The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust has announced that Clarkebond Rail Engineers have been appointed to provide rail design services for the first step of the project to extend the railway.
This is excellent news and means the further 4.5 miles of narrow gauge railway is one step closer to being reinstated.
The new proposals include an engineering centre and rolling stock shed north of Blackmoor Gate. Additionally, there will be a 160 space car park on the site of the old Blackmoor Gate Hotel.
This is all in line with the conditional planning permissions already granted by Exmoor National Park and North Devon Council.
Subject to funding, five years from now could see passengers travelling from Woody Bay to Wistlandpound Reservoir
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Clarkebond Regional Director Mark Rowett comments:
“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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