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Report - Barnstaple Town Station - April 1982

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I commented on the thread regarding the Peters Marland Railway that I had quite a few photos that I took late 70s early 80s at various sites on the former Southern Railway routes west of Exeter - known to many with an interest in railways as "The Withered Arm".

I'll kick off my collection with a report on a visit to Barnstaple Town Station made in April 1982 - some twelve years after closure.

Since taking these photographs the station has been restored and is now used as a restaurant with some of the features retained.

Barnstaple Town Station Opened on May 16, 1898 on the Barnstaple Junction to Ilfracombe Line. As well as serving the town centre it served as an interchange point with the narrow gauge Lynton and Barnstaple Railway.

Originally operated by the London and South Western Railway - it passed to the Southern Railway at the grouping and later British Railways Southern Region and in its final years BR Western Region. The Lynton and Branstaple Railway closed in 1935. Barnstaple Town closed on October 05, 1970.

There was an attempt to reopen the line by the North Devon Railway Company - however, this failed in 1974 and the track was removed. I visited the station on April 08, 1982 when these photographs were taken.

General view from the south end:



General view from the north end looking towards Barnstaple Junction. The former Lynton and Barnstaple Narrow Gauge railway platform was on the left where the wooden fence is visible.



The signal box and level crossing:



The station viewed from the forecourt:



View along the platform looking south:



Ornamental ironwork


View north from the other side of the iron work gates. The former Lynton and Barnstaple railway platform is on the right where the fence is.
 

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