Clarkebond rail engineers appointed for historic rail track reinstatement

Clarkebond are delighted to have been appointed by Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust to provide rail design services for the first step of an ambitious £16.5m project to reinstate a further 4.5 miles of this narrow gauge railway line.

The line, which closed back in 1935, was brought back to life by enthusiasts in 2004 and the new proposals include building an engineering centre and rolling stock shed north of Blackmoor Gate and a 160 space car park on the site of the old Blackmoor Gate Hotel. Conditional planning permissions for the works have already been granted by Exmoor National Park and North Devon Council. Subject to funding, in five years’ time passengers could be riding the train from Woody Bay, in Exmoor National Park, to Wistlandpound reservoir, about 1 mile outside of the National Park boundary, and a short distance from the North Devon Coast!  It is then proposed to rebuild the line on to Lynton and ultimately back to Barnstaple.

"It’s amazing to think that this railway was designed in the days before computer aided design, using a mahogany box of railway curves and Rotring Pens”, comments Clarkebond Regional Director Mark Rowett.  “Track design these days is incorporated into our Civils 3D package which makes the design elements more robust, although we were extremely grateful to receive a comprehensive specification, influenced by Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways operations, which will help us setting out alignment, curves and cant of the tracks that will be reinstated.”

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