If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

Lynton and Barnstaple - Extension plans

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by Old Kent Biker, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. DragonHandler

    DragonHandler Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2016
    Messages:
    943
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    West London
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Thanks for that info.
    The L&B Gala sounds like a good event. It's a shame that (a) I have other things arranged for the weekend and (b) Woody Bay is too far from London for a day trip.
     
  2. Greenway

    Greenway Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2008
    Messages:
    2,591
    Likes Received:
    2,285
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    South Hams
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Where else would farming folk meet before or afterwards often to settle a deal, have refreshments and maybe a meal? All part of the way of life it seems.
     
  3. Mark Thompson

    Mark Thompson Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2017
    Messages:
    502
    Likes Received:
    948
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    E sussex
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    DH, To give you an idea, here is the modern-day view taken from just about the same point.
    as you can see, the original buildings have been expanded across the track bed, and the small building in the foreground is part of the base of the original water tower. The concrete signal post, although very possibly original to the railway, was planted in more recent times to publicise the Inn.
    Kentisbury,_Blackmoor_Gate_-_geograph.org.uk_-_176927.jpg
     
  4. ross

    ross Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2017
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    602
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Titfield
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    From my experience of cattle markets and the farmers and haulers who's businesses are transacted there, I'd say no coincidence at all. Even in the 21st century, Wednesday at Frome market is still the big day out for most local farmers and their wives. The bar is well used, as well as the restuarant
     
  5. Mark Thompson

    Mark Thompson Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2017
    Messages:
    502
    Likes Received:
    948
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    E sussex
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    It's very reassuring to know that in this age of uncertainty, such things still endure. I've a mind to sample it for myself!
     
    30854 likes this.
  6. ilvaporista

    ilvaporista Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    3,126
    Likes Received:
    1,392
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    C.Eng
    Location:
    On the 45th!
    I see that track has started to be laid at Snapper Halt. Before anyone gets too excited it is an isolated section just for show.
     
    Robkitchuk and brmp201 like this.
  7. Tobbes

    Tobbes New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2010
    Messages:
    182
    Likes Received:
    80
  8. Mark Thompson

    Mark Thompson Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2017
    Messages:
    502
    Likes Received:
    948
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    E sussex
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Odd things reverberate through time for no apparent reason.
    Back in the dim and distant past, when I was still at school and just getting interested in railways, I found the classic "History of Southern Railway" by Dendy Marshall on the shelves of the school library, and "borrowed" it permanently.
    At the back of the book was an index of stations closed by the SR. One of the names which jumped out at me, mainly because of its strangeness, was Snapper Halt, and it was this name which was part instrumental in getting me interested in the Lynton and Barnstaple in the first place, picturing an obscure and empty platform in the middle of nowhere, already some 40 years vanished from the railway map of Great Britain, ploughed up or reclaimed by nature, its name forgotten.
    Yet 45 years on, here we are looking at Snapper today as if it were still 1935. I must go there soon, walk down that shady path from the road, and sit on the bench in the sunlight, listening to the Devon birdsong.
    Maybe we could even DSC_1448-1024x578.jpg take my old HMV portable gramophone along, and party like its 1935!
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2019
    Colin Allcars, MPR, ragl and 8 others like this.
  9. DragonHandler

    DragonHandler Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2016
    Messages:
    943
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    West London
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Thanks for the photo Mark.
     
  10. JMJR1000

    JMJR1000 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    Messages:
    558
    Likes Received:
    308
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cleethorpes
    It really is a wonderful sight to see I must say, truly looks like the whole place was just frozen in time. I'd quite fancy visiting Snapper Halt myself sometime I reckon, though if I did, a part of me would be wondering how long I'd have to wait for the next train... ;)
     
    nine elms fan and Mark Thompson like this.
  11. brmp201

    brmp201 Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2010
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    220
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    IT Director
    Location:
    Surrey, UK
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    According to this article, Carriage no. 1 is next to be reconstructed - https://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/trust/groups/pages/east-group-agm-25th-may-2019-update
     
    Miff likes this.
  12. Arther1973

    Arther1973 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2017
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    37
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Kirkby Stephen
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    My Mum's a Geordie who would often tell me off as a kid "don't just stand there like a stookie!" So maybe it really is a more nationwide term?
     
    Hunslet589 likes this.
  13. johnofwessex

    johnofwessex Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2015
    Messages:
    4,243
    Likes Received:
    2,573
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Thorn in my managers side
    Location:
    72
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    When is Lyn running? Is it is regular service or just high days & holidays?
     
  14. Mark Thompson

    Mark Thompson Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2017
    Messages:
    502
    Likes Received:
    948
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    E sussex
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Deleted as requested.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2019 at 6:52 AM
  15. philw2

    philw2 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2011
    Messages:
    494
    Likes Received:
    86
    What a shame..

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
     
    Mark Thompson and 5944 like this.
  16. SpudUk

    SpudUk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2009
    Messages:
    1,485
    Likes Received:
    202
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Project Manager
    Location:
    South Wales
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    What's a shame?

    I noticed on Facebook that the planning variation for works on bridges 54 and 55 was approved - and that work may start on that section south of Blackmoor Gate soon-ish?
     
  17. ghost

    ghost Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2006
    Messages:
    2,241
    Likes Received:
    1,298
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    N.Ireland
    IIRC it was a comment about the next carriage to be restored/rebuilt. Not sure why it was requested to be removed, it's hardly a state secret! The quote on Facebook also seems to have disappeared (or at least I can't find it now!)

    Keith
     
    SpudUk likes this.
  18. DcB

    DcB New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2018
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Surrey
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    guess Lyn or Isaac are servicable and taking turns running?
    Did Axe get a new boiler certificate or not
     
  19. Axe +1

    Axe +1 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2017
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    62
    Occupation:
    Retired {Electronics Engineer}.
    Location:
    Epsom, Surrey.
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    There are currently no problems with either LYN and ISAAC, both engines are operational at this time. The boiler certificate for AXE expired last month (May 2019) and this locomotive is currently undergoing its 10 year service. It is not expected that anything major will be found.
     
  20. Axe +1

    Axe +1 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2017
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    62
    Occupation:
    Retired {Electronics Engineer}.
    Location:
    Epsom, Surrey.
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    The reason the L&BR Trust asked the user to remove their recent post on this discussion forum was because the information had been obtained from the Members Only Area of the L&B's website. The purpose of which is - where possible - to provide the latest and most significant news to those who support the L&B financially, i.e the members of the L&B Trust.

    Had this news been intended for general distribution, it would have been published on the front page of the L&BR Trust website and not in the restricted members area.

    When made aware of some of the other facts - not published - the poster very kindly removed their post, our thanks to him for doing so.

    If you want to know more, why not join the L&BR Trust by going to https://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/page/join-lb-trust-online-today .
     

Share This Page