The Lynton railway is central to the work of Exmoor Associates and so naturally the history of the land and surroundings is of significant interest to the supporters of EA. Below is collected together a selection of photos from across the internet depicting scenes along the old line. These have been sourced from the local community project Explore North Devon which contains collections that are well worth browsing.
A vehicle rally in Barnstaple, 1930. The railway can be seen behind, with the River Yeo beyond. In the background in Gould’s Yard and Rolle Quay.
Navvies posing during the construction of the railway circa 1896. The location is somewhere midway along the route as rock cutting can be seen behind.
Here we see a mixed train with an unusual load (pre-1923) at Woody Bay Station, bound for Barnstaple. One wonders what the sheeted load is beyond the engine?
The railway’s brand new Manning Wardle ‘Lew’ arrives at the railway having just been built. The location is Barnstaple – the civic centre and car park now cover this spot.
The last train in September 1935. The train is on its way to Lynton, probably photographed here at Chelfham.
Locomotive ‘Exe’ is seen here, possibly during shunting. The location is probably Lynton station.
A pretty unusual view of Barnstaple, here seen from the top of the Pilton crossing footbridge over the railway, looking towards the River Yeo and Pilton.
The running sheds at Pilton, Barnstaple, seen here not long after the track had been lifted. On the left is the remains of the turntable pit. This is now the site of Pilton car park in Barnstaple.
With September comes rain, and also the annual fair to Barnstaple… To this day the fair is still held in the same week in Barnstaple, although it is no longer held on the Strand as it used to. This wet 1930s scene shows Barnstaple Town Station and a spare L&B 3rd class coach behind the bustle of the fair stalls.