BRO­KEN UP AND SOLD

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The rail­way dis­ap­peared from the land­scape al­most as quickly as it had ap­peared. The South­ern wasted no time in lift­ing some of the track and re­mov­ing as much equip­ment as it could. The rest was sold at auc­tion on Novem­ber 13 and, by the end of 1936, not much was left, ex­cept a bit of track around the Barn­sta­ple end and a 19-mile scar on the North Devon land­scape. Lew was even­tu­ally sold to a sugar plan­ta­tion in Brazil where it re­put­edly lasted un­til the 1950s. Its sis­ters were cut up at Pil­ton. A cou­ple of coaches and a few items of rolling stock sur­vived, but the rest were cut up and sold as sheds and sum­mer­houses, or just burnt. But the seeds of the L&B’S res­ur­rec­tion were sown the day af­ter its clo­sure. A wreath was laid on the Barn­sta­ple Town stop­block and its card con­tained the phrase ‘Per­chance it is not dead but sleep­eth’. Those words have fired the imag­i­na­tion of gen­er­a­tions of en­thu­si­asts and the L&B is, slowly but surely, be­gin­ning to rise from its slum­bers. Climb­ing on board beau­ti­fully re­con­structed coaches, built from sec­tions of orig­i­nal ve­hi­cles that have been found in sheds and gar­dens, and Lyn, funded and built in the 21st cen­tury, will take you on a jour­ney back through time. The view out over the hills to the Bris­tol Chan­nel has not changed from the days when Sir Ge­orge Newnes first fell in love with the area. This is a place where you can for­get all about the 21st cen­tury. Just sit back, en­joy the click­erty clack of the rails and… re­lax.

Above: The sta­tion throat at Lyn­ton, with the lo­co­mo­tive shed to the left and the sig­nal box on the right.

Left: A closer view of the goods shed, with Lew shunt­ing. The track to the left of the goods shed curved around it and ter­mi­nated in a small yard where one of the cranes was stored.

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