Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

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The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is a narrow gauge railway in North Devon. The original line opened in 1898 and ran between the two towns in its name. It was later taken over by the Southern Railway and was closed in 1935. The L&B shared its 2ft (nominal) gauge with the Festiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.

Part of the railway was reopened in 2004 at Woody Bay station with plans for extension well under way.

For more information on the railway see the Wikipedia article: Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

Relationship with the F&WHR[edit]

Over the years the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways have been associated with the L&B in a number of ways:

  • FR Carriage 14 was originally an L&B vehicle numbered 15.
  • F&WHR locomotive Lyd is a replica of an L&B locomotive.
  • Boston Lodge Works built new metal underframes and running gear for the L&B's rebuilt heritage carriages.
  • Boston Lodge Works rebuilt locomotive Isaac for use on the L&B
  • A number of FR vehicles have visited the rebuilt L&B at Woody Bay. These include: Lilla, Lyd, Carriage 14, Carriage 102, Britomart, Prince and Blanche
  • Lyn, the L&B's new build replica of an original locomotive, visited the WHR for the 2018 Super Power event.
  • In 2018 it was announced that Boston Lodge would build Exe, a further replica locomotive to run on the L&B.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vingoe, Keith. "TWO MWs for the L&B". Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. Retrieved 18 September 2018.