The Charitable Trust which runs the Statfold Barn Railway and Museum has decided to donate its ‘Lynton' coaches to the Bala Lake Railway.
Originally built by Alan Keef for the narrow-gauge railway at Thorpe Park, the four coaches were acquired by the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway in the early 1990s.
The Railway rebuilt them into their current form, and they transferred to the Statfold Barn Railway in 2014.
Statfold Barn, which is located in the Statfold Country Park, acquired three ex-South Tynedale Railway coaches in 2022. As a result, it has used the Lyntons less often over the last year.
The Statfold Barn Railway is a narrow-gauge railway based near Tamworth, Staffordshire. The coaches' new home, the Bala Lake Railway, is around one hundred miles away, and runs for four-and-a-half miles along the southern shore of Bala Lake in Gwynedd, North Wales.
Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum Trust Chairman Graham Lee said “We took the decision to donate the coaches to our friends at the Bala Lake Railway to help ensure that they have sufficient passenger capacity for their extension into Bala Town.
“The coaches have served us at Statfold well, but with their little use it was time for them to go and to be enjoyed by the visitors of the Bala Lake Railway.”