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Exmoor Steam Railway // Barnstaple

Exmoor Steam Railway

Exmoor Steam Railway is located in Bratton Fleming, on the western slopes of the Exmoor National Park in north Devon. It sits at almost 1000 feet above sea level and is the highest narrow gauge steam railway in the country.

The railway opened in 1990 as a tourist attraction and originally ran from the main station at Exmoor Central following a descent down a large embankment and back up through a spiral tunnel. The station of Cape of Good Hope opened in 1996 and changed the layout of the line.

In 2001 Exmoor Steam Railway closed to the public to concentrate on building new steam locomotives; Exmoor is one of the biggest builders of significant sized steam engines in the world with at least two or three new ones every year. It is also home to a well known collection of steam engines imported from South Africa.  In late 2008 work was started to extend the line and by mid-2010 there was an additional half mile of track that had been developed with a much steeper ascending and descending layout.

Only open by prior appointment

 

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