All aboard at Woody Station this weekend (May 13-14)

The Lynton & Barnstaple railway will be holding its Spring Gala this weekend at Woody Bay Station on Saturday and Sunday (May 13-14), from 10 until 5.

Disabled visitors can park at the station, whereas other visitors are entitled to a free park-and-ride service from Caffyns which is a mile further along the A39 towards Lynton.

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust’s own steam engine, Axe, will be present.

Another engine, Isaac, owned by a member of the trust, will also be at the gala.

Also, the fan favourite 7¼in-guage miniature railway will be in operation.

Dan Gilliland, a longstanding Australian volunteer driver and fire man on the Puffing Billy railway (Australia’s leading preserved railway) will also be in attendance. He will be helping on the railway until May 16.

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway (L&B) opened as an independent railway in May 1898.

For a short period of time the railway earned a fair return for it’s share holders, but for most of its life the railway was run at a loss until it’s purchase and subsequent closure by Southern Railway in 1935.

The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Association was established in 1979 and a short section was reopened to passengers in 2004. This section has since been expanded to 1.4 kilometres.