Snapper Halt railway station

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Snapper Halt
L&B Crest
L&B Crest
Location
Area North Devon
Coordinates 51°05′30″N 4°00′40″W / 51.0916°N 4.0110°W / 51.0916; -4.0110Coordinates: 51°05′30″N 4°00′40″W / 51.0916°N 4.0110°W / 51.0916; -4.0110
Grid reference SS 59265 34401
Operations
Original company Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
Post-grouping Southern
Platforms 1
History
1903 Opened[1]
29 September 1935 Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Snapper Halt railway station was a station on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, a narrow gauge line that ran through Exmoor from Barnstaple to Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon, England. The station served a rural area near the hamlet of Snapper.

History[edit]

The hamlet derives its name from the station, which in turn was named after the nearby Inn of the same name.[2] The "Snapper" Inn had long become a private house by the time the railway arrived, and is now known by the name 'Glendale'. It is widely believed that the Inn and the hamlet derived its name from La Snappe, which was first shown recorded here in 1256 and means boggy land, inferior pasture or winter pasture.[3]

The halt opened in 1903[1] at the request of the village of Goodleigh, and closed with the line on 29 September 1935.[1] Trains stopped here by request, but never after dark.[4] From 1923 until closure, the line was operated by the Southern Railway.

After closure, one of the coaches - 6991 - was placed on a short length of track at Snapper halt, and used as a summer house. It was truncated in the 1950s and was eventually burned in the mid-1960s.

Another coach - 6993 - was left further along the track. In 1959 this was removed by the newly resurrected Festiniog Railway and has now run more miles as Buffet Car 14 in Wales than it ever did in Devon.

Present day[edit]

In December 2010, Exmoor Associates (EA) - a private company dedicated to securing L&B trackbed for eventual use by the revived railway - completed the purchase of Snapper Halt and 700 yards of the original trackbed, including bridge 15 - a cattle creep - which is still in situ.[5]

The station building - a simple concrete shelter - still stands and was fitted with a new tiled roof by EA Volunteers in February 2011, replacing the rusted corrugated iron roof that had been in place for many years. At the same time as the roof was replaced, the platform and trackbed were cleared of undergrowth to improve access for maintenance and management. [6]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Pilton
(Goods Only)
  Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
(1898-1935)
  Chelfham

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Butt (1995), page 214
  2. ^ Fice, J.E. (1982). The history of Goodleigh : a north Devon village. Barnstaple, UK: Toptown Printers. p. 128. 
  3. ^ The placenames of Devon (1931/2)
  4. ^ Gower, P (1999). The Lynton & Barnstaple railway : yesterday and today. UK: Oakwood Press. p. 112. ISBN 9780853615378. 
  5. ^ Exmoor Associates news item: Snapper Halt Is Ours! (retrieved 28 February 2011)
  6. ^ L&BR Trust News Item (retrieved 28 February 2011)

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