Lynton & Barnstaple Railway An Anthology by David Hudson
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway An Anthology by David Hudson
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway An Anthology by David Hudson
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway An Anthology by David Hudson
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway An Anthology by David Hudson

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway An Anthology by David Hudson

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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway An Anthology by David Hudson
 
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway An Anthology by David Hudson
Soft Cover
80 pages
Copyright  1995
Contents
Introduction 4
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, by Philip Whitwell Wilson 7
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, from The Times  13
Birmingham Daily Gazette 16
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, from The Times  16
The Railway Juggernaut, from the Sheffield Independent 17
Our Own Little Railway, from the Pall Mall Gazette 18
What I Heard Under the Table, by Reg Jacobs  21
Journal of a Disappointed Man, by W.N.P. Barbellion 23
Barnstaple to Lynton, from the Red Guide 25
Devon and Cornish Days, by E.P. Leigh-Bennett 27
The Golden Virgin, by Henry Williamson 29
On Foot in Devon, by Henry Williamson 31
Chillham, by Mrs Millie Harding 36
Childhood Memories, by Leslie King 37
How Dear is Life, by Henry Williamson 39
The Lynton Train, by A. Fletcher 46
Youthful Memories, by Eric Shepherd 47
A Schoolboy's Trip over the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
by C. Pennicott 51
Waterloo to Lynton - 1935, by Hamilton Ellis 55
The Children of Shallowford, by Henry Williamson 61
Lynton Railway Surprise, from the Exeter Express & Echo 64
Farewell to Lynton-Barnstaple Railway,
from the Exeter Express & Echo  65
Letter to the Western Morning News, by Invicta 66
The Toy Railway's 'Goodbye', from the Exeter Express & Echo 67
Yeo - A Memory, by Frank E. Box  69
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, by John W. Dorling 75
Introduction
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway stands alongside such lines as the Ffestiniog and the Darjeeling-Himalaya, aS one of the world's most famous narrow gauge railways. Conceived at the end of the 19th century and running for nearly 20 miles through some of the finest North Devon countryside, it became a legend in its own short lifetime. Its gauge of only 2 ft enabled it to twist and turn in the hills, where the cost of a full-size line would have been prohibitive, and the little trains merged into the glorious scenery to become a holiday attraction in their own right.
Unfortunately, its trackbed cost far more to build than had been estimated, despite the narrow gauge, and on top of this crippling financial burden its birth coincided with the dawn of the motor age. By the 1920s road transport had begun to eat into the line's goods and passenger traffic, and as the receipts dwindled the standard of maintenance suffered. In 1923 it was purchased by the newly-formed Southern Railway, evidently as a public-spirited gesture. The new owners lavished money on it, even buying a new locomotive and eight goods vehicles, but the traffic continued to decline. It was the era of road improvements and the char-a-banc. In the Depression years of the 1930s this could not go on, and at the end of September 1935, a thousand people stood in the pouring rain at Barnstaple Town station to watch the last train come home.

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