A heritage railway trust is urging their fellow enthusiasts to buy a £425,000 house so they can run a steam train through its back garden every hour.
The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/ want to buy the 260 yards of disused line so they can extend the service they currently run in Devon, but to do so they would have to purchase the four-bedroom house the original trackbed runs past in the village of Parracombe.
The new owner would then have the joy of watching a steam train chug through their garden once an hour every day, as well as a stop right on their doorstep.
'The trackbed is still there, it is very close to the house, and we would like to buy it off the new owner of the property outright and reopen the line there,' said Tony Nicholson, of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway.
'I'm sure it would make the value of the property go up as there are not many places you can buy with a garden railway.
'The station of Parracombe Halt would only be 100 yards away from the house.'
The 2ft wide narrow gauge railway was built in 1898 to take people in north east Devon to Barnstaple and the house, which is called Fairview, was built in 1911 for the newly-married village postman, Fred Antell, whose father Edwin had helped construct the railway.
As well as the trackbed, the grounds of Fairview contain 41 different varieties of rhododendron. The elevated property also enjoys fine views over Exmoor.
But a spokesman for estate agents John Smale and Co, warned potential buyers against selling the land so the train line could be installed.
'If you took away a section of the land it would devalue the property by about £100,000,' he said
'It would also be harder sell in the future if there was a steam railway going through the garden.'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3218283/It-certainly-help-commute-Train-buffs-call-fellow-enthusiast-buy-425-000-house-run-steam-train-garden-hour.html