On our holiday in North Devon last week we enjoyed a ride on the steam hauled Lynton and Barnstaple Railway.
This is a delightful narrow gauge line that runs through a small piece
of Exmoor countryside. When the line was originally build and opened in
1898 this 1ft 11.5in gauge line ran all the way from the market town
of Barnstaple to Lynton on the north coast winding its way around the
hills. It included some long 1 in 50 inclines. The narrow gauge was
chosen to minimise the costs and to allow tight curves on the line. It
closed in 1935. Today the line is run as a trust and only over a very
short length although, funds permitting, it is eventually hoped that the
whole length can be reinstated as few obstructions prevent this. If you
are in this part of the west country I can recommend a visit to this
fascinating little line.