New rolling stock for North Devon heritage railway

10:38 12 February 2013

The £150,000 Coastal Communities grant will be used to restore an original 1897 Lynton & Barnstaple Railway coach, such as this one, pictured in October and due to arrive at Woody Bay this April.

The £150,000 Coastal Communities grant will be used to restore an original 1897 Lynton & Barnstaple Railway coach, such as this one, pictured in October and due to arrive at Woody Bay this April.


Lynton and Barnstaple Railway receives government grant for the restoration of a third original carriage for the Woody Bay attraction.

THE Lynton and Barnstaple Railway has been awarded £150,000 to restore an original 1897 carriage for use at the Woody Bay Station attraction.

The funding was announced on Monday and comes from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund. Now the restoration will go out to tender and ‘Coach 11’ should be able to enter service next year.

It will joining two others currently being rebuilt by the Essex Area Group of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust, due to arrive on the railway this April.

They have been restored at a workshop at Great Yeldham, in North Essex and were constructed for the original railway by the Bristol Wagon and Carriage Company in 1897.

They have been rebuilt out of sections which survived as garden sheds and even summer houses after the Lynton line closed in 1935.

A spokesman said the newly restored carriages would be much more substantial and solidly built than the present ones, which came from the Thorpe Park Adventure Park in Surrey, and have been used since the narrow gauge heritage railway reopened in 2004.

The attraction is open this February half term and again at Easter.


Other News Stories

42 minutes ago
Molly Raison at her 102nd birthday with son Nick, daughter Gaye Baulch and, at the time, youngest RNLI crew member Pete Cable. Picture: SUBMITTED

Molly instructs mourners to ‘wear something bright’ at her funeral!

Read more

Police are appealing for information following the theft of marine equipment worth £900, between Sunday, August 30, and Saturday, October 3.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:17

Fire called out to help in the early hours of Thursday morning

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
Exeter Magistrates' Court

A mother has been banned from driving after she took her 10-year-old twins shopping when she was two-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:59
The patio outside a house at Farway

Cornell Construction commended for transforming an outdoor space into ‘something special’

Read more
Yesterday, 13:25
The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

A long-running fundraising group, which has donated more than £114,000 to charity, is to fold as it cannot find a new committee.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:20
A busy Woolacombe Bay. North Devon has seen a welcome late summer boost in tourism this year

Tourism sectors across the region are reaping the benefits as a result of the late summer sunshine.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
DJ's Cafe on the seafront in Exmouth. Ref exe 4318-40-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A seafront business owner, who believed he could trade ‘for the foreseeable future’, was shocked to find his café boarded up without warning by district bosses.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:10

The incident happened near Hembury Fort at 10.40am.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:06
Giant veg grower David Maund picked up a number of placings at the Malvern Autumn Show

A giant-vegetable grower from Bideford has returned from a national competition with a prize haul almost as big as some of his extraordinary exhibits.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 11°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Find a job in Devon

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications