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Aware that much development has been going on in the background, but little has been seen in public, and also that the pace of development is gradually increasing, the 762 Club introduced this on-line update feature in early 2013. This page, updated around once a month, will provide brief news snippets, images and general "Lynformation" on our progress. Please come back regularly for the latest updates.

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LYNformation Bulletin No.44: september 2016

Hi All,

Another action packed month when the progress in completing LYN has increased to another level. So much news, so without further ado, here goes:

LYN is 100% complete!

We now have 100% of the engine complete, paid for and delivered to Alan Keef's works at Lea, Ross-on-Wye.

This does not include some cosmetic items like the cladding, nor a few parts that cannot be made or ordered until further down the assembly process, such as the manifold, but as far as the engine is concerned, we have done it. Now all we have to do is assemble her.

This is a fantastic achievement and huge thanks to you all for making it happen with your generosity and patience.

1. Traction Engine experience day

One of the fund raising ideas this year has been to offer Traction Engine experience days, and on 6th August, Chris and Tim Trotman enjoyed a day driving and steering my Garrett Traction Engine 'Mercury' at the South Cerney Show, close by Cirencester. I think they had a great time and may join the team at future events.

2. Spring assemblies

One of the last sub-assemblies to get delivered were the driving wheel spring assemblies. These were urgently needed to allow for the engine to be put on its wheels. Firstly they have had to be trial fitted, then painted before finally being added to the engine when the axle boxes are fitted. The timetable for this is w/c 29th August. This image shows them just as they were leaving Stockton where they were made.

3. Frames, cylinders and saddle

Huge progress on the assembly of these key components. As I write this, the saddle, cylinders and quite a few other components are now permanently fixed to the frame. Whilst the frames were upside down, the wheel sets were already trial fitted, so now we have the spring sub assembly, the next phase will be to fit the wheels, followed by the pony trucks as well as the balance of the inside motion. It truly is coming together now! Thanks to Geoff Hill for some of the images.

4. Footplate

This has now been trimmed, set up and had all of its mounting holes drilled. It fitted quite well but needed a bit of TLC to fit squarely. It cannot be permanently secured as we need the space to fit the rear pony truck and other stuff under the plate but it is ready to go.

5. Coal Bunker

Whilst collecting some of the parts from store, opportunity was made to get the bunker out and to prepare it for painting. It is a while since it has seen the light of day, so it was good to see again!

6. Cylinder drain cocks

Readers will recall that these were made in South Africa by the late Phil Girdleston. They finally arrived in the UK when they piggy-backed on the recent delivery of two ex-SAR wagons for the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. The wagons were bought from Sandstone and were well packed and arrived bang on time.

All six drain cocks are now ready to fit.


7. Suspension brackets

Also on this shipment were the large and complex suspension brackets. They were delivered to AKL on 18th August and by the following week, they had been cleaned, trimmed up and were in the process of being trial fitted! These items hold the main equalising beams that distribute the weight between the pony truck and main spring assemblies. This whole assembly is critical to the balance of the loco and make up very large (and heavy) components. They should all fit together well, but we will need to wait and see...

8. Lead

Please can you send , deliver, carrier pigeon or call me if you have any lead. The lead weight boxes will be assembled in October, then the process of melting the lead can begin. Obviously if we can avoid buying lead, it is preferable. There will be a big box for any lead contributions at the AKL open day on the 17th September, or it can be left at Woody Bay.

9. Alan Keef Open Day

This year's Open Day on Saturday 17th September. For further details, see the Alan Keef Website

The major item on display will be LYN, and we hope that many 762 Club members can join us at our stand. I will enjoy explaining as much about progress on our engine as I can. I will also have a few sales items on offer. Just as a tempter, the 762 Club will have something very special and a surprise for everyone to show!

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10. Fundraising

The Final Assembly Appeal Matched Funding appeal successfully raised 15,000 before the end of August (we had until the end of September) and this has unlocked 15,000 of matched funds from a generous supporter.

Due to the success of the offer we have the opportunity of another 10,000 of matched funding, so this unique offer will stay open until the end of September. A big thank-you to all who have supported the match fund appeal!

I will try and do another LYNformation just after the Open Day, as the pace of assembly gathers. In the meantime, just a huge thank you to all of our most generous sponsors.

Bye for now,


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