RGB Building Supplies has donated five bogie rail trucks to the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.
Having occupied the former site, RGB utilised the bogies to move timber from the yard into the sawmill on the existing rail track. Timber was then loaded onto another truck and pushed along the track to the timber storage area.
RGB began using side loader lorries to move timber around the yard from the late 1960s, but the bogies still played a part up until RGB’s move from Rolle’s Quay to Pottington Business Park in 2005. RGB transported the bogie trucks to the new site and placed them in storage, even though they were no longer used.
Martin Budd, Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, said: “A big thank you to RGB for donating the bogies to us. On initial inspection, we believe they could date as far back as World War 1, so they are in relatively good condition. However, we are planning on restoring them as much as we can and putting them to good use in our planned Blackmoor Gate shed.”
Paul Turner, RGB Building Supplies finance director, added: “Due to expansion, we are redeveloping our current Barnstaple site to create more head office space, but as the trucks played an important role in our history, we wanted to make sure they were preserved and went to a good home. We’re delighted that Lynton & Barnstaple Railway will be restoring them and hopefully making use of them again.”