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The Railway is now open

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway is Open

Come and experience the delights of an authentic Victorian steam train and enjoy stunning Exmoor scenery.

After being closed earlier this year due to the lockdown imposed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the railway is now open.

What days will you be open?

We intend to operate 7 days a week. As the majority of services depend upon our volunteers, given current circumstances, issues beyond our control might occur, so please bear with us.

What timetable will you operate?

We hope to maintain the published low-season timetable.

How can I buy tickets?

Tickets are available on the day purchased at Woody Bay Station. Remember a ticket purchased allows you to travel all day plus receive a 50% discount on future tickets purchased within 30 days.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Visitors should bring a face-covering.  As most of our coaching stock is divided into small compartments, individuals or families in their own ‘bubble’ are not obliged to wear face protection, however, Government guidelines may change.

It would be appreciated if you could bring a contactless payment card. We will accept cash but every step we can all take to keep people safe would be appreciated.

Will you have catering on site as before?

At present we cannot offer our usual freshly prepared items. However take-away items will be available including tea, coffee, sandwiches, cold drinks, ice-cream and snacks.

What preparations have you undertaken?

Our staff and volunteers have been very busy checking and undertaking essential maintenance activities.

We have followed the relevant Government guidelines on the easing of lockdown arrangements and the re-opening of businesses.

What safety steps did you undertake before reopening?

We inspected our track, and rolling stock to ensure that all our trains are fit to run and that our signalling equipment is functioning correctly. 

We also ran a number of test trains to ensure that everything operates as it should do.

Will passengers with reduce mobility still be able to travel?

Yes our disabled access ramps will be available as usual

What steps are you taking to ensure cleanliness?

Sanitizer will be available at strategic positions around the site. Additional cleaning of the carriages will also take place.

We will be pleased to see you and will do our very best to make sure that our railway is a safe place for you and your family to visit.

We ask that you work with us as we recommence operations and get used to a new way of working. Please respect social distancing protocols - our shop area is not very big.

This from Director Anne Belsey

The L&B Online Shop is still open for business 

We still have a modest range of Peco and Heljan models - so now is a great time to get on and finally build that L&B model railway.

Also, we still have a full range of L&B publications as well as 'Modelling the L&B', 'Narrow Gauge Modelling in 009 Scale' by Bob Barnard and the 'Peco Guide to Modelling Narrow Gauge Railways'.

Anne Belsey
Acting Commercial Manager

How you can help in these uncertain times

‘On Track’

As mentioned above the L&BR Trust is assisting in filling the large gap in the Railway’s finances during these troubled times. The Trust has many demands on its funds for the reconstruction of the railway, the TWAO costs, land purchases, carriage & wagon restoration and much else. Therefore we need your assistance to plug this gap and enable our railway to survive and be ready to blossom and bloom once again when life returns to normal.

Donations to ‘On Track’ will be eligible for Gift Aid where applicable and we would appeal for your assistance to ensure the L&B’s progress is not jeopardised in these uncertain times.

You can make your donation online HERE

Alternatively, cheques made payable to Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust, can be sent to Jon Pain, 26 Oaklands, Bideford, EX39 3HW

Or you can send your donation by bank transfer to account no. 44288568 sort code 30-90-49 quoting reference ‘OT’

Your support is never taken for granted and is very much appreciated; thank you all.

Peter Miles & Paul Curson on behalf of the L&BR Trust


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