The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway will be holding its Autumn Gala at Woody Bay Station on Saturday and Sunday.

This will be a very special gala because Lyn, the replica of the unique American engine built for the original L&B by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia in 1898, will be joined by Lyd, the replica built by the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

So two locos will be seen in action together for the first time since the railway closed in 1935.

The Gala will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days. Only disabled drivers will be able to park at Woody Bay itself over the weekend because of limited space, but there will be a free park-and-ride service from Blackmoor Gate.

Now the Exmoor National Park Authority have given planning permission to extend the line from its present one mile to five-and-a-half miles, more locomotives and carriages will be needed, as well as more track to operate a full service and provide investment in North Devon’s economy.

The trust has embarked on a Manning Wardle Project to build replicas of two of the original Manning Wardle engines, Yeo and Exe.

North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones will be formally launching the Manning Wardle Project on the first day of the Gala at 11am.

The projected cost of building both Yeo and Exe is £1.1 million and they are expected to be completed in five years.