Throughout September considerable time was spent clearing a pathway through the new Loxhore trackbed in preparation for the track walk immediately after the Shareholders’ Meeting.
In this report we focus on the Shareholders’ Meeting, the pre-purchase vegetation clearance work and the track walk over our new trackbed at Loxhore.
1. The clearance work was started with the permission of the seller prior to completion of the purchase. The trackbed was almost impassable in places so had to be cleared to create a reasonable passage through the undergrowth.
2. On a few days during early September smoke signals could be seen rising through the trees signalling another imminent achievment towards restoring the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway……..
3. …….as the cut vegetation was disposed of in the customary fashion.
4. At the Shareholders’ Meeting the top table was occupied by three of the EA Directors, from left to right Mike Selby, Tony Brown and Mike Buse.
5. The meeting was attended by about 50 EA shareholders, representatives and guests. The announcement regarding the purchase of our new Loxhore trackbed section was made by Mike Selby.
6. Following the Shareholders’ Meeting the afternoon track walk was along the new Loxhore section.
7. Those shareholders who had participated in previous track walks were well aware of the importance of coming prepared with suitable footwear.
8. Not only was there was there new trackbed and scenery to be seen…….
9. …….there were also several relics from the original railway closed in 1935 to be photographed. Shown here are a couple of fence posts.
10. Eventually Bratton Cross Road Bridge (Bridge 24) was reached…….
11. …….and with it came the surprise of finding the original concrete Bridge 24 plate from 1935. It should be noted that the item has since been removed and is now securely stored elsewhere.
Purchasing the many pieces of the former Lynton & Barnstaple Railway back together is very
hard work, and we only have limited funds with which to do it. If you would like to help us with
future acquisitions, please spare a few moments to view the “Support Us” page on this website.
Photo credits: Rob Sadd 1, 2, 3 & 5, Chris Dadson 4, Dave Cameron 6 to 11.