Although Exmoor is renowned for its wild landscapes and impressive coast, it
has also been home to some remarkable railways. Significant and much-loved
lines such as the Taunton-Barnstaple, Exe Valley and Barnstaple-Ilfracombe have
long gone, swept away by the Beeching axe, although traces of them can be
followed on the ground to this day.
Others catered for industry which once found
a home on the moor, such as the West Somerset Mineral Railway, whose
spectacular incline still descends from the heights of the Brendon Hills towards
the Bristol Channel.
Above all, Exmoor today boasts the unique Lynton-Lynmouth Cliff Railway;
the longest preserved steam railway in the country, in the West Somerset Railway
which skirts the northern fringes of the National Park; and the Lynton-Barnstaple
Railway which, when fully restored, will be the longest narrow gauge line in
Now fully revised, updated and re-illustrated by Allan Stanistreet, this classic guide to the railways
round Exmoor appears again by popular demand. Fully comprehensive, it
tells the history of Exmoor’s railways from their earliest days and captures the
ongoing story of the area’s preserved railways in their twenty-first century glory.
Robin Madge was a highly regarded teacher, head of the Art Department at Huish’s Grammar
School, Taunton, and railway enthusiast, who wrote the first edition of Railways Round Exmoor
in 1971, and updated it several times thereafter.
Allan Stanistreet is the author of six books, and has assisted with several others, as well as
numerous magazine articles, book reviews, the first four editions of the West Somerset Railway
Guide Book and the first WSR Stations and Buildings book.
Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 110 5, hardback, 210x148mm, 128 pages. New Edition 2017.