A signal effort by two local railway enthusiasts has led to the restoration of a towering piece of Braunton s heritage. Volunteers Derek Goodwin from Braunton and Tony Williams of Barnstaple have been working hard to return the old railway signal at the

A "signal" effort by two local railway enthusiasts has led to the restoration of a towering piece of Braunton's heritage.

Volunteers Derek Goodwin from Braunton and Tony Williams of Barnstaple have been working hard to return the old railway signal at the corner of Station Road and Station Close to its former glory.

The rail enthusiasts, who describe themselves as "Chuffer Nutters," devoted their own time to the reminder of the village's railway past, rubbing it down, repainting, replacing a wooden platform and tracking down a new signal arm.

The project follows on from the Braunton Railway information boards installed by Braunton parish Council at historical railway sites in the village, which was once part of a thriving rail network.

Sanctuary Housing, which owns the land now occupied by the signal, was happy to agree to the project and - between all too common spells of rain - the project started in August and was completed in October.

"The parish council would like to extend a big 'thank you' to Derek and Tony for all their hard work in restoring the signal and to Matt Bacon of Advance Scaffolding," said parish clerk Nikki Ward.

"Once again, this project was made possible by community grant funding arranged by former Devon County Councillor Jenny Jenkins, who sadly passed away in the summer.