Stepping back in time at Woody Bay

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This weekend played host to another successful gala weekend up at Woody Bay Station. Our congratulations to the railway, and particularly the Essex Group, in the construction and commissioning of three heritage coaches – helping bring to life the history and vision of the railway. The establishment of a heritage train operation is an essential step in ensuring the long term authenticity of the visitor offer, and a further step towards having the necessary resources to extend the railway.

Prince arriving at Woody Bay © Louie Kennedy

The new coaches © Andrew Kennedy

Meanwhile on Saturday, Exmoor Associates held its annual shareholders meeting in Bratton. We spent the morning all sitting round a big table in an open forum style and discussed the way ahead. We’ll be publishing a report of what was covered in the next trackbed Trails for any shareholders who were unable to be there. Our thanks to Bratton Sports Club for hosting the meeting and preparing the lunch.

In the afternoon, we did a short trackbed walk between Collard Bridge and Skew Bridge in the Yeo Valley, followed by a visit to Chelfham to view the excellent progress being made by volunteers in restoring the old station building.

Our thanks to Louie Kennedy and Andrew Kennedy for the photos.

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