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Lynton and Barnstaple - Operations and Development

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

  1. Mark Thompson

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    L&B.jpg 1933 GALA
    I hope Tony Nicholson won't mind, but for the benefit of non-members, I've taken the liberty of reproducing an exquisite photo from the latest Trust magazine.
    Taken in 1933 by J Hussey, whilst he and his family were staying at Killington Farm, it shows Lyn and Lew blasting up towards Woody Bay, with Heddon's Mouth in the background. Mr Hussey's wife and son look on as the train passes, in a scene remarkably similar to last year's gala,
    the principal difference is in the foreground, with Barley stooks standing where the sheep now graze. It's remarkable how recently that the Exmoor Uplands were still being used for arable farming.
     
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    One for @flaman to judge methinks but it looks rather like oats to me, and possibly what I might expect on Exmoor.

    The man who had the allotment next to mine many years ago grew near Corris, before WW2 the farm he worked on grew wheat which they stored unthreshed - straw & all. In winter it then went through a chaff cutter for cattle feed, possibly whats happening here?
     
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    Oooh, there's a nice word! I've never heard it used outside Sussex and Hampshire; does it go as far as Devon as well?

    Tom
     
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    Is there another name for them? (not a southerner)
     
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    I don't see why it shouldn't. My father was born in Somerset and he always referred to them as stooks.
     
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    Stooks was a name I knew as a child in Warwickshire. But so was sheaves.
     
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    My understanding is that a sheaf is a single bundle of stalks, and a stook is a pile of sheaves stacked together.

    Seems like it is a more widespread word than I thought...

    Tom
     
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    That's my understanding as well.
     
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    Actually, you're right. Looking at the original caption it, it does say oats.
     
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    Used round Leicestershire as well.
     
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    Nice photograph, I like the fact that the locomotives are deliberately "movement blurred" with the people/foreground as the focus of the picture - it reminds me of some of the Winston Link photographs.
    It is great that the L & B is steadily returning from its long "Sleep".
     
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    Stooks and Sheaves also to be found in Ireland as my Uncle used the words on his farm in Sligo.
     
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    Stooks and sheaves here on the Isle of Man. Until new strains of wheat came in relatively recently the staple grain here was oats due to the short growing season.
    Ray.
     
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    Looking at the photo, I think saying the loco movement was deliberately blurred is a charitable assumption! 1930s cameras were - in the most part - rather less flexible regarding shutter speed than modern ones. Having said that, it is a lovely picture.
     
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    The last stooks I can remember seeing were close to Georgemas Junction in 1975. Perhaps they migrated north.
     
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    This latest from Group East:
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    The new underframe now in place under carriage no.5
     
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    Is it intended to fit steam heat to locos & coaches in the future?
     
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    Absolutely fabulous work by this team.
    Earlier they reported extensively on the L&B home page. For this coach project there has been very little on the Supporters/Heritage Coaches/East group subpage.
    Anywhere else they have a more comprehensive report on the progress?
     
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    Strewth Dag .... they had to up sticks and move the whole kit'n'kaboodle .... give 'em a chance! :) Mind you .... I'm just as eagerly anticipating the next update too. The ongoing work on Van No.23 is intriguing me no end as well and it'll doubtless look absolutely superb when it gets back to the line .... coz that's the kind of standard we've got used to from the East Group. Can't wait!
     
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    Unfortunately, none that I can find, although I also believe they have a Facebook group somewhere which broadly mirrors what they produce on the Trust's pages. I agree, this group does need to have a higher profile, because the work they do is truly epic, and every bit of exposure they get will increase their funding potential.
     

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