N.B. Please do not contact Alan Keef Ltd asking to view LYN. The locomotive will be launched at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway gala on the 30th September. 762 Club members do have opportunities to see the locomotive, but only on invited members days
At its opening in May 1898, the legendary narrow-gauge Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in North Devon was equipped with three Manning Wardle 2-6-2 tank engines. Two months later they were joined by a Baldwin 2-4-2 which was reassembled at Pilton. All four locomotives were named after three-letter Devon rivers. The Baldwin was named 'LYN' but commonly referred to by the staff as 'The Yankee'. When the Southern Railway took over the line in 1923, they also gave LYN a number: E (For Eastleigh - the Southern shed Pilton was attached to) 762.
The original LYN was built to a unique design, ordered and delivered in a very short time by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, USA and worked on the line until closure. After the auction sale it was reduced to scrap very quickly with only the nameplates surviving. Despite a few teething problems, 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 762 Club - a registered charity - was formed in 2009 to design, construct, own and maintain a replacement Baldwin 2-4-2 - also named LYN of course - for operation on the new Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. Some eight years later, LYN is almost complete and will be launched at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Autumn Gala on 30 September 2017.
The resurgent Lynton & Barnstaple Railway is planning to increase the length of line from Woody Bay to Wistlandpound via Blackmoor gate and eventually to reconstruct most of the original railway, linking Lynton to Barnstaple again. (See the All Aboard! campaign on the L&B Website.) As part of this, the Railway needs to obtain appropriate locomotives and rolling stock. LYN is the most suitable of the original locomotives for the line in the short to medium term, being efficient, flexible and comfortable - very necessary given the exposed location of the railway.
We are building the new locomotive to have the appearance of the original - in the condition that it returned from a rebuild at Eastleigh works in 1929. However, we are intending to provide an efficient, easy-to-maintain and powerful engine that is fit for very many years service into the 21st Century. So, for example, there are roller bearings for the wheels, coupling and connecting rods, higher boiler pressure, welded tanks and various other improvements.
Whilst we are fully subscribed we still require funds to complete the project, so why not join us today!?
Join us now, and get acquainted with "LYN"
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