THE LEG­ENDARY LYN­TON & BARN­STA­PLE RAIL­WAY:

The Hu­man Story

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BY TONY NI­CHOL­SON

• LYN­TON & BARN­STA­PLE RAIL­WAY TRUST

Dif­fer­ent take on line’s his­tory. Some im­ages pre­vi­ously seen.

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This is not an­other ac­count of how the Lyn­ton & Barn­sta­ple Rail­way was built and op­er­ated, nor is it a look at the line’s dis­tinc­tive lo­co­mo­tives and rolling stock.

This fol­lows a dif­fer­ent tack, look­ing at the hu­man side of the L&B – the peo­ple who built the rail­way, who worked on it, and the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties it served. Don’t be mis­taken, there is still plenty of his­tory here to de­light the L&B afi­cionado, and the per­sonal anec­dotes from those for whom the line was both a means of trans­port and a way of life help bring that his­tory alive.

In all, this is a fas­ci­nat­ing take on a sub­ject sel­dom cov­ered by rail­way his­to­ri­ans, let alone those study­ing the L&B, and this is a use­ful and in­sight­ful ad­di­tion.

One very mi­nor mark against it is that a fair few of the pho­tos have been seen be­fore in re­cent pub­li­ca­tions on the L&B, but that is only to be ex­pected for a line which ex­isted when pho­tog­ra­phy was still in its rel­a­tive in­fancy. The rest, how­ever, are as in­ter­est­ing as the text, and there are a great many that will be un­fa­mil­iar to even the most ar­dent L&B fan. (TB)

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