Transporting over 5 million passengers since the line re-opened in 1976, the West Somerset Railway is a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway. It offers a nostalgic ride back in time through the lovely West Somerset and Quantocks countryside and a fascinating study of the industrial heritage that the line preserves. In fact it is the longest heritage line in the country!
More recently volunteers have helped to reopen a short stretch of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway between Killington Lane and Woody bay near Parracombe. This narrow gauge line is currently just 1 mile long but what it lacks in length it makes up for in beauty and there are exciting plans to further extend the line by reopening the old track bed to Blackmoor Gate on the edge of the moor.
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