Remembrance Day 2022
Roll up! Roll up! Wotlark's Travelling Funfair in full swing during the summer months.
Family entertainment that costs nothing. Enjoy!
Gateway for operators only! But the elevated layout over provides terrific eye level viewing.
A train about to depart from 'Woody Gate' station on the WBGR. "All aboard!"
Our 16mm Group holds regular meetings from April until the end of September on the Woody Bay Garden Railway, possibly moving from, (previously Saturdays), to Sundays in 2023, dry weather conditions permitting. Use of the layout is restricted to our 16mm Association members and L&BR volunteers, or to Association members in general by special arrangement.
The layout, featuring our busy station 'Woody Gate', is not finished by any means, and we are now on Phase 2 which is full scenic embellishment. This is an ongoing task which will no doubt take several months...but doesn't of course stop us enjoying what's available so far.
The Woody Bay Garden Railway is now closed until April 2023.
The lie of the land - a gentle slope - means that several views are offered from virtually eye level to knee level! So plenty of easy spectating for all ages!
Enjoying a distant vista of North
Devon's 'Holdstone Down' and the
rolling hills of Exmoor National Park, our 16mm:1ft scale garden railway within the grounds of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway's station at Woody Bay has now become a reality.
Whilst our members finance the scenic content and their own fuel consumption in raising steam, the layout's upkeep is supported, as our slogan says, through kind pocket money donations, however small, from our happy visitors. Thank you for your valuable company and support.
*No admittance charge *Free parking.
*New tea room *Disabled access
Adding scenic work to the layout is now in progress. Above we see a farmhouse and pub on 'Sandy Lane', built with the 'JigStones' system invented by our member Pete Chandler. All models are removed for any maintenance required during the closed winter period.
Above, 'Lew' hauls a passenger train past the first collection of 1:19 scale model buildings.
The model buildings seen here have been constructed by member Pete Chandler using his 'JigStones'* self cast system which has been available to the hobby since 1992. 'JigStones' enables thousands of varied designs to be built using rubber moulds to produce as many stone effect components as one wishes, with wall blocks cast in rapid set cement (Wickes product is recommended).
JigStones is now produced and supplied by Bertram Heyn at modell-werkstatt.de, and is also available for 'G' scale.
*Pete is now retired and no longer has business connections with the JigStones product, but pleased to continue demonstrating what can be achieved, and offer guidance.
A working village funfair (above) adds colour to the scene on summer steamup days, weather permitting, sometimes with carousel organ music created by one of our members. Yes, we're a multitasking bunch!
Not far away is a sheltered rocky bay of pure Devonshire charm. But we do ask visitors to please NOT touch our handiwork. It's L&B property. Efforts in creating all of this does use up our spare time to achieve.
We usually have a selection of models running in turn during the day, and our live steam trains are timed to be running, as much as possible, when you return on your L&B journey from Killington Lane Halt. So don't miss us! Just head for the loco yard overlook...and there we are on the grassy bank.
The slightly larger scale of 7/8":1ft will also sometimes be running (left).
The next time you visit Woody Bay station on a steamup day*, weather permitting, we'll be there sharing our much loved hobby, and taking along a varied collection of our favourite locos and trains. Happy to answer any questions about joining this great outdoor pastime, the hobby can be expensive, but there are cash saving options which enable fun even if budget restricted/
*Please check this page for steamup days to be posted in April 2023.
Like most of us, many garden railway fans are now in their later years. This means that crawling around a true, down to earth, garden railway is not as easy to do.
The raised layout therefore fits the bill where our Groups' older fraternity are concerned. Kneeling on a sharp speck of gravel to couple up a carriage will not be an option!
Catering is close at hand at a brand new tea room. But hold fire on a cuppa when you alight from the train, turn left after crossing the track and you'll find the Garden Railway on the grassy slope. A picnic area is situated facing the layout...so whether bringing a packed lunch or enjoying refreshment from the tea room, you'll not go hungry!
A gift shop is housed in the main building, stocked with a host of souvenirs,
books, videos, L&B attire, mementos and ices.
Disabled visitors are well catered for with a dedicated parking area close to the
platform area and train departures, and there's a handy zigzag slope access for the disabled to view our garden railway
The Two Moors Group and Central Somerset Group thank the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway and L&BR Trust Fund for their much appreciated support and co-operation in this project.
We thank the following individuals and companies for donated or promised materials or equipment to assist the project.
Pat Brewer, Roger Gardner, Paul Fennon, Ken Povey, David Chandler, David Parmar-Phillips, Nigel Gettings, Chris Tilley, Laurence Poole, Jonathan Curtis, Dave Pinniger, Dave Barnett, Terry Bowden, Malcom Clarke, Richard Lingard, South Devon 16mm Group, Annelise Harris, Pete Chandler
SM32 track has been kindly provided by the L&BR as a result of a previously planned project
that requested donated items from the public. To those donators we present our thanks and hope that our use of them now completes the original goal in mind. Unfortunately it has not been possible to include 45mm gauge circuitry due to limited space.
Many thanks to all the above for their kind generosity.
...AND A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEER BUILDERS
Arthur Cole, Roger Gardner, Pete Chandler, Chris Tilley, Ernie Smith,
Terry Bowden, Nigel Gettings, Ken Povey, Laurence Poole, Paul James
and Phil Farr-Cox
PLUS ASSOCIATED ASSISTANCE FROM
L&B General Manager Stuart Nelhams and our Liaison Officer Pat Brewer
The Woody Bay Garden Railway
is now closed until April 2023.
*If impracticalities arise the running will be cancelled. Please check here for advice on the day before starting your journey. The layout may be in use as part of maintenance or creative activities on other days, weather permitting and, as such, may not be presented in the full 'exhibition' mode of normal running.