New rolling stock for North Devon heritage railway

10:38 12 February 2013

The £150,000 Coastal Communities grant will be used to restore an original 1897 Lynton & Barnstaple Railway coach, such as this one, pictured in October and due to arrive at Woody Bay this April.

The £150,000 Coastal Communities grant will be used to restore an original 1897 Lynton & Barnstaple Railway coach, such as this one, pictured in October and due to arrive at Woody Bay this April.

Archant

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway receives government grant for the restoration of a third original carriage for the Woody Bay attraction.

THE Lynton and Barnstaple Railway has been awarded £150,000 to restore an original 1897 carriage for use at the Woody Bay Station attraction.

The funding was announced on Monday and comes from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund. Now the restoration will go out to tender and ‘Coach 11’ should be able to enter service next year.

It will joining two others currently being rebuilt by the Essex Area Group of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust, due to arrive on the railway this April.

They have been restored at a workshop at Great Yeldham, in North Essex and were constructed for the original railway by the Bristol Wagon and Carriage Company in 1897.

They have been rebuilt out of sections which survived as garden sheds and even summer houses after the Lynton line closed in 1935.

A spokesman said the newly restored carriages would be much more substantial and solidly built than the present ones, which came from the Thorpe Park Adventure Park in Surrey, and have been used since the narrow gauge heritage railway reopened in 2004.

The attraction is open this February half term and again at Easter.

0 comments

Other News Stories

17:14
The swan had a pellet embedded in its bill.

RSPCA rescues bird after it is shot by an air gun.

Read more
10:04
Barnstaple Library.

More detail emerges on county council plans for Barnstaple Library building

Read more
13:53
Preparing for StarTrek: Rotarian Jay Bocock shows Leo Cooper how to use a map and compass. Picvture: Peter Cooper.

The annual StarTrek Challenge will be held near Dulverton this Saturday night.

Read more
13:38
Last year's debut Somersault Festival in full swing. Picture: Submitted

Ivor Novello winning artist and Brit nominee joins line-up for second Filleigh festival.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:39
Work on Barnstaple's new TK Maxx store is continuing to progress. Picture: Andy Keeble

TK Maxx has announced that its new shop in Barnstaple will create 35 jobs.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:37
Labour candidate for North Devon, Mark Cann

In the latest of our series of profiles, we meet Labour’s candidate for North Devon, Mark Cann

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder