Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Barnstaple
Woody Bay Station
Martinhoe Cross
Parrracombe
North Devon EX31 4RA
 
    
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway (L& BR) is a delightful narrow guage heritage steam line running between Woody Bay Station and Kinnington Lane.
 
Woody Bay Station is the ideal starting point for a short journey through some of the loveliest scenery in North Devon. The railway runs through rolling countryside, with views out to wild moorland and the rugged coastline.
 
Rolling Stock
Currently the trains are pulled by two early 20th century steam engines 'Isaac' and 'Sid' with two Hunslet Diesel Hydraulic locos available for shunting, engineering and breakdown work. Visiting steam locomotives are also used.
 
The L&BR has an ever growing fleet of Heritage Carriages. A number are currently in use on the line whilst further Heritage Carriages are undergoing restoration.
 
Little Railway - Big ambitions!
The operators have ambitious plans for this historic little railway and are doing their best to bring them to fruition as soon as possible. They hope to commence a southerly extension (to Blackmoor Gate at the intersection of the A39 and the A399 - a National Park carpark) and then as additional funds become available a northern extension from Woody Bay Station into Lynton Village itself.
 
When this northern extension materializes, visitors will have an alternate entry into Lynton and Lynmouth by-passing the current parking problems at the point with the added benefit of a heritage steam train journey!
 
History of the Line
- The begining and the end of the Line
On 7th March 1898, the first train on the 1ft 11.5in (.60 metres) narrow guage railway travelled the nineteen miles (30.5 km) from Barnstaple to Lynton. However traffic was insufficient and eventually closure was inevitable.
 
The line was therefore closed in September 1935 and all rolling stock was either sold or scrapped and the track lifted.
 
- The restoration of the Line
After some false starts, work commenced on rebuilding the track between Woody Bay station and Killington Lane - this section was opened in two stages, finally being open to the Killington Lane temporary station in May 2006.
 
Plan your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:    External Link
 
Opening times & train Information
Visit the L& BR website and click on the 'Visitor Information' tab. 
 
Getting There
Woody Bay Station is located on the A39, half way between Blackmoor Gate and Lynton (a mile (1.6 km) to the east of Panacombe). As this Heritage Railway's located in an 'off the beaten track' location, it is worthwhile visiting the Railways website   Web:  Lynton & Barnstaple Railway/ How To Find Us    External Link
 
Google Maps - Lynton & Barnstaple Railway