Barnstaple Town railway station
|Location||Barnstaple, North Devon|
|Original company||London and South Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and South Western Railway|
|16 May 1898||Station opened|
|5 October 1970||Station closed|
The first station named Barnstaple Town was originally opened as Barnstaple Quay in 1874, and became Barnstaple Town in 1886. It was located in Commercial Road and later formed part of the bus station. The total cost of rebuilding the station in its later location was about £6000 (equivalent to £673,300 in 2019), of which £2000 was contributed by the L&B.
Opened on 16 May 1898 to serve as the connection to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway (L&B), a narrow gauge line that ran through Exmoor from Barnstaple to Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, a distance by rail of almost 20 miles. Both lines were controlled by separate signal boxes.
The L&B closed in 1935. The main line closed, along with the station, in October 1970.
During the 1980s and early 1990s the old LSWR signal box was operated as a small museum for the L&B and the station building was in use as a restaurant. The signal box is now (2007) empty but the station building is now used as a school.
In late 2015 a charity named Combe Rail was formed with the intention of establishing a heritage railway on the trackbed of the Ilfracombe-Barnstaple line as well as lobbying for a full reopening in the future.
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- "Homepage". Combe Rail. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Barnstaple Junction||L&SWR Ilfracombe Branch
|Terminus||Lynton and Barnstaple Railway