Plans are now in place to build a replica of Baldwin no. 15965 by 2012. The new locomotive will look externally just like the original, while benefitting from modern engineering techniques, such as welded tanks (with dummy rivets!), higher boiler pressure and roller bearings.
The 762 Club, although closely linked to the L&B, has been set up as a separate company to raise money, build, maintain and operate the new locomotive.
For more information - including a photo gallery - of the historic Lyn, and details of how you can become involved in this fascinating project, which is rapidly gathering worldwide support, or just to keep in touch with what is going on, see the project's own own website at 762club.com
The new cab for LYN - along with one of the wheel patterns - appeared at Woody Bay for the 2010 Autumn Gala
Since 2013, regular monthly "LYNformation" bulletins have been posted to the 762 website, including details of the latest progress, and photos of various components as they are co0nstructed.
Update: 6th January 2014
The 762 Club issued a press release outlining some of the progress to date, and setting a target for LYN to be in steam by December 2015:
6th January 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
LYN Completion Date Announced!
The 762 Club, the group formed to create a new build of the original 1898 Baldwin locomotive for the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, is pleased to announce the projected first steaming date for “LYN”. It is going to be December 2015; just 23 short months away.
Spurred on by a record income in 2013, and new members coming on board at a rate close to 5 per month, the 762 Club believe that the momentum of fund raising, together with a significantly increased level of commercial sponsorship will allow orders to be placed with our principal contractors to make the steaming date of December 2015 a real possibility. A detailed and fully costed timetable has been agreed, with all long lead time items now having been ordered.
All components are being assembled at the Ross-on-Wye works of Alan Keef and Son ready for frames to be delivered in late 2014. Already, the boiler and saddle are complete, as well as the wheels, smokebox and many other items. A countdown page will soon be added to the 762 Club web sites, and progress towards the steaming date will be regularly updated. Also, our parts to be sponsored page will also become more dynamic and available for supporters to buy parts for “LYN”
Final additional funding will be needed to get us over the line and new members are urgently required to finish the job. If “LYN” is to steam in 2015, then we are looking for a further 150 new members each paying £762 which can be paid in 30 monthly instalments of £25.40. Please visit our web site of www.762club.com and sign up today!
For further information, please contact Peter Best at email@example.com
Update: 1st September 2012
Steady progress continues, with the delivery to Bennett Boilers of the components for the internal regulator, manufactured by Alan Keef Engineering.
762 Club Director Jeremy Martin says:
"We always require additional funding support to keep the pace of the build moving, as can been seen from the updates over the last few months the project is making solid progress. Please help maintain this progress and contribute either through the membership route or think about sponsoring a part. It will be great to see “Lyn” at the head of the new rake of heritage coaches."
Further details, including a photo of the regulator components, can be found on the 762 Club news page