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Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Re-construction

Eleven months have passed since twelve of the previous fourteen photographs were taken and during this time the scene at Woody Bay has changed quite a bit. The whole site has a tidy and business-like air to it, though no work was being done on the day of this particular visit.
 
Brake Nº23 On 23rd July 2003 the dock road was host to several wagons, mainly for use in the construction work but one, pictured here, is the original L&B Brake van Nº23 that has been restored by members of the present day railway. Note also the smart new railings that have been installed along the rear edge of the platform.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
The gates in the railing that allow entrance to the platform. The end of the station building has gained a handsome new "Southern Railway" notice board, though at present this has just one small notice!

photograph by Peter Richards

Gates
 
Platform The very neat appearance of the station is enhanced by the well-kept grassed areas and the length of track forming the platform road. The track to the opposite platform stops short at present.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
The Up Starting Signal at the end of the main platform, made from a converted Upper Quadrant Arm, ready to despatch a train to Barnstaple! The shield is to prevent light behind the signal giving a false green aspect. The small yellow notice carries the warning "Caution, mind your head"! .

photograph by Peter Richards

Up Starter
 
Track south The view southwards on 23rd July 2003, with some quarter of a mile of track laid. This is still very uneven and will require fettling before a service can be run.

photograph by Peter Richards

 
The Down Home Signal that controls entry to the station from the south. This is a standard Southern Railway Upper Quadrant Signal arm though the lamp shown is for a lower quadrant signal. The Railway is in dire need of ex SR Lower Quadrant home or fixed distant arms, so if anyone can assist, or knows of anyone who can, please contact: Colin Rainsbury.

photograph by Peter Richards

Signal
 
Trackbed north At the north end of the station site work was progressing for the laying of a headshunt to enable locomotives to run round trains at Woody Bay. For the time being it is planned to have a temporary locomotive shed on the headshunt.

photograph by Peter Richards

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