T’S all steam ahead for family fun at Woody Bay Station’s autumn gala this weekend. Attractions include “driver for a fiver”, model railways and children’s face painting. There will also be real ales to try.
Also, the latest steam engine to operate on the railway will be formally launched at the gala.
“Isaac was bought by a member of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust and restored at his expense by the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales to serve on the L&B,” said organiser Tony Nicholson. “The owner named the locomotive after his grandfather.
“We are also expecting the arrival of the next rebuilt original carriage, Coach 16, which was constructed for the Railway in 1897. Together with the magnificently restored Coaches 7 and 17, which returned to Woody Bay in the spring, Coach 16 will see three of the original carriages in service together for the first time, since the old railway closed in 1935.”
In addition to Isaac, the L&BR Trust’s own engine Axe will be at the gala along with the ever-popular Sid (it may be appearing for the last time as it is now for sale) and Emmet, which is returning for the occasion. The miniature railway will also be operating and providing rides. Car parking is free.
The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway will be holding its Autumn Gala at Woody Bay Station on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 10am to 5pm.