough we could ask Ms Rowling...

    Nov 27, 2021