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Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development

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

  1. Meiriongwril

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    By the way, if you look at the floor plan of the BF station, it looks as if it could be converted into a 3 bedroom let. Use the sitting room as bedroom 3, and the conservatory as the sitting room.
     
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    Now that this part of the puzzle is (nearly) complete, is there a map of the L&B showing which parts of the line are now owned by, or controlled by, the various L&B groups? I have looked on the website but it is not clear on there.
     
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    Or, going down a different route, you could demolish the conservatory, sitting room, porch/pantry and restore the building externally to 1930's condition.
    You could then add a further bedroom and bathroom on the back of the building behind the existing kitchen/dining room which would then give 3 bedrooms with the 'new' bedrooms being hidden at the back of the building partially obscured by the trees and hedges. Interesting to kick some ideas about! Does anyone have a plan of how the station was originally laid out?

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    Hi Phil,

    There is a link from https://www.lynton-rail.org.uk/ (bottom left corner) which takes you to https://www.lynton-rail.org.uk/page/route-mapped

    There is a larger version of the same map here:

    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa=0&ie=UTF8&t=m&source=embed&ll=51.19591199999999,-3.8987730000000065&spn=0.043029,0.102825&z=13&mid=1ait_38mDALZOXlxQGr3tIdXDUSQ

    Blue is EA owned land
    Orange is L&B owned land
    You can click on each section to get some detail, but you do have to zoom in a bit, otherwise you just get 'Line of the track' as the info.

    Keith
     
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    This, though, requires expenditure of funds, whereas the idea in post 2401 would not. If eventually it's decided to keep a holiday let aspect to BF then your idea would indeed be a good one. Knowing the principles of the L&B Trust, however, I suspect that once the railway arrives, the station will revert to 1930s set up, as Chelfham.
     
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    Thanks for the map info Keith....I knew it would be somewhere!
     
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    Did Exmoor Associates once offer a timeshare scheme for another property they acquired, or did I imagine that? A timeshare for Chesham station, in the knowledge that at some point in the future it may once again become a station, would be a temping investment.
     
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    Assuming you mean Chelfham, then they have just about demolished all the added sections and returned it to 1930s layout, so not a possible holiday let. There is a holiday let / timeshare already, but it wasn't a station https://www.lynton-rail.org.uk/page/rowley-moor-properties-ltd
     
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    I think that, having invested £325.000, they should make that pay until the railway comes a bit closer. The income from it could fund further acquisitions, many of which are for relatively modest sums.
     
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    As I understand it, Distant Point (former Chelfham station master's house) and Rowley Moor Farm are both timeshare properties associated with but not owned by the L&B or EA

    Keith
     
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    I think that this is very likely to happen
     
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    Just announced by the Chancellor - NO stamp duty up to £500,000 with immediate effect until 31st March 2021 !!!
     
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    I can't vouch for it's accuracy, but the following PDF should be of help: http://www.009.cd2.com/bratton_fleming/Bratton Fleming.pdf

    Excellent news anyhow, and certainly a change from the situation a month ago. The purchase of a station is always a massive morale booster - you can't put a price on that.
     
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    This postcard of when Bratton Fleming was operational should give you an idea of the layout. It was one of the smaller stations, with a loop and a couple of sidings, that's it.

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    Thanks @Breva, I was thinking more of the internal layout of the building which @Mr Valentine has kindly provided.

    Keith
     
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    Curious, what would the sidings have been used for you reckon?

    And would the land where the sidings were placed be part of what is hoped to be purchased I suppose?
     
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    Looking at Google Maps, I wonder if the sidings were placed to give level (ish) access to the road?
     
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    I don't know how it was otherwise accessed, but there was a goods shed at the end of the sidings. Am I right in thinking that the current garden includes the area formerly occupied by the shed? Assuming EA are successful, and assuming quite a lot of other things, it could potentially be quite a useful building in the (distant?) future.

    I believe quite a lot of pit props were shipped out of Bratton circa WWI, although I don't know if the shed was built specifically for that purpose. Bratton was one of the larger settlements on the route, so there would've been some demand for goods services.
     
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    This is from the Stags brochure. Barnstaple is at the bottom. The track to Lynton curves off to the right. The garage/workshop near the top of plot is near the site of the goods shed/sidings, but is not original. The footpath to the station, originally part of Long Acre, is now a separate property.
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    Obviously this good news is being reflected by the support showing on the "Justgiving" website ......over £15,000 now. If the £500 "slots" are also selling at that rate, the full price must be nearly achieved.
    I also read elsewhere that two test trains have run on the L&B as part of the welcome restart post Covid.
     
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