The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway at Woody Bay will see its famous LYN locomotive return later this month, but as a new-build replica.
The L&BR's Autumn Steam Gala, which takes place from September 30 - October 1, will provide the stage for its new engine where it will be paired with the railway’s four-coach rake of authentic L&B carriages, the first time the line has been able to field a complete L&B train of its own making.
The locomotive has been built at the works of the engineering contractor Alan Keef near Ross-on-Wye, and was funded by the independent charity the 762 Club.
The original LYN was built in 1898 to a unique design, ordered and delivered in a very short time by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, USA and it worked on the Lynton & Barnstaple line until closure. After the auction sale it was reduced to scrap very quickly with only the nameplates surviving. LYN was a popular and distinctive engine that was also the most powerful on the line - on occasion pulling five-coach trains, one more than normally allowed.
The locomotive is an exact replica of the original LYN which was scrapped in 1935, however the actual engine on the inside is very different and claims to be one of the greenest steam locomotives to be built in the UK.
The railway also has future-development plans to extend the track, which is currently only a mile in length. It believes that these ambitious £16million plans will strengthen the local economy and bring more tourists to the region, putting North Devon back on the map as a rail destination.
The L&B’s other resident locomotives - Kerr Stuart 0-6-0T Works No. 2451 ‘Axe’, Bagnall 0-4-2T Works No. 3023 ‘Isaac’ - will also be in steam at the event.
For more information on the upcoming event, visit www.lynton-rail.co.uk.
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