For those who have not already come across it, we would like to draw attention to the delightful photos of Ron Fisher from his summer trip to the L&B in 1961.
1961/08.01 This is the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway platform at Barnstaple Town station. Although a bit overgrown, it is clear where the narrow gauge tracks had been despite being closed in 1935. The standard gauge trains on the line to Ilfracombe called at the opposing platform face. August, 1961
1961/08.03 This is the halt at Snapper, some two miles from Barnstaple where this coach was still intact. It is coach No. 1, a saloon/brake, but truncated by the time I saw it, August, 1961. I also understand that this coach (half) was destroyed by fire at least 20 years ago. I think some of the door fittings had been removed prior to that. The coach’s brake column stancheon is the one now in L&B van 23, recovered in about 1998/2000 quite by accident when someone was searching around in the hedge. [The station forms part of the current parcel of land being purchased by Exmoor Associates].
1961/08.04 Coach No.15 had also been at Snapper, but, about a year beforehand, this had been purchased by the Ffestiniog Railway and removed to North Wales where it subsequently became buffet car No. 14. The London Area Group of the Ffestiniog Railway Society was involved in the dismantling and removal of this vehicle and a sign on the platelayer’s hut still proclaimed it to be the F. R. Co. Mess Room! August, 1961. [This hut is included within the current parcel of land being purchased by Exmoor Associates].
All photos are © Copyright Ron Fisher
You can see more historic photos from when the railway was still open in our earlier news post, Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Historic Photos.