Barnstaple Town Station - April 1982
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. Today the station building has been refurbished and operates as a restaurant retaining many of its original features.
View from the north end of Barnstaple Town Station back towards Barnstaple Junction. The narrow gauge Lynton and Barnstaple Railway platform was on the left. The orange VW camper van stands on the former track bed this area having been turned into a car-park.
Camera: Contax 139, Carl Zeiss 28mm f2.8 Distagon
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